How To Buy Alclair Monitors
or “What is the process for ordering a pair of Alclair Custom In Ear Monitors?”
or “How do I get a pair of Alclair in ear monitors?”
or “I’m new to this, tell me what to do!”
Having custom made in-ear monitors is not like going to a big box store or online mega mall and ordering a pair of ear buds. In order for them to fit like a glove, you need to get impressions (sometimes called molds) made of your ears. If that sounds too complex, no worries, we have the Curve Universal fit monitors that sound very close to a custom.
To get your custom in ears, you will need to:
- Decide on the right monitor for you. Don’t get swayed by driver count, find the one that makes the most sense for you and your budget.
- Pick out your colors and design. You can use our custom design tool to see exactly what your are ordering.
- Order by calling us or placing your order online.
- Get your ear impressions made. Do a google search for Audiologist or Hearing Aid Center to find someone in your area. When you order online you will get a sheet with instructions for the audiologist or you can download it here.
- Send us your impressions. Make sure your name is somewhere on the box or in a note inside the box so we can match them to your online order!
- We get to work and send them back.
Which monitor is right for me?
The best way to select a custom 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, and Studio4 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 or clarity and separation with an awesome low end, smooth mid and 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 Spire will give you balance with a slight bass and upper-mid boost for a fun listening experience.
Front of House or Studio Mixing
If you are using your monitors for front of house or studio mixing, the Reference, RSM and Studio4 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.
Touring Guitarist and/or Singer
If you are a musician that tours or plays large venues, look towards the Tour , RSM , or Spire models. The Tour emphasizes the low end with another 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 the most headroom and least 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.
If you are a vocalist the Dual is very hard to beat. It accentuates the vocal range and has plenty of power for church and small-medium venue stages. If you are looking for a bit more power, the Tour and RSMs are also good options.
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 the ultimate guitar players stage monitor.
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.
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.