Transitioning to In-Ears in 4 Easy Steps

The payoff is big but making the leap to in-ear monitors can be a difficult experience. But it doesn't have to be. Here are 4 simple steps to follow to ensure success.

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March 3, 2020

Dave Hamilton — Co-Host at Gig Gab, The Working Musicians' Podcast — and his partner Paul just ran a show on how to effectively transition to in-ear monitors. Inspired by watching Trey Anastasio from Phish try to get comfortable with his newly acquired in-ears, Dave shares 20 years of experience on helping musicians move from the wedge to a personal monitoring mix.

Dave's steps are brilliant in their simplicity.

1) Get a feel for what you're used to getting.

2) Dial in your in-ear mix to replicate what you're used to.

3) Add as much ambient bleed as you can.

4) Slowly experiment from there. Eventually you'll use less ambient, you'll experiment with EQ, and you'll turn the levels down. But don't rush it.

Listen to more great tips here at Gig Gab — the The Working Musicians' Podcast

Besides for being an avid drummer, gigging musician, and passionate in-ear user, Dave Hamilton is the Co-Founder at The Mac Observer & BackBeat Media.

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