What is monitoring?

Learning the “in-ear monitor” system starts with understanding what does “monitoring” represent and why it is necessary. The monitoring system represents the possibility to hear (monitor) how you perform while you sing or play, so that you know exactly what you and the other musicians do on stage.
The stage monitoring started in the 1960s, when the rock bands begun to discover that, if all members of the group can hear one another, they can perform better. This was possible by sending specifically mixed sounds to the stage by speakers placed on the floor of the stage. This was the beginning of monitoring, but the speakers were loud and bulky, and the sound was focused on only one direction.
Today, the in-ear monitor systems allow you to hear only what you want, without affecting whet the others hear.These systems are comfortable, having a good amplification, successfully replacing the stage monitors with the in-ear monitors.
Advantages of the in-ear monitor system compared to the stage monitors
The conventional monitoring is made by means of large speakers mounted on the floor of the stage. The in-ear monitor system offers a more enjoyable and more effective monitoring method.
Sound quality
When wearing in-ear monitors, you can enjoy a clean mix to low frequencies, a high-quality sound and less interruption due to the outside noise. The sound heard by the public is better with in-ear ear monitors, as they remove the feedback, and, most times, the powerful sound is not picked up by the microphones on the stage due to this very reason.
Mobility
The stage monitors focus the sound in one place. With the in-ear monitor systems, the speakers are in the listener’s ears, so that you can move freely on stage, the sound remaining perfect everywhere.
Portability
An in- ear system can be fitted in a small box and it is easy to transport. The stage monitors, besides the fact that they are loud and bulky, are very hard to transport.
Where can I use in-ear monitor?
Generally, the in-ear monitor system can be used for every application when monitoring is necessary: in the studio, on the stage, at rehearsals.
Live on stage
The bands often perform in different locations and they are able to control they personal mix. Moreover, the transport effort is small as no stage monitors to be placed on the floor are needed and only small amplifiers are needed.
Rehearsal studio
The in-ear monitoring systems transform the largest rehearsal rooms in good rehearsal spaces. Not only you are able to obtain more when rehearing, but the vocal tension is reduced, as well as ear ringing.