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.
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In the interest of having your talent receiving an optimal mix, in-ears often go a long way toward accomplishing that task.
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.
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.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.