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Custom in-ear monitors are for every musician who takes playing live shows seriously (we’ll discuss recording another time).   In-Ear Monitors are tools of the trade that help elevate your performance. The Time To Start Using IN-EAR Monitors Is Now. Waiting till your next tour is too late. Fans who see your live shows *now* are the ones who really pay the price. Getting custom In-Ear monitors may seem like a luxury. We understand that times are…

We’re looking for portable gear for independent mixing of 4-5 wireless IEM’s. Do most pro bands split their mic signal from the stage mics, and run it to a mixer on stage, so that they can adjust their mix without having to ask the sound man for nuances? If so, what does that require?  We’d love to skip soundcheck. So I’ve got good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad. You can’t skip…

Q: Can we use in-ears even if we don’t travel with a monitor engineer? Regardless of what your touring situation looks like and even if you’re playing clubs without a dedicated sound engineer, you can still benefit from IEMs. If you’re fortunate enough to be touring with a dedicated monitor engineer, obviously he or she will be responsible for everything monitor related, including your mix(es) and all things wireless. If you’re touring with only a…

Mike Andrade has a such a varied music career it’s hard to know where to start. He got his taste for music back in high school playing drums, to making electronic music in the pre-DAW days. He’s worked in some legendary studios and with some legendary artists. Now you can find him behind the boards for Tribal Seeds on the road. Do you do FOH or Monitors or both? I do both, on this year’s…

Ultimate Audio is located in the Ultimate Ears office/showroom in Hollywood which is part of the S.I.R. building on Sunset Blvd. Customers can experience the full range of UE IEMs quickly with the new Ultimate Ears custom iPad app. It’s the next level in customer experience. Once a client has chosen the right UE model, Ultimate Audio is able to perform 3D Digital Scans of the ear canal on site, saving the trip to the…

Running a pretty big production where you have to take care of a lot of IEMs. Some are custom fit, and some are universal? Here are some tips on care and storage. If a production keeps a number of universal fit IEMs on hand for musicians and performers, are there additional steps to be taken for sanitizing the units? How does the procedure differ for custom IEMs? How about storage between use, can IEMs be hung? What can a…

Producer / Engineer  FRIAS has worked in the US and Mexico with bands as diverse as Molotov and Syntek. He’s worked both in the studio and in a variety of live settings. We caught FRIAS during a break in his non-stop schedule and got to ask everything from his history to what it’s like like winning a Grammy™. His answers are also en Español en cursive. Big shout out to UE’s Jazmin Sandoval for the…

Personal Monitoring 101 pt. 1 Brought to you by the makers of Livemix. DAL has been in the game since the 1980’s when digital audio was just emerging. They have always been known for incredible sound and build quality. So much so that some of their initial boxes are still our working in the field. You don’t hear that everyday. So when they talk about how to build a solid in-ear monitor mix, we pay…

Jon Ormesher has been doing monitors for nearly 35 years. He’s worked with a staggering variety of music and  situations. From TV to Arenas Jon has seen it all. Most recently he’s been doing monitors for the amazing Florence and the Machine. We caught up with Jon while he was on the road on the summer festival circuit after a triumphant Glastonbury performance where Florence and the Machine filled in for the recently injured Dave…

A professional keyboardist since 1985, Loyo has had the opportunity over his career to work with artists as diverse as Luis Miguel, Jon Anderson, Marco Antonio Solis, Charlie Zaa, and Howard Hewitt, He’s travelled the world and even gotten a nod from the Latin Grammy’s for his work. We caught up with Salo and got to talking about getting started in music, his love of playing and producing, and what it was like getting noticed…