In-Ear Monitoring

In-ear monitors were originally developed as a way to overcome the problems artists were experiencing in big performance environments. As the venues were getting bigger, so were the stages, crowds and the speaker stacks. The stage was a noisy performance environment.

Today many artists consider in-ear monitoring a more "accurate" monitoring method, and it is no longer limited to stadium rock. There are custom in-ear monitor systems available at different price points and now it’s even possible to go in-ear from an early stage in your career.

Why go in-ear?

A custom in-ear monitor system allows you to:

  • Control the sound levels of your own monitor mix. This will improve hearing conservation.
  • Each performer on stage can select the monitor mix that works best for them (e.g. the bass player may want more drums than the other members of the band etc).
  • In ear monitors for singers allow them to sing at levels that are most comfortable for them, protecting their vocal chords
  • In-ear monitors for drummers allow them to hear click tracks as well as the rest of the musicians while performing or recording.
  • With a floor wedge, the amplifier projects the same sound level toward everyone, which may be too loud for some performers and too soft for others. With in-ear monitors, you have the ability to move around a stage whilst getting a consistent monitor mix.
  • Also, since the earphones sound-isolate you from the stage noise; you can hear the subtle instruments, notes and voices better.
  • There are no stage monitors, decreasing the risk of feedback and giving you more space for the performance.

TIP: Many performers believe that singing with a cardioid microphone is better when using in-ear monitors. Cardioid mics pick up a more a consistent level of stage ambience. Tighter polar patterns may create a “wave” effect of ambient sound as you (and the microphone) move around the stage.

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