Considering getting in-ear monitors?



Asked by: Victor Zablocki

Are in-ear monitors worth it?





There are a lot of factors to consider if you want to switch to in-ear monitors. Nonetheless, the performers here at Sweetwater agree that it’s totally worth it, not only for your audience, but also for your own performance and hearing protection.

How much does it cost to get in-ear monitors?

A decent pair of general fit in-ear monitors with even a single driver will cost you between $100-$200, and molds generally start at around $300.

Can in-ear monitors damage your ears?

The flipside of IEM use is that if they are used improperly, IEMs can cause hearing problems. Some of these units are capable of delivering sounds at or near 130 dB SPL inside the ear canal. Regular misuse of IEMs may result in temporary or permanent damage to the sensory cells of the auditory system.

How do I choose an in-ear monitor?

Selecting a Monitor



Think about what you need in terms of being able to hear your own instrument or voice best and how loud the stage will be. First, do not plan on using consumer-grade ear buds with personal monitor systems. You really need a headphone that is designed for monitoring.

Can you use Airpods as in-ear monitors?





To use airpods to monitor audio you need to first connect the airpods to the phone, and then using an app like FilMic Pro you select the airpods to monitor the audio.

How long should in-ear monitors last?

Normally, they should last you about 3 to 5+ years depending on usage and care. Please read the Empire User Guide before use. This will help you understand how to use and best care for your Empire in-ear monitors for many years of enjoyment. Can I transfer ownership of my in-ears?

What’s the difference between in-ear monitors and earphones?

After all, both are compact and portable audio listening devices that are placed into the ear. But herein lies the biggest difference – as their name suggests, IEMs (in-ear monitors) are placed directly into the ear canal whereas earbuds simply rest on the outer ear.

Are in-ear monitors noise Cancelling?

The tight fit of in-ear monitors allows them to essentially act as earplugs, blocking out noise,” Motte explains. “That’s important for a touring musician, who is often exposed to very loud music. A generic headphone will not provide that comprehensive seal to block out noise.”

Why do singers wear in-ear monitors?

For monitoring



Without stage monitoring, performers hear distorted reverberations of their music – not what they actually sound like. It can also let them accurately hear the other performers sharing the stage with them, or a backing track to help them keep the tempo and tune.



Why do singers close their eyes when they sing?

The main reason that singers close their eyes is for focus. It allows them to turn off one of their senses and drive their energy into the singing. Closed eyes will enable you to focus on your other senses, allowing singers to become part of their music.

Why do singers touch the mic with their lips?

The primary reason singers put their mouths directly on microphones is for an improved signal-to-noise ratio. By keeping the mic at the mouth, the microphone will effectively pick up more of the voice and less of the background instruments/noise, thereby improving vocal intelligibility.

What singers hear in their earpieces?

So they can hear themselves clearly legend has it that the beatles were the first people to use on stage monitors when they couldn't hear themselves over their screaming fans in the 1960s.



Can you hear the crowd with in-ear monitors?

Hearing Protection



Stage monitors are often cranked up loud so that musicians can hear themselves play over the noise of amps and the crowd. Long-term this causes ear-fatigue and hearing damage. You cannot reverse hearing damage. It is with you for life.

Why do singers pull out their earpieces?

Musicians often take out their earpieces out because they simply want to hear the crowd and take in the atmosphere. DJs and producers sometimes take out their in-ear monitors while mixing so they can hear a clearer sound of the room. What is this?