I am a drummer that is playing in a fairly active bar band. I am starting to play live with a click track and some backing tracks from my iPad. I am currently running my click and backing track channels into a small mixer, which I use to drive a pair of Vic Firth isolation headphones (cans).
I would like to get a pair of IEM's to use in place of the big Vic Firth cans, and I'd also like to bring a monitor feed from the board into my mixer. That way I can adjust the balance between the monitor mix, click track, and backing tracks.
I've been doing some reading, though, and have read some stern warnings about using IEMs without a limiter. Folks say that you could be in for some serious damage if someone unplugs a microphone or something while your IEMs are in place. So now I am very concerned, because I do not have a limiter on my mixer, and I'm using wired Shure SE215's, which have no limiter either.
As far as I can tell, the only ways to add a limiter to my system are a) add an outboard limiter like a Rolls SL33 or rackmount unit, b) use wireless instead of wired IEM, or c) use something like the Tasty Blender instead of a mixer.
EDIT: I should add that I also have a FiiO E07K that I use at work. Would using this to drive the IEM provide any kind of limiter effect?
Outboard gear means more gear to lug around, and as a drummer I have plenty already. Wireless is not really needed since I am stationary, and it gets to be rather expensive anyway. The Tasty Blender might be OK, but it seems odd that they are the only ones making a product like that, and I prefer having a mixer that can be used in other situations as well.
I was wondering what other people are doing in this situation. Have you found a limiter to be really necessary, and if so, how do you handle it?
Edited by EricT43 - 12/4/13 at 8:33am