HOW TO BUY ALCLAIR IN-EAR MONITORS
Purchasing a set of custom in ear monitors can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Use this guide to walk you through the process. If you get stuck anywhere, please reach out to us on email or give us a call. We’d love to help you get the right in ear monitor for you! If you are lucky enough to be in Nashville or Minneapolis, you can come see us and we can help you with the whole process!
DECIDE ON THE RIGHT MODEL
The first thing is to figure out what model of in ear monitor is right for you. Do you need lots of headroom for drums and bass? Or do you need clarity for mixing? We have lots of tools to help you out. Check out some recommendations on this page, or check out the monitor shop for info and descriptions of each model. Stumped? Shoot us an email or give us a call.
DESIGN YOUR MONITORS
Once you know what in ear monitor model you need, it’s time to design! Pick out colors for the face plate (the part that you can see in your ear) and the shell (the part that goes in your ear). You can add custom artwork or use an Alclair logo. Our design tool makes it easy to customize your new Alclair in ear monitors to look exactly how you want them to. Once the design is perfection, add your design to the cart and place your order!
GET YOUR IMPRESSIONS
Now it’s time to get impressions made of your ears. Search the inter webs for an audiologist or hearing aid center near you or email us to see if we have a listing near you. It’s very important that your audiologist follows the instructions below or we can’t guarantee a proper fit and seal.
- Use a silicone impression material (no powder & liquid)
- Go past the second bend
- Use a 1″ bite block with no jaw movement
- Capture the entire ear including outer ear
Print out THIS FORM to take to the audiologist or hearing aid center.
WHAT IN EAR MONITOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The best way to select a custom in ear monitor is to look over the different models and select the one that fits your needs and budget best. Here are some guidelines that might help:
Everyday and Critical Listening
If you are using your monitors for everyday or critical music listening, the Reference, RSM, Studio3, Studio4 and Electro electrostatic hybrid are your monitors. The Reference is an uncolored monitor with plenty of articulation across the spectrum. The RSM is similarly uncolored but has more headroom and lower distortion specs. The Studio4 is the pinnacle of balance with smooth lows and mids and an articulate upper end. While all three monitors are accurate, the Studio4 brings out more of the subtleties and nuances of recordings. If you like a bit more energy and contour, the Studio3 will give you balance with a slight bass and upper-mid boost for a fun listening experience. For the ultimate in depth, clarity and wow, the Electro cannot be beat. If you rely on your ears to make mix decisions, the Electro is the finest available on the market today.
Front of House or Studio Mixing
If you are using your monitors for front of house or monitor or studio mixing, the Reference, RSM, Studio4 and Electro monitors are for you. The Reference is a fantastic monitor for churches and small clubs. It has very even balance that gives you an accurate reproduction of your mix. The RSM model gives you the same accuracy with more power and less distortion, great for louder venues and hearing the subtleties of a studio mix. The Studio4 offers a bit more available low end with incredible detail and depth. The Electro electrostatic hybrid is perfection in a monitor. With clarity, depth and a wide soundstage, there is no more accurate monitor available today.
If you are a musician that tours or plays large venues, look towards the Tour , RSM , Spire or RevX models. The Tour emphasizes the low end with a boost in the mid-high end to bring out vocal and instrument articulation and clarity. They are built to withstand the rigors of the touring life. The RSMs are incredibly balanced and have great headroom and lower distortion. Loud stages and performers needing to hear the whole spectrum equally will love the RSM monitor. For the ultimate stage monitor, the Spire will inspire you and give you balance that won’t run out of low end. The RevX is the professionals dream tool with everything you need for monitoring bliss – deep lows, crisp but not harsh highs and rich mids.
Vocalists need a monitor that allows their vocals to jump out of the mix with great clarity. The Dual dual driver in ear monitor is the near perfect vocal monitor, no matter your budget. If you like a bit more in the low end or want to hear the kick and bass really well, the RSM is a great option. The Spire has a nice vocal range contour that lets your vocal shine through with clarity and articulation.
If you are a guitar player, the Dual XBs bring out some of the low end of the instrument without sacrificing mids and highs. The Tour model is rugged and emphasizes the low end and mid-highs, great for cutting through on loud stages or in front of amplifiers. For players who want more mid-range clarity, the Reference is also a good choice. And there is always the Spire, which is an impeccable guitar players stage monitor. Need more clarity and headroom with loads of low end and silky upper end, then go RevX, it handles anything you can throw at it.
Bass Player or Drummer
If you are a bass player or a drummer there are three monitors that are particularly well suited for you. The Dual XB model is a great all purpose monitor with a bit of lift in the low end. Stepping up to the Tours will give you a solid low and articulate high end, with durability and great headroom. The CMVK sit at the top of the range with a pronounced low end and plenty of power for those who like to “feel” their music. The RevX is the ultimate drummer and bassist powerhouse with loads of headroom and power with a clear an and detailed upper end.
If you are a keyboard player check out the Versa, Reference, and RSM models. Versa and Reference for the smaller stage and RSMs for the larger/louder stage. All three monitors will give you balanced tone across the whole keyboard and allow you to hear the band evenly as well. The Electro will also give you wide range balance with the addition of bringing out the nuances of acoustic piano and the character of synth patches.
Multi-Use, Multiple Instruments or Studio AND Stage Needs
If you need a custom in-ear monitor for multiple uses, that can get tricky. Our best recommendation is to have two pair, one for each application. But we know that is not always possible. In general, the RSM, Spire, and RevX are going to be the most versatile models that will work in multiple applications. You will likely need to compromise a bit on one of the applications. Typically we see people who will need a monitor for drums or bass as one application and studio mixing as the other. In this case, the RSM is great for the studio side and will work well for the stage side too. The Spire is fantastic for the stage and will work for studio with some learning. If you are playing multiple instruments on stage, the RevX will handle all stage needs with ease.