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What is the best in-ear monitor for me?

There are two ways you can describe the sound of an in-ear monitor. Ok, there are WAY more than 2 ways. But as broad categorizations go, there are two ways of looking at the sound of an earphone. You can use many different words (and we will in a bit) to describe these sonic generalizations, but for the sake of this post, we’ll call them CONTOURED and FLAT.

Everything You Need to Know About In Ear Monitors for the Stage

The world of in-ear monitors is relatively new and unfamiliar to most folks. It has its own language and buying process. If we are talking custom in-ear monitors, it might be the first custom ANYTHING you have ever bought. So what do you need to know before diving in?

Impressions for In Ear Monitors

Getting a perfect fit on your custom in-ear monitors starts with getting great impressions. Ever wonder what the process is like and what you can expect? This post explores each step of the ear impression process.

5 essential tips to make sure you can hear yourself on stage while on tour

Going on tour is as much about being prepared for the inevitable as it is about music. And lets face it, on tour, the inevitable is a certainty. In-ear emergencies don’t give you any warning so it’s best to be prepared. The more you can plan for those road bumps, the more enjoyable the tour will be.

Are 3D printed in ear monitors better than hand-poured?

People ask us often about 3D printing and we hear these questions addressed in various FAQs online. In this post we give you the facts on 3D printed in-ear monitors.

In Ear Monitors for the Studio, Recording, Podcasting, and Editing

Using in-ear monitors for mixing, producing, and editing solves a lot of problems. With the quality of today’s in-ear monitors, entire records can be mixed on in-ear monitors.

DRIVERS ED: What is a Crossover?

When two or more speakers are used together their ranges overlap. The places they overlap will produce a louder volume than where the frequencies do not overlap. At its most basic…

WEBINAR: Creating a Great In-Ear Mix

How do I create a good in-ear monitor mix? If you missed our Choosing the Right In-Ears webinar with Will Doggett from From Studio to Stage, here it is! There is some really great information here. Thanks Will! If you need to know what Alclair monitor is right for you, here is a great place…

In-Ear Monitor Maintenance 101

Love your IEMS and they will love you back! Your in-ear monitors will love you as long as you love them with routine in ear maintenance. Over time, your in-ears will start to feel the effects of sweat, wax, and dead skin cells. A professional cleaning from time to time might still be necessary. But…

Inserting Your In Ear Monitors

How to put an in ear monitor into your ear We get a fair number of questions about how to properly put in your Alclair custom in-ear monitors. It can be a trick at first, but with a little practice, you will be popping those IEMs in and out with ease. But please, for the…

DRIVERS ED: Headroom

When deciding which in-ear monitor to get, there is more to the decision than just the number of drivers.

Different frequencies require different amounts of power to produce. Low frequencies needs lots of power where higher frequencies don’t need as much. There are lots of technical articles available for those who want to learn more about headroom and loudness curves. We’ll try to keep it simple here.

DRIVERS ED: How Many Drivers?

How many drivers do i need? How many drivers? Good question. The simple answer is… enough. But how many is enough? Well, there the answer isn’t as simple. What is your need and budget? It comes down to what you need the in ear monitor to be and do for you. What instrument are you…

DRIVERS ED: What is a Driver?

A driver is essentially a speaker We hear a lot of confusion about drivers these days so we wanted to take a quick minute to explain some things about in-ear monitors and the balanced armature driver. There are two kinds of “speaker” that go into an in-ear monitor. The kind that most people are most…

MIC CHECK & ARTIST INTERVIEWS

On The Air with Alclair

Erik Zachary is the consummate media host, producer and director. He has hosted radio shows for iHeartRadio in New York, Chicago and Boston, presented for and produced multiple national MTV/Viacom projects, including a 2017 revival of TRL. Erik is currently the host and editor in chief of XYZ…

MIC CHECK: Singer/Songwriter and YouTube Sensation Jeremy Passion

We are pumped to highlight custom ear monitor user, artist, and longtime friend of Alclair, Jeremy Passion. Jeremy is a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Known for being one of the pioneers of the acoustic R&B movement …

MIC CHECK: Drummer Extraordinaire and MD Lester Estelle

Lester Estelle, is one of the most respected drummers in the business and he relies on Alclair for his studio and monitor mixes. His studio and live credits include drumming for some of the biggest names in music…

MIC CHECK INTERVIEW SERIES: Producer and Engineer Robert Venable

Robert Venable is one of those mavens that other music professionals want to be – a Grammy nominated, Emmy and Dove Award-winning producer, recording engineer, mixer & accomplished rock drummer.

RESOURCES

What is the best in-ear monitor for me?

There are two ways you can describe the sound of an in-ear monitor. Ok, there are WAY more than 2 ways. But as broad categorizations go, there are two ways of looking at the sound of an earphone. You can use many different words (and we will in a bit) to describe these sonic generalizations, but for the sake of this post, we’ll call them CONTOURED and FLAT.

Everything You Need to Know About In Ear Monitors for the Stage

The world of in-ear monitors is relatively new and unfamiliar to most folks. It has its own language and buying process. If we are talking custom in-ear monitors, it might be the first custom ANYTHING you have ever bought. So what do you need to know before diving in?

Alclair ESM 13 and Studio4 In-Ear Monitors – A Real-World Review

Nashville producer/engineer Russ Long put Alclair Audio’s flagship ESM 13 and Studio4 in-ear monitors to the test in the recording studio, and the verdict was….

In-Ear Monitor Maintenance 101

Love your IEMS and they will love you back! Your in-ear monitors will love you as long as you love them with routine in ear maintenance. Over time, your in-ears will start to feel the effects of sweat, wax, and dead skin cells. A professional cleaning from time to time might still be necessary. But…

Inserting Your In Ear Monitors

How to put an in ear monitor into your ear We get a fair number of questions about how to properly put in your Alclair custom in-ear monitors. It can be a trick at first, but with a little practice, you will be popping those IEMs in and out with ease. But please, for the…

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