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One of the questions I frequently get asked as people are considering the move over to IEMs is this: “What happens if someone drops a mike, or there is feedback? I’m really worried about how that might be harmful.” It’s a really valid question. IEMs are designed not to pop out of your ears and the thought of some  crazy loud sound spike can definitely make you squeamish. UE to the rescue.   At the…

My kid is in a band that is starting to get some attention, which means they are playing a lot of shows. She’s still in her early teens, but I was thinking about getting her a set of IEMs. but I wasn’t sure what the minimum age is recommended for getting impressions? Is there an average age where the ear canals stop growing? IEMs are a big investment, so I can understand if you have…

I am a drummer who’s thinking about getting IEMs.  if I am running IEM’s with a headphone amp and am getting my mix from the board, can I take the XLR line right from the wedge? Or do I ask the sound guy for a line from the snake? The short answer is  you really want a LINE-LEVEL feed as the input to your headphone amp. Line level is the specified strength of an audio…

In the previous installment, I talked about how the UERM and the AK120 became my new tools of choice for on-the-move mixing and referencing. These two products are a creative workhorse beyond my wildest expectations. I stumbled into using this setup while writing, and I might never go back. While mixing, I found that the soundstage was impeccable and that I loved the clarity of the individual mix elements when pairing the UERM with AK120.…

That’s a very good question and I’m glad you brought it up. In-ear monitors are custom fit to your ears and your ears only. They are not off-the-shelf products so before we can build them for you, we need to know your precise measurements. We need to know the interior dimensions of your ear and your ear canal. The only way for us to get this information is for you to visit a trained specialist,…

Somethings off. I’m hearing a buzzing in both sides of my in-ear monitors. Any clue as to why? Something is off. But based on what you’re saying, I don’t suspect that it’s the monitors themselves. You see, since the sound is generated by balanced armatures rather than by dynamic coils like most typical headphones, there are a few tell-tale signs to listen for when diagnosing an issue. Buzzing is not typically associated with a bad…

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. In the unlikely…

I want to be a monitor engineer and tour the world. Who should I call? First of all, ask yourself this question: why do I want to be a monitor engineer? Is it because you have a passion for audio engineering, enjoy working past the point of exhaustion on a daily basis and can’t wait to get your hands dirty, or is it because you want to hang out with bands and get paid to…