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Mix Yourself a Perfect One

December, 2002 - Onstage or in the studio, a poor monitor mix can ruin a performance for any musician—whether you are monitoring through floor wedges, personal ear monitors, or headphones.

The problem is, in many live production venues—small clubs, houses of worship, television studios—there just isn't enough time to communicate with the engineer and set up the perfect mix for every performer. And in many instances, there may not even be a separate monitor mixer.

Whether you're first on the bill with six other bands at a local club, or one act among several at a worship service, or recording your latest demo, the front of house or recording engineer has enough to do without having to create a unique monitor mix for you... and every other performer. So how can you get the monitor mix you need every time you perform?

Personal Monitor Mixing
Hear Back is the answer—a high-power, low-distortion personal monitor mixing system from Hear Technologies that assures you the perfect mix, show after show. Easy to set up, intuitive to use, flexible and inexpensive, the Hear Back system puts control of your monitor mix at your fingertips with faster set up and a quicker sound check. Now, with a perfect monitor mix virtually guaranteed, you can relax and concentrate on your performance.

Hear Back benefits audio production staff too. Not having to set up and tweak separate mixes for each and every performer saves time and that saves operating costs. Personal monitors, especially wired or wireless ear systems, offer vastly improved clarity at much lower levels than loudspeaker systems. But even with loudspeakers,a superior monitor mix translates into a quieter mix onstage, allowing the engineer to create a better front of house mix.

The Hear Back System
The basic Hear Back system comprises a Hub feeding up to 8 personal Mixers. A single Hub supplies audio signals and power to each of the connected Mixers through individual CAT5E cables. No AC cords or wall warts to trip you up on stage means no danger that your monitors will accidentally lose power. (A 4-station Hear Back package—a single Hub and 4 mixers—comes with 4 free, fifty foot CAT5E cables, a $100 value.)

The Hub accepts three eight-channel input sources that are switch-selectable on the front panel. These include: eight analog inputs (such as matrix, auxiliary, direct outs, or other feeds from an analog mixing console); ADAT Optical (for inputs from digital mixers, workstations, or playback devices); and HearBus. The proprietary HearBus allows up to 32 Hubs to be linked to create larger systems. High quality 24-bit converters throughout ensure excellent audio fidelity and allow long line runs without loss of audio quality. System latency is less than 1.5 milliseconds.

Local Control, Local Protection
Each Mixer provides control of up to 10 audio channels, including a stereo Aux input that allows a stereo mix, click or drum machine to be introduced locally. Pairs of inputs may be linked for stereo operation. Indicators on the Mixer's front panel—including bus, channel link and headphone amplifier over-temperature LEDs—provide visual feedback of the system s operating status, and in the event of a short, the amplifier shuts down automatically.

Two headphone outputs are provided as well as two balanced line outputs, providing a single mono or stereo output for use with a personal wireless ear monitor or floor wedge system. A Master Volume pot controls the level of the eight audio inputs from the Hub and the local Aux input to the headphone and line outputs.

A powerful built-in amplifier drives headphones at all impedances, allowing a single Mixer to feed multiple high-impedance ear buds for a choir or backing singers. The virtual zero headphone output impedance additionally provides a better dampening factor for tighter bass response.

In addition to providing the means for each musician to set his or her own monitor level safely, the Hear Back system also offers a number of features to protect your precious hearing. Hear Back has a built-in DSP with user control of a brick-wall limiter protecting earphone wearers from extreme volume levels and monitor wedges from overload.

Flexible, expandable, and with high audio quality, Hear Back is a professional personal monitoring system. Easy to use and affordable by design, Hear Back puts control of your mix where it belongs.

www.HearTechnologies.com
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