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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…

If you’re a DJ, you need to think about your hearing. You live in headphones. You work in headphones.  You are always in the  club ( and it’s way too loud). And you are there night after night. Your ears are how you pay your bills, you need to take care of them. Most hearing problems are the result of long exposure to high volumes. If you are in the club 1-6 hours per shift…

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…

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…

The simple truth is that In-Ear Monitors can help make singing live more manageable. In-ear monitoring allows you to hear your voice clearly inside your head, instead of down on the floor in front of you like with wedges.  As a bonus, the IEMs act as plugs, reducing the amount of volume coming from the stage up to 25db. For singers with quiet voices, this can be a huge help.As a singer, your mic is…

Would you ride in a car without seatbelts? Wear a brown polyester leisure suit? Get a perm? Watch a black and white TV with no remote, or cable? Of course not, because you don’t live in the past. So why do you think onstage wedges are better than IEMs? In the 70’s wedges were the only way to get onstage monitoring, but times have thankfully changed. In Ears provide outstanding sound quality, help eliminate feedback,…

For this installment of UE University we got a chance to speak to Brian Geller of Ultimate Ears and singer of the absolutely amazing Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks. Don’t take my word for it. David Lee Roth in his autobiography call them “The best tribute to Van Halen, Ever! Howard Stern said “They are the total experience. They do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves.” Don’t believe us all? How about you…

How did you settle on Ultimate Ears? After months of research, pricing and although there are plenty of great choices I ended up purchasing UE’s, UE has become one of the most respected audio companies in the USA. Do you use your UE’s exclusively in a live environment or have you tried them out in the studio? For me audio quality is a must, I’ve been tracking/mixing in studios and concert stages since the 70’s…