View Full Version : Best In-Ear Monitors?...

11-20-1999, 05:41 AM
I see a lot of the "hip" studio cats using in-ear monitors these days... What companies make them?... Which ones are best?... And can you actually get a decent mix with them?... ;^D Pep

11-21-1999, 03:11 PM
Why anyone would want to use in-ears in a studio beats me... They're expensive, they leak sound, yes they can play very loud, but the sound is not that good from a hifi point of view: I think the reason why people would consider using them in a studio environment is that they (the top of the line ones) use artificial processing to create a sound which reminds you of onstage sound with wedges, that is, so you won't get the vocals in the middle of your head. But use a PAZ-split a little creatively along with some discrete reverbration or a delay for some early reflections, and you will get a remniscent result.


11-22-1999, 07:22 AM
OK, that answers part of my question... Now, who makes them and what do they cost?... Pep

11-22-1999, 10:32 AM
we use the new shure stuff. good stuff

11-22-1999, 02:29 PM
Go to www.etymotic.com (http://www.etymotic.com)

Click on the "Insert Earphones" link...
Read about the Etymotic ER-4 earphones.

These headphones sound spectacular, they don't leak, they drastically reduce external noise, and if you want, you can get a custom mold of your ear canal for about $100-$200, and have the ER-4's mounted in the mold for a perfect fit.

The ER-4's require a high quality headphone amp.

Go to:

headroom.headphone.com (http://headroom.headphone.com) to get high quality headphone amps. Headroom is a pretty cool little company that sells all sorts of hi-fi headphone equipment, including the ER-4's (bundled with an amp!)

In reply to the last part of your question - I would never mix exclusively on headphones. However, the ER-4's are great for checking really subtle things in your mix. Wanna pan that reverb tail a couple degrees to the left? The ER-4's will tell you exactly where it is.


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El Guapo
11-22-1999, 03:59 PM
The Shure does not have alot of headroom. I've found you need a good limiter in the chain. The AKG Virtuals are very interesting in that they have LOTS of headroom, several EQ curves, Spatial settings, and some sort of basic verb settings. They are not cheap but sound loads better than the sure.

11-23-1999, 07:55 AM
Thanks Disco_Doctor!!!... The new 4P's are exactly what I need/no seperate amp required for my mobile recording projects... (I LOVE your handle BTW: good enough to steal)... ;^D Pep

11-23-1999, 05:39 PM
Thanks Pep. Glad I could help.



I LOVE your handle BTW: good enough to steal)... ;^D Pep

Disco_Doctor (C)1999


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