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Why every singer needs to invest in in-ear monitors

Why every singer needs to invest in in-ear monitors

More and more singers worldwide are deciding to purchase in-ear monitors. They are most popular for use during live performances, and vocalists in performances at the Grammy Awards and other televised shows are often seen using them. Even newsreaders use in-ear monitors!

How are in-ear monitors used?

When you connect in-ear monitors to a wireless receiver pack attached to a performer, that pack receives a signal from the transmitter connected to a mixer. The monitoring engineer sets the mix.

Wireless in-ears are best for live performances because they do not restrict the performer's freedom of movement. The performer can even use a personal mixer to be able to create a mix for themselves. Their sound isolation capabilities can also help protect performers' ears from the dangerous noise levels typically associated with live performance using stage monitors. This is similar to using earplugs, but with the added benefit of delivering a clear representation of what the audience can hear at a safe volume.

Another common application of in-ear monitors is to use them as studio reference earphones. They can be used as an additional reference source when creating a mix. It can be useful since earphones are very direct and cut out external sounds, so you can use them in addition to studio monitors and open, semi-open or closed-back headphones.

What does the singer hear in their earpieces?

Singers can choose which sounds they hear on their in-ear monitors. They will typically hear their voice - something that is notoriously difficult during some live performances - so they can pitch their notes better without having to sing louder. They often choose to have at least a few other instruments, such as the drums for timing and keyboards or guitars, to stay in the correct key. 

The benefits of in-ear monitors

Hearing protection

Long exposure to loud noises can cause hearing damage. In-ear monitors block external sound and put the volume control in the hands of the performer. 

Reduce vocal strain

If a singer can’t hear themselves, sometimes they will compensate by singing louder, which can cause vocal strain. Being able to hear yourself sing means you can keep your voice at a normal, healthy range. 


For singers who like to move around the stage, in-ear monitors are the perfect piece of equipment that can travel with them. They aren’t bulky and also contribute to a cleaner-looking stage area.

Personal control

Rather than gesturing to the sound engineer every time they need to change the sound, in-ear monitors give singers the ability to make broad adjustments, such as overall volume or the ability to choose different mixes.

Consistent sound

Most stages have floor monitors to reflect sound onto a singer and help them hear the sound being produced. However, this only works well if the singer is stationary and in front of them. As soon as the singer moves out of position, they no longer get an accurate representation of the sound. In-ear monitors give singers un-changed sound, no matter where they are on stage.

Buy in-ear monitors for singers in Melbourne

With benefits like hearing protection, choosing which instruments you hear and an accurate representation of what's happening on stage, the advantages of in-ear monitors are clear. 

We stock ACS in-ear monitors as they have a superior sound quality and are one of the only manufacturers that use soft medical-grade silicone in their IEMs, making them comfortable and well-fitting. Explore the range of custom in-ear monitors Melbourne singers choose to help their performances online or visit us at our Richmond or Footscray location. We use