In our short investigation of in-ear monitors for drummers let’s begin right at the beginning. This is appropriate because this isn’t meant to be a review of in-ear monitors. It’s more of an outline of what they are and the benefits they present to the drummer. Of course, they’re used by other musicians too. But here we are speaking of in-ear monitors that are suitable for drumming use.
So let’s begin by asking the most basic question. And cover some basic information.
What Are In-Ear Monitors For Drumming
Drumming in-ear monitors are a special type of headphones designed for drummers in some cases. Unlike traditional headphones, which can block out a lot of the surrounding noise. In-ear monitors for drumming allow the user to hear the drums while still being able to hear the music. Whether the music comes from a live band or recorded music. They can be a considerable advantage for a drummer, as it allows them to keep much better time with the rest of the group.
In-ear monitors can also help to protect the user’s hearing from the loud noise produced by drums. And other instruments. As a result, they are an essential piece of equipment for any serious drummer.
Of course, any kind of in-ear monitor will act to some degree as an ear plug. And dampen the surrounding sound to some degree. Doing some research and reading the reviews others write on sites such as Amazon. Will give you a clue to the degree of external damping so you can expect and so make a more informed decision.
In-ear Monitors For Drummers
By allowing the drummer to hear their own playing in a separate mix. In-ear monitors help reduce onstage noise levels. And improve so communication with the other band members. Additionally, in-ear monitors for drumming can provide a more immersive experience for the drummer. Helping them to stay focused and locked into the groove.
While traditional monitor speakers can be bulky and intrusive. In-ear monitors are small and comfortable to wear. making them ideal for use during long rehearsals and performances. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that they have become an essential part of the modern drummer’s toolkit. But the biggest advantage is that they allow greater focus on your drumming and the music
Imagine this scenario. You have no monitors at all and two amplifiers, one on either side for guitar and bass guitar. The guitar in most cases would completely drown out the bass guitar. Making it difficult to work in unison with what the bass player is playing. Which in turn makes it more difficult to keep the music grooving.
The drummer, thus, has to hit a lot harder (sacrificing technique and dynamics along the way). To get over the volume of the guitar.
Now imagine the same two amplifiers but this time you have in-ear monitors on your side. You ask the sound guy to add a little bass to your monitor mix and then add some drums to the mix if necessary. This option allows you to get the guitar out of your head, to some degree. So you can focus on working together with the bass guitar to do the job the backline is supposed to do. Provide rhythm and groove for the music.
In short, in-ear monitors will give the drummer greater control over what he can hear. Thereby enabling him to play better drums which in turn results in better music.
How In-ear Monitors Help Drummers Play Better
Drums can be quite loud. Making it difficult for drummers to hear other instruments and vocals. At best this can make it difficult to keep time and stay in sync with the rest of the band. At worse, this makes music unenjoyable. By wearing in-ear monitors, drummers get to hear a mix of the music that is specifically tailored for them. Without having to rely on speakers that blast the sound throughout the entire room.
As suggested already, some in-ear monitors for drumming or other noise reduction sources help to dampen the external noise.
As a result, in-ear monitors help drummers to play better. By allowing them to stay more focused and aware of what is going on around them. Whilst at the same time enabling them to focus on their technique.
Types Of In-ear Monitors Available On The Market
There are a few different types of in-ear monitors available on the market. The most common type is the universal fit in-ear monitor. Designed to fit a wide range of ear sizes and shapes. Universal fit-in-ear monitors usually come with many tips. So that you can find the perfect fit for your ears as well as the best option to dampen external sound sources. Such as overbearing guitarists (sorry, some of them just are – or it could just be my experience?).
Another type of in-ear monitor is the custom-fit in-ear monitor. They’re designed to mold to the exact shape of your ears for a snug, comfortable fit.
Custom-fit in-ear monitors usually need a professional fitting. But as far as I know, they provide the best sound quality and isolation. The only In-ear monitors I have used were the Shure 535’s. Which were of excellent quality and sound. They came highly recommended to me by several sources.
Finally, there are wireless in-ear monitors. Which allows you to move freely without being tethered to a sound source via cables of any kind. Wireless in-ear monitors use Bluetooth technology to connect to your audio source. Of course, this isn’t a review. It is only to make drummers more aware of the possibilities. And possible advantages you may gain from in-ear monitoring.
