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Rolls PM351 Personal Monitor Mixer Review by John Ubben

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Hi it's John from CCI Solutions. I want to tell you today about a product that is going to allow you to realize the benefits of personal monitor mixing. and in-ear monitors. Let's talk about the <a href="">Rolls PM351</a> personal monitor mixer. The Rolls PM351 mixer allows you to create your own personal monitor mix and it's very easy to use and very affordable. And unlike some of the more expensive systems, this is something that you can build one piece at a time for each musician, singer, instrumentalist, you can add them and grow the system however you like.

The goal to personal monitor mixing is really to allow each individual to be able to adjust some of the parameters of what they're hearing in their monitor mix, without having to have the main sound person adjust all of the different monitor mixes for everybody and then lose track of what he's doing for the main mix out front. The PM351 is so easy to use because there's only 3 controls on the mixer. There's a volume control for your instrument. There is a volume control for your microphone level. And there is a separate control for the overall or baseline monitor mix that gets sent from your main mixing console.

Unlike other systems, the Rolls PM351 doesn't rely on sending all of the mixes form one central spot back to the mixer. What's nice about it is that your own output of your instrument goes right into the mixer. The output of your mic plugs right into the mixer. And then the outputs of both your microphone and your instrument feed through and go right into your snake and get fed out to the main mixer position. That allows you to be able to make adjustments of your own instrument and your own voice without affecting anyone else. That's really what most people want. It's what we call a "more of me" mix. So, you're listening to the whole rest of the band, the whole rest of the group, and you can individually adjust your mic level and your instrument level without affecting anyone else.

The PM351 mixer is extremely easy to use and set up. The first thing you need to do is plug in your mic input. And then from the mic-thru jack you're going to take an output of your mic and send it to your mixer on stage. Then you're going to plug in your instrument to the instrument input. And there's like a little direct box that allows you to have either a left and right out or just a mono out and you're going to take the output of your instrument and go to the snake on stage. Then to get the monitor mix into the mixer from your main console, you take a stereo output, and you can feed it into the line input.

Another important piece that you can use with the PM351 is the <a href="">PS16 distribution box.</a> What's very cool about that is it allows you to take the output of your mixer on your monitor mix, your baseline monitor mix, feed it into that box and it gives you 4 separate sends that can go to 4 different mixers on stage. In addition to the audio, it allows you to feed the power required to run each of the mixers up the same cable that the audio goes on. All you need to use is a simple stereo, what we call a TRS connector cable, and that allows you to send the audio signal and the D/C power that's required to run these mixers up the same cable and so you don't have to have any wall-warts or anything hanging off of your mixer on the mic stand. So the output from the PS16 that has the power and the audio on it, plugs into the line input and now you're all set. Notice there are no wall-warts that are coming off the mixer.

By the way, this mixer is being supported from the microphone stand by a special, optional mic stand adapter that you can buy with it. It makes it real handy to have it right at your mixing position on your mic stand. There's a couple of different output jacks on the PM351 that make it really easy to use with different kinds of listening devices. First of all, if you're going to use headphones or in-ear monitors, there's two connector outputs here. One is a 1/4-inch jack for main headphones, or even if you want to use a powered monitor, that will work for that output as well. If you have the little mini jack that goes on a lot of in-ear monitors or some other headphones, there's also an 1/8-inch mini jack that allows you to plug directly into the mixer. So you can set your mix, listen on in-ear monitors, on headphones, or even on a small, powered monitor up on stage.

Okay, so that's the PM351, here at CCI Solutions we sell these boxes individually and any particular person can just plug in their own and have their own monitor mix, or, we have complete systems that allow several people to be able to mix this way. It's a really great way to get introduced into personal monitor mixing and using in-ear monitors.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 21 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCI Solutions
Director: CCI Solutions
Views: 148
Posted by: ccisolutions on Nov 18, 2013

Join veteran worship leader John Ubben as he shows you how you can use the Rolls PM351 personal monitor mixer to hear better during any live performance.

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