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Old 29th September 2004
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Gearchick: Custom-fit in-ear monitors have come along ways in the past few years. The biggest improvement has been in the digital consoles, which can do all the required brickwall limiting on multiple mixes without requiring expensive outboard gear. If everbody is on them, you can signifigantly reduce stage volumes making the FoH engineer's job easier. Add a rumbler on the drum throne or attach them under the risers, and even the bottom dwellers will be satisfied (sometimes).

About the brickwall limiting. There is a scene in the movie "The fifth element" when zorg's henchman is eavesdropping using a mic'd robotic fly. Every time I see the headphones fly off the guy when the bug gets smashed with a shoe makes my hair stand on end.