What to look for When Choosing In Ear Monitors
The most common question when talking about in ear monitors is, how to choose an appropriate kind for the upcoming performance. Although it would be hard to suggest any specific brand but we can always educate our readers regarding certain generic points to keep in mind when choosing in ear monitors.
Custom made or Universal: Custom made in ear monitors are by far the best choice since they are tailor made right according to your ear’s fit. But definitely anything tailor made to your needs will cost you more money. So it is a tradeoff between what budget you have and what your requirement is. Custom made ear monitors are used in actual to avoid the risk of them falling off. However those performers who have to be static on stage such as drummers can use universal in ear monitors
Wired or wireless: Being wireless is definitely a big relief when it comes to moving on stage and roaming around in the audience. However wireless has its drawbacks also such as sporadic interference. Although this drawback can be easily overcome by an expert sound engineer, still wireless in-ear monitors are more expensive than their wired counterparts. Therefore you must decide who all to use wireless on the stage and who all will go wired. All those members of the performance who do not have to move around can have wired in-ear monitors. This includes drummers, guitarists having wired guitars and so on. You should go wireless only when you require it.
In-Ear Monitors or Ear Plugs: Some performers mistakenly consider in-ear monitors as just another ear plugs that you get with your mobile phones. This concept is not only wrong but it may cost you heavy on your performance as well as your health. Ear plugs are just common daily use gadgets which are built just to make you listen to the sound from your mobile phone. However in-ear monitors are specialized equipment which is custom built not only to transfer your own voice as well as your co performers sound to your ears but they also block the surrounding noise and unnecessary harmonics. When you use normal ear plugs instead of in-ear monitors you still tend to hear the accompanied noise which forces you to raise the volume level. This can be damaging to your ears at the end of the day. Moreover it would tip your sound mix off balance and would cause you your performance.
Mutli Driver vs Single Driver: Multi driver ear monitors are better choice than single driver monitors, since they can handle multiple frequencies at the same time and produce a better sound as compared to single driver monitors which can process one frequency at a time. However it all boils down to the cost of procuring these ear monitors.
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