Benefits Of Using In-ear Monitors While Playing Drums
When playing drums, it is important to be able to hear yourself so you can stay on beat. And stay in time with the rest of the band. Musicians who play in loud environments. Such as clubs or arenas, often have a hard time hearing themselves over the sound of the crowd. And the other musicians. This is where in-ear monitors begin to shine. They become essential for drummers who want to perform at their best.
Besides providing a much clearer sound. In-ear monitors for drumming also help to protect your hearing. They do this by reducing the volume level that you’re exposed to. Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage to your hearing over time.
By dampening external sound sources you are better able to focus on a single instrument. Such as the bass guitar. You can do this by adding the bass to your in-ear monitors. Then you can add a few drums to the mix so you can hear yourself think. This all results in a much better musical environment. One that enables you to play with precision and a degree of technique and skill. Rather than simply thrashing away at the drums.
All the benefits result in the dual benefit described within these main points. Using in-ear monitors you will…
- Hear yourself and your band perfectly in most situations
- Isolate yourself from stage noise and keep your focus on the performance
- Avoid ear fatigue and long-term damage by protecting your ears
- Experience a more natural and balanced music sound
- Get a more consistent and accurate mix than with traditional floor monitors
By using in-ear monitors, you reduce your risk of hearing loss or damage. And at the same time enjoy clearer sound while performing.
Custom Molded In-ear Monitors For Drummers
Custom molded in-ear monitors offer a great solution for loud guitarists. I know, I know, I keep harping on about them. And don’t get me wrong, I love the sound of the guitar but I prefer the tasty type rather than the heavy metal type. Like my drumming. Taste rather than volume, that’s me.
…back to molded in-ear monitors for drumming… They fit snugly in the ear. So there’s no risk of them falling out. And they allow the drummer to control what they hear. Like anything else, of course, there is a wide range of options available. Either lower price points or higher priced quality monitors. I am not much for going cheap and so would most likely look for the best available. And then come down to a price that I was willing and able to pay for them.
Having said that, when you consider the price of a high-end peavey monitor for instance. This puts the in-ear option into perspective.
For example an Electro-Voice PXM-12MP, 700w wedge Monitor would cost around $870. But a pair of Moulded In-ear Sennheiser Pro Audio In-Ear Audio Monitor would set you back around $599.
In the end, as a drummer, they are a part of your kit and well worth the investment. Having said that, there are much cheaper ones available. So, you can go the cheaper route and build up to the higher-end brands when your budget allows.
Either way, custom-molded in-ear monitors are worth considering. And worth adding to your drumming essentials.
How To Find The Best In-ear Monitor For Your Needs As A Drummer
As a drummer, you know that having a good in-ear monitor is essential. For both rehearsal and performance situations. But with so many different options on the market, how do you choose the right one for your needs? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop for an in-ear monitor.
First, consider the size of your ears. Some models are designed to fit snugly into smaller ear canals. While others have larger tips that will provide a better seal for people with average or large ear sizes.
Second, think about what type of sound quality you need. If you’re looking for clear, pristine audio, look for an in-ear monitor with multiple drivers. But, if you’re looking for something that will help you hear yourself better on stage. A single-driver model may be enough.
Finally, be sure to try out several different models. Before making your final decision. Everyone’s ears are different, so what sounds great to one person may not work for another. By taking the time to find the perfect in-ear monitor, you’ll be sure to have the best possible experience. When playing drums and creating music you love.
Of course, this is subject to you visiting your local music store to see what they have to offer. If you choose the online route. Then make sure to read all the feature lists on several options around your budget. Then choose the ones that seem as though they will do the job you’re looking for. Don’t forget to read the reviews, and take special note of the review balance. For instance, if there are 300 positive reviews and 20 negatives. Don’t pay too much attention to the negative ones. I mean, don’t give them much weight as you balance your options.
In the end, your experience will override both positive and negative reviews. It’s your experience that counts.
So, what are your experiences with in-ear monitors for drumming? if you have anything to share with other readers don’t forget to comment below, and thanks for being here.
Until next time, look after your ears with an in-ear monitoring solution.
So, what are your experiences with in-ear monitors? if you have anything to share with other readers don’t forget to comment below, and thanks for being here.
Until next time, look after your ears with an in-ear monitoring solution.