October 26, 2016 2 min read

In ear monitors is that one piece of equipment that is gaining much popularity in the music and performance industry nowadays. People are replacing wedges with in ear monitors all over, sometimes for the pure need of noise less sound and at other occasions just for the style and adaption of latest technology. People switch over to this technology, thinking that it to be that magic bullet that would solve all their problems. However this is a decision that needs to be logically deliberated upon, before being carried out, since in-ear monitors do not come cheap and may cause a serious increase in the overall budget of the performance. There are certain facts that need to be kept in mind by the performers who desire to use in-ear monitors

  1. They are not the one window solution to all your mixing problems: The common phrase of garbage in- garbage out holds true for in-ear monitors also. If you have poor mixing expertise on your team or poor mixing equipment, the sound which is fed to the in-ear monitors would be low in its prime quality. This would produce back the same low quality sound in the ears of your performers through these monitors. Rather it may aggravate the poor sound mixing problem further since these monitors are very sensitive and they reduce the outer noise to a minimum. Therefore it is very important to fine tune your sound mixing before inducting in-ear monitors in your quiver of equipment.
  2. If you have In Ear monitors they should be Constantly Used: the second misconception is that if you have in-ear monitors for your team you should use them in all circumstances. This is not correct. As elaborated above, sound mixing is equally important. If you do not have your own mixing facility being employed along with the in-ear monitors on stage or if you have not informed the existing sound engineers well in time about your using in-ear monitors and have not coordinated or rehearsed with them, the chances are that they will cause troubles in your performance. It cannot be a fifteen minute plug in and plug out exercise. It has to be a well coordinated and synchronized move tuned to your stage requirements and existing equipment.
  3. Even Cheap In Ear monitors are better than not having one: Even having less expensive in-ear monitors is better than not having them with you. This is a fallacy. Anything of an average quality will give you an average output. So is the case with in ear monitors. You would want to mitigate your sound problems and stage interferences through employing in ear monitors, but the good quality of these devices do not come cheap usually. So in order to contain your budget, you buy an average quality and this is where you go wrong. Average quality in ear monitors do not have the required built and quality to isolate interfering sounds and they do not provide you with the quality of mix your are expecting.

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