VIDEO REVIEW: Posse Personal Monitor System
I can’t begin to express how happy I was to get this review! I was looking at this product on the internet and thinking how cool this would be to have in some of the bands I play in. Lo and behold that night Reverend Bill himself asked me if I wanted to do the review. WOO HOO!!!!
So what is it? It's a mixing system for your monitor. You can use it to send audio to a powered wedge, but most of the people who will find this really useful are on in-ears. I have used "ears" for more than a decade on every gig where I can. I use and love my Future Sonics custom molds. If you want to se my review of those, CLICK HERE.
I am a bass player and singer and I play music for a living. That means that I play anywhere I can. I have my own band, I play in a couple of others, I sub in a half a dozen other bands. I even had a gig for a while where I played congas, not bass. I work in big places with a real PA and a sound tech, and I work in little places where we mix from the stage. Those small gigs are the thing that keep some players and singers from going to in-ears. A mix you hate in a wedge? You can at least step away from it. A bad mix sitting inside your head? Nightmare. On the small gigs, even if you have taken the leap and made the investment in a good set of ear molds, you are at the mercy of the system (are there enough monitor outs to give you a mix all to yourself) and the tech (do they know how to get a good in-ear monitor mix and do they care enough to make the extra effort). The Posse solves this problem by giving you level controls for your instrument, your vocal mic and even a pair of ambient mics, and all of that control is in a little box that hangs from your mic stand.
Let’s get into the unit. The “POSSE” (which stands for personal onstage sound environment) is the next generation of ear monitor systems. This one is a little more detailed and set up to be operated by the musician or singer on stage. All the controls are right at your fingertips. There are many different set-up options for all different players. No one is left out, not even horn players.
The “POSSE” unit comes with everything included. All the cords you’ll need excluding the cords to send to the mixer. It even comes with a set of ear buds.
The company boasts that all the cords are non-proprietary and can easily found in any music store or electronics store. It comes in its own carrying case with everything you need. What I like about this set up is that it’s small and compact. The whole monitor system fits in a tiny bag and is lighter than my bass.
The main floor unit runs on 110 volt power or 9v battery. It also has a switch for phantom power as well. It has a ton of in and out’s. You can even plug in your mp3 player and practice with it.
The in and out section on the back are both XLR and 1/4”. The Aux in section runs in mono or stereo. There is a 1/8” out on the front that you can use to send to your personal recorder as well.
The mixer unit is very slim and mounts on your mic stand. All the knobs are easy to and move and are very smooth.
The tuner function is great. It did take me a minute to figure out the lights that tell you when you’re in tune but that’s very minor and I never claimed to be that smart…
I like the fact that it’s very easy to set up. It did take me longer than 5 minutes to get going but that’s because I’m not a manual reader. I like to just take the stuff out and set it up and figure it out on my own. BUT... and this is important. You need a certain level of audio input and output knowledge to set the Posse up. The manual has a number of scenarios and how to set them up. Here is how I used it.
I got a feed off the PA which went into one of the 1/4" inputs on the Posse. This was just a general monitor mix with a little of everything except my bass and vocal and heavy on the kick and snare. My vocal mic went directly into the Posse floor box and split from there to the house PA. My bass was the same deal. output of the bass into the Posse belt pack which both sent my bass signal to the floor bax from where it went to my amp and sent the mixed signal of everything to my in-ears. This is a nice feature because it means just one cable between me and the floor box which sate right next to my mic stand.
See what I mean about understanding signal flow? Also known by us musician types as inputs and outputs. (Hint: If you want to impress the club sound guy, casually refer to it as I/O. He might think you actually know something. LOL) Once the Posse is hooked up, it is dead simple to use. But you have to know what plugs into what in order to get it up and running.
I did use the ear buds that came with the unit and they’re very good sounding. I prefer my custom ear molds but if you don’t have your own the ones supplied are great to get you started.
All in all I think the “POSSE” is a great set up. You get to control your mix for the most part. I have used it on several occasions where I had no monitor at all and this was a life saver. If you don’t have a feed from the mixer for all the other mics and instruments the ambient mics are life savers. While they are not perfect and it would be better to have a send from the house they are a great option to have.
The people at “POSSE” really took the time to figure out what we needed and then made it. This is the perfect piece of gear for the soloist or band member.
It’s not cheap list price is $499.00, but definitely worth the price. If you shop around you get get it a little cheaper online.
I have to give the “POSSE” two thumbs up! Way to go guys!