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We’re thinking about buying the Sennheiser G3 wireless transmitters and packs. But we tour all over the world. Do we need new wireless packs for every country that we visit? All the Sennheiser G3 units work all over the world. They scan available frequencies wherever you are. But in some locations, like the UK and Scotland, you’ll need to purchase operating licenses or they can hit you with very hefty fines. See below for country…

Hello Our Global Friend! You can purchase our Custom In-Ear Monitors from any of UE’s international dealers by using Ultimate Ears Dealer locator. You can also make an order directly through the Ultimate Ears online store. When placing an order online, an exact shipping amount is provided when you enter the appropriate mailing address. Please realize that you will be financially responsible for any and all international taxes or tariffs applied by your local customs agency.…

Why should I replace wedges with in-ears? Becuase lower stage volume is key to a better performance. Lower stage volumes mean better shows for everyone. Your most important job as a musician is to deliver the best performance possible – to really bring down the house, to give it your all,  to leave everything you’ve got right there on the stage after the last encore. But you can’t do that if you can’t hear yourself…

What’s all this news about mixing shows with my iPad? iOS has really come a long way. And things are only going to get better and more far out in terms of what you can do with your favorite devices. In terms of Live mixing, think of it this way, everything is hardwired to the board but the interface is portable. In fact, the interface is an iPad. If you need to move around and…

I’m a drummer and I want to use a click track. I’ve heard in-ears are good for this. Any advice? In-Ear Monitors are what you you’re looking for. In addition to your click, you’ll be able to mix in any support tracks and personalize your mix as well. But before we talk about which in-ears will work best for you, let’s talk about your setup. Ideally you want to be hard-wired. If you’re drumming and…

Dear In-Ear Guy We want Ultimate Ears but other companies sell cheaper models. What’s really the difference? Signed, Penny Wise Dear Penny, In-Ear Monitors are a big ticket purchase and we want to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. After all, money doesn’t just grow on trees. So here is what it all boils down to. You get what you pay for and we only want you to pay for…

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…

If I am a vocalist, but I also play drums, what model of Ultimate Ears would you recommend for a singing drummer? Dear Beats n’ Vox, First of all let me say that I am in awe of singing drummers! From Levon Helm to Karen Carpenter to Death from Above 1979, I think it’s the toughest gig in rock. Keeping time and keep tune, not to mention running out of breath is kind of a…

When some people start using In-Ear Monitors they worry about feeling isolated from the audience. Some people think they can even try using only 1 in-ear. This is a bad idea. A very bad idea. I understand that you don’t want to be cut off from the audience and I understand that in-ears sometimes have a reputation for making an artist feel isolated. But let’s just say that your fears are based more on a…

I’ve been on the fence about getting customs. I am unsure because I’ve never used them and I know you can’t return them. They are a really big investment and I am scared. Be straight with me. What are the benefits of getting custom IEMs? First let me say that I know it’s a scary leap to take.  I’m sure that while people (including myself) will tell you, once you get customs IEMs there is…