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Silent Band combining Aerodrums and Guitars

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:18 pm
by christophire
Fellow Aerodrum users,
I have had my Aerodrums for over 2 years now - enjoying them weekly at band rehearsals in a church hall. I really appreciate not lugging my Mapex acoustic kit there each week!

Anyway, my question is this...
I am interested in creating a "silent band" i.e. guitarists and drummer (on Aerodrums) play instruments whilst listening on headphones. Externally there is very limited noise. Yes for sure some cursing, light strumming noises, and some foot-slapping sounds on the floor ...
(Would be beneficial when church room not available and we have to practice in my house)

I imagine a mixing desk would be able to do this but I don't own one.
So I am after
a) suggestion of a cheap mixer to use (max £50 say) - is that even possible?!?, or
b) some software and cheap hardware to take multiple inputs and then output the combined sound to multiple headphones

Has anyone experimented with this?
Has anyone got a cheap method for this?
Have I explained myself well enough?!


Re: Silent Band combining Aerodrums and Guitars

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:10 am
by Ringowig
Hi Chris,

I think basically what you’re after is a ‘ Jamhub’ type solution..Roland also make a ‘silent rehearsal’ unit but neither of these options are cheap. Best looking for a cheap mixer with multiple individual monitor sends..that way each musician gets their own individual mix sent to their headphones. I managed to get my Behringer Euro Mixer to do this with 3 sends after I was looking for a similar solution myself recently...I discovered I could then have a 3 piece band rehearsal in silence in my garage using Aerodrums 8-) ..good luck!

Re: Silent Band combining Aerodrums and Guitars

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:31 pm
by christophire
Thanks. I’ll check it out. Glad to hear you are all set up and your neighbours are happy too. 8-)

Re: Silent Band combining Aerodrums and Guitars

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:12 pm
by fogle622
Try performing an internet search using the term, "line mixer". You should be able to find an inexpensive, small, handheld mixer. An example of a 4 channel mixer available worldwide is the Behringer Micromix MX400. There are others cheaper and more expensive as well as with more channels and features. Mixers with mono inputs typically have mono outputs while those with stereo inputs typically offer stereo output.

One issue is few small mixers have two headphone output jacks. For that reason you may want to also consider a small headphone amplifier like the Behringer Microamp HA400 headphone amplifier or get a stereo mixer and use a (1) TRS connector to (2) TS connectors splitter cable to connect two headphone to the single mixer output jack.