The cheapest way for Setting Up In-Ear Monitors

The cheapest way for Setting Up In-Ear Monitors

The cheapest way for Setting Up In-Ear Monitors

It is our goal to demonstrate how to set up in-ear monitors and provide some advice on the equipment that is most appropriate for you.







  • To quickly respond, connect the monitor out/s of your digital mixer to a wired or wireless headphone amplifier, adjust the levels as necessary, and mix as needed.






In-Ear Monitors Have a Lot of Advantages.

To explain the advantages of using an in-ear monitoring device, we’ll first discuss the advantages of using one. Using an in-ear monitoring device is beneficial for a variety of reasons.



the stage’s overall volume should be reduced

  1. You have to turn up the volume of the front-of-house mix in order for it to drown out what’s going on on stage while using on-stage monitors. It is possible to exceed your maximum volume restriction in smaller venues.
  2. A “quiet” stage provides the audio engineer with the chance to provide the exact, clean front of house mix that you want for your production.
  5. More choices for your monitor mixes are now available.
  6. Adding a click track is an excellent illustration of what we mean. With a floor monitor, you wouldn’t be able to do that since the crowd would hear you talking. The crowd will never know because of in-ear monitors.




Consider the use of a digital audio mixing console.

Setting up in-ear monitors without a digital mixer is not something we advocate doing. Why? A digital console, on the other hand, provides you with a few advantages.

  • Increase the number of monitor outputs available
  • A total of ten monitor outputs are available on our Allen & Heath QU-16 digital mixer, four of which are mono and three which are stereo.
  • Headphones with a stereo sound
  • If your drummer prefers to hear clicks in just one ear, or if you need to pan sounds for any other reason