In decades past, stage monitors were simply large wedges that had to provide enough sound for musicians to be able to hear themselves above all the other noise. Unfortunately, this came at a cost of hearing loss over time (especially when coupled with noise from amplifiers), and it’s not uncommon to find many elderly rock stars who have hearing loss as a result of this. Today’s monitors are thankfully much more sophisticated, and in-ear monitors are one of the best investments you can make for your musical career. At our Livingston office, we offer state-of-the-art services to musicians looking for customized monitors that provide the best possible sound at the best possible cost.
What is an In-Ear Monitor?
In-ear monitors are devices that playback your mix into your ear at a safe and adjusted level. It also allows you to customize your mix so that certain instruments or voices are louder or quieter based on what you want to hear. This is done wirelessly, and many new models also include noise-canceling technology so that you don’t experience noise bleed from the stage, meaning you get a crystal-clear sound.
Why are In-Ear Monitors Important?
As a musician, your hearing is one of the most valuable skills you have. That being said, relying on wedge monitors can expose your hearing to dangerous levels, especially over time. The reality is that exposing yourself to as little as 85 decibels for extended periods of time (even a half hour) can damage your hearing. Although your hearing can generally recover from a one-time exposure, your hearing won’t hold up if your hearing is your livelihood. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is extremely common among musicians, meaning it’s important to protect yourself.
Additionally, using simple earplugs can interfere with your ability to clearly hear yourself. These can’t selectively dampen unique sounds, meaning it can be hard to hear the noises you want to hear as well as the ones you don’t want to hear. With in-ear monitors, you can introduce your performance directly into your ear at a safe level while also blocking out stage noise for a pure and exact sound mix.
Schedule an Appointment
In-ear monitors and other musician services can be an excellent way to take your performance to the next level. To learn more about your options at our Livingston office, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Headphones that you might normally use to listen to music do not have the same capabilities as in-ear monitors. For one, they can’t selectively adjust mix levels and will simply play back the performance as-is. Secondly, they don’t normally have the ability to cancel out unwanted noise, meaning you can be exposing yourself to dangerous levels of sound— and may not get the sound quality you want from a monitor. For these reasons, in-ear monitors are your best option for undiluted playback.
Although it can seem practical, using only one in-ear monitor can actually do more damage than good. Among other reasons, this can increase your chances of hearing fatigue and take a bigger toll on your hearing ability when your brain has to process two different channels of sound at once. You should always use both in-ear monitors so that you get the best picture of your stage mix.
In-ear monitors can be a great investment for your musical career. That being said, a pair of custom in-ear monitors can cost between $100 and $200 on average. However, some higher-end models that come with more sophisticated technology can cost even more. Our expert team can help you find the model that fits best between your budget and technology needs.
In-ear monitors are usually made from medical-grade materials, meaning they can last for between 3 and 5 years. This makes them a great investment for your career and can wind up costing you less in the long run.
Most in-ear monitors rely on wireless technology. They are usually made up of a transmitter and receiver, where the transmitter wirelessly transfers the audio mix using radiofrequency. The receiver is usually clipped onto your belt and it amplifies the signal, sending it to the earpiece. In-ear monitors are easily adjustable on both your end and the sound board, meaning it’s extremely customizable to your needs.