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KEYBOARD IS THERE ANY THING THAT I CAN BUY THAT WILL ALLOW SOUND TO COME FROM MY KEYBOARD AS WELL AS GO INTO AN ON STAGE SOUND SYSTEM. I HAVE DIFFICULTY HEARING MYSELF PLAY WHEN I AM PLUGGED INTO SYSTEM EVEN WHEN THERE IS A MONITOR ONSTAGE. PS. I ONLY HAVE ONE OUTLET TO PHONES AND MIDI OUTLETS. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? CHARLIE FEARN

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  • charlie fearn Mar 15, 2008

    that would be great but then i wouldnt be able to plug into the stage sound system as i said i only have one outlet as well as a midi in and out.

    P.S.. i am old and have lousy hearing

  • charlie fearn Mar 17, 2008

    THANKS A MILLION FOR THE INFO AND I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW YOU ADVICE DEPENDING ON THE COST.

    I BOUGHT A BEHRINGER ULTRA-DI ACTIVE DI-BOX WHICH SOMEONE HAD RECOMMENDED TO ME , BUT IF ITS ANY GOOD FOR THE PROBLEM THEN I DONT KNOW HOW TO USE IT.



    THANKS AGAIN- CHARLIE.



    PS JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION I JUST PLAY AND SING IN A MOBILE PARK THAT IS WELL EQUIPPED FOR STAGE PRODUCTIONS AND I REALLY AM OLD (77) REGARDS

    CHAS

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Hi again Chas



    Thanks for the info. Well done on still performing at 77. It's difficult to get your head around some of the modern gadgets that are used today.



    The DI Box can be considered as a line conditioner. This means that you feed your keyboard into one end, and the other end feeds into the stage system which is usually a mixing desk. The purpose of the DI Box is to make sure the signal received by the stage system is nice and clean without buzzing or noise pick up on the long cables you might be using.



    Unfortunately, I don't think you will be able to use it to help with foldback. The small mixer is a better bet.



    I just thought, I don't know if you use a hearing aid? If you do, check and see whether a loop system is used where you play. If there is a loop system in use, just use your hearing aid switched to the telephone coil " T " position on the switch. Worth a try.



    All the best



    Helen

  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Oh boy! My apologies, I thought you meant the phones and midi outputs were the only spare sockets, not the only sockets on the keyboard. You say you are old with lousy hearing, but I am old and stupid...I guess I'd rather be you!



    There is a simple answer. Get yourself a small audio mixer that has a monitor/headphone output.

    Feed the headphone output from your keyboard into one of the mixer inputs.

    Feed the output of your mixer into the stage system.

    Use the mixer's headphone output to drive a pair of headphones or to drive another amplifier with a foldback speaker.

    A good mixer for this if you can get a used one somewhere is a Behringer MX702A



    Best wishes



    Helen


  • Palmbeach
    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Hi Charlie



    You have an age old problem there and need what is known as Foldback. Pro musicians use special foldback speakers that face the performers rather than the audience so that they can hear what they are playing.



    You mention that there is a monitor speaker in use. I would guess it is either not suitable for foldback or it is incorrectly positioned or set.



    Foldback speakers should be positioned low on the stage and face directly towards you facing upwards at an angle of approx 45º



    You haven't mentioned whether you are in a band or solo? Also whether you always play at the same place?



    Ideally you should use a line output feed but you could use your headphone output to drive an active speaker amplifier. Another option would be to use a separate amplifier and foldback speaker. Again you could use the headphone output to feed this. You would have to keep the headphone gain reduced as it will probably be too high if you don't.



    Many pro musicians use wireless earphones. You can plug your headphone output into a small box that sends a signal to wireless earphones, these can even be custom made to fit your ears.



    Failng that, have you tried using phones whilst performing? You could start a new trend!

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PalmBeach...great answer, buddy

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