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GCumbee
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This is not a new problem. I dealt with it in mid 80’s with a few major Country artists. We finally determined and felt there is a phisiological reason for this.

Have you ever taken a handheld mic or used a lavalier say in a church setting and did your own voice tests? Did you think it didn’t sound good or low? Then have someone else do the same thing and it sounds better or louder? We(some other engineers I work with)always have thought it has to do with phase cancellations. The singer hears themselves in their head followed by the sound from the wedge. This slight delay cancels to some degree to where they hear it lower. It’s the only explanation. This is why IEM seems to solve the problem in most cases.