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Is there a limiter for IEM?

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Ron L Stickel:
Hello,
My church is looking to start using IEM.  None of us have any experience with them.
My main concern is how do we protect the user's ears from a signal spike entering the IE's?
A signal spike could occur from someone disconnecting an acoustic guitar, or a feedback event.
Is there a device to put upstream of the IE's that will provide a hard volume limit in these situations?
How do other church's deal with this?

Mac Kerr:

--- Quote from: Ron LS on May 02, 2024, 11:46:02 PM ---Hello,
My church is looking to start using IEM.  None of us have any experience with them.
My main concern is how do we protect the user's ears from a signal spike entering the IE's?
A signal spike could occur from someone disconnecting an acoustic guitar, or a feedback event.
Is there a device to put upstream of the IE's that will provide a hard volume limit in these situations?
How do other church's deal with this?

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Mike Caldwell:
If your using a digital mixer most have compressors/limiters on the mix outputs, for starters set it to a high ratio and the threshold at the point so it's just not limiting with the normal program audio level.

Some IEM systems also have some limiting built in.

Lee Douglas:
I'm not sure if it applies to this situation in particular, but it seems when ever I've run across churches and bar bands trying to do IEM on the cheap, somebody reads something on the internet and comes up with the hardwired any old headphone amp method, which has zero protection for the user. Don't go down this path, unless you are absolutely sure of the upstream limiting you are setting up.  Someone's hearing depends on it.  The other thing to be sure of is and should go without saying, is that you have enough sends to give everyone their own mix.  Nothing funnier than a guitar player and a lead vocalist sharing the same mix and trying to out loud the other one.  Especially when it's the same person.

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