October 16, 2020
One constant in all these discussions is the value of in-ear monitors. In-ears, as they are typically known, serve multiple purposes – even for a solo act, you might find them useful.
In-ear monitors can protect your hearing by giving you close control of your personal volume and serving double duty as earplugs to protect you from loud acoustic elements like drums. They can help you perform better by giving you a mix that isn’t colored by noise from other monitors and allows you to hear exactly what you need to.
If you’re a singer, in-ears can save your voice by placing your vocal up front enough that you don’t have to strain to hear yourself. If your band all chooses a wireless in-ear device such as Carvin Audio’s EM900, your level of stage noise goes way down, which allows not only for a cleaner monitor mix (personalized for each member, if the mix desk allows), but a cleaner house mix as well.
And of course, wireless in-ear monitors allow you to reduce the number of monitors or even eliminate them entirely, which makes room on the stage, eliminates cable trip hazards, and reduces or eliminates feedback issues. Feedback from vocal monitors while vocalists still can’t hear may be the number one house engineer nightmare. In-ears make that nightmare go away.
Even in a solo act, an in-ear monitor system can be invaluable. Sometimes a room is noisy or reverberant, for example. In situations like this, even if you’re just singing karaoke style against a track, it can be hard to distinguish your own vocals or find the rhythm. In some large, cavernous venues, slap back from a distant rear wall can throw you off the rhythm, making it impossible to sing in time. In-ear monitors eliminate this distraction and allow you to sing just like you would in the studio. With this kind of confidence, you can be your best for your audience.
Like anything, in-ear monitors have their drawbacks. The main thing artists say is that they can take some getting used to. For musicians and singers who have spent a lot of time in the studio, the transition is pretty easy. If you’re used to the stage, where you hear everything out in the room, you might feel a little claustrophobic, but the reduced strain and the ability to hear what you’re doing usually makes up for that quickly.
Other artists feel disconnected from their audience when both ears are covered, so many artists use a single in-ear monitor to get the benefits of in-ears without losing that connection. Of course, this provides a little less protection, but depending on your positioning, it might work perfectly.
Interference can also be an issue with cheap in-ears, which is why the EM900 offers four different groups of sixteen frequencies specifically calculated to reduce intermodulation between other frequencies in the group.
And although in-ear monitors can provide ear protection by serving as ear plugs and allowing you to control your volume, they can just as easily be misused and damage hearing, if you decide to crank up the volume too much. The EM900 has a built-in limiter on the receiver and a 10dB pad on the transmitter, so you can avoid this problem.
Finally, in-ear monitor systems of any quality are often prohibitively expensive, which is not the case with the EM900.
In-ears may not be for every single person, but if you’re like most musicians, you won’t regret making the switch.
July 14, 2021
It’s a common misconception that a singing voice is some sort of set-in-stone trait, like hair color or height. “You have a great voice” is the compliment you’ll hear, rather than “you have great vocal skill”. It’s true that certain genetic traits make voices unique, but using a voice is a skill just like any other instrument.
July 08, 2021
If you’ve spent any significant amount of time on stage, you’ve become accustomed to tripping over cables. Most stages are strewn with various cables, and backstage can be an epic rat’s nest.
Vocalists who stand at the mic and croon may not mind – after all, they’re not moving around. Singers who like to use the whole stage, though, tend to tangle up. Some singers even love to get into the audience and venture all around the room – not really possible with a wired mic.
So, is it time for you to go wireless?
June 16, 2021
It’s always exciting when a song is ready for final mixdown, and most of us want to rush in and get going. But it turns out a little judicious preparation and organization can make mixing faster, easier, more enjoyable, and most of all more effective. After all a cluttered, crazy, mix can be a nightmare.
So, here are a few tips for getting your mix organized right from the start, so you can get your best, most efficient results.
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