In-ear monitors are advertised to be far superior in clarity, transparency and fidelity when compared to most traditional floor monitors. This is true, if your sound engineer is experienced in mixing for in-ear monitors (IEMs), but what about those people that went out and bought the most expensive pair of custom molds and had the worst experience of their life during the first show? It turns out that, in most cases, they never had a proper soundcheck, assuming that everything would “magically” sound great because they have a set of top of the line custom in-ear monitors.
Here are 3 guidelines that will help you achieve a better in-ear monitor experience.
1. Ambience/FX. In order to have a heavenly experience with your IEMs you have to have a mix engineer that understands that when you plug up (occlude) your ear, you must recreate the natural ambience that we are so accustomed to hearing. This can be done with either ambience/room microphones or digital reverbs.
2. EQ. Furthermore, using the right microphones and equalization on all inputs is crucial for vocals and instruments to sound “natural” in your monitor mix.
3.Panning. We also highly recommend wearing both left and right earpieces and use panning to create an even more realistic soundstage in your mix.
All of 64 Audio custom in-ear monitors are able to deliver musically rich and detailed sound to your ears. This post is a part of a series where we will go more in depth to help you take your mixes to a whole new level and maximize your investment in our products. Stay tuned for more! ♦♦