The Benefits of Using In-Ear Monitors

IEMs are key in helping to reduce stage volume by eliminating the need for stage monitors or wedges.

The Benefits of Using In-Ear Monitors
Using IEMs, you have the ability to use a click track or a metronome and computer generated band guidance. These tools are helpful in tightening up the band’s speed and transitions in between songs.
The Benefits of Using In-Ear Monitors
Using IEMs, you have the ability to use a click track or a metronome and computer generated band guidance. These tools are helpful in tightening up the band’s speed and transitions in between songs.

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If you are looking for a way to improve the quality of sound during your worship service, in ear monitors (IEMs) can help in this area.

The first way IEMs can help is by reducing stage volume by eliminating the need for stage monitors or wedges.  By reducing the stage volume, this not only allows for the overall volume of the main mix to come down, but it also cleans up the muddiness that wedges create.

IEMs give musicians the ability to pan instruments or singers from one ear to another.

Another way IEMs can improve the sound quality is that it can reduce feedback. Once again this goes back to not having wedges, which are prone to feedback, due to open microphones being in front of a loudspeaker.  This gives the audio engineer more control over his or her final mix.

In ear monitors can allow a band director or a stage manager to communicate with singers or other band members through a talkback mic.  This is unable to happen if one is using wedges, as attendees in the crowd or congregation would normally hear this interaction.

Using IEMs, you have the ability to use a click track or a metronome and computer generated band guidance.  These tools are helpful in tightening up the band’s speed and transitions in between songs.  By tightening up the band with timing, it will aid one in cleaning up a mix, by helping each member not play over the top of each other.

IEMs give musicians the ability to pan instruments or singers from one ear to another, giving the feeling of space and separation, helping the musician to be able to hear his or her self easier and for singers to not feel as if they have to push so hard, hence saving their voice.

Finally, IEMs give the musician or singer the ability to have more mobility, allowing them to be able to move freely around the stage and still have the ability to hear their complete mix.

All of the above benefits are ways that IEMs can improve your sound quality.




More About Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams serves as the technical director of Victory World Church in Atlanta. On staff for more than ten years, he has had a front row seat as the church has grown to more than 10,000 weekly attendees across multiple campuses, representing more than 110 nationalities, making it one of the largest multi‐cultural congregations in the U.S. In his role, Williams oversees sound, lighting, stage design and live video production across campuses leading his team of production engineers and more than 300 volunteers on a weekly basis. Nathan’s love for all things sound and lighting began as early as the age of six; serving in production at a church he loves is a lifelong dream come true. Other than sound, Nathan’s passions include air guitar, his community of friends, and most importantly, his beautiful family. Nathan and his wife Ashley recently celebrated nine years of marriage and are the parents of four children, three girls and one boy.
Get in Touch: nwilliams@victoryatl.com    More by Nathan Williams

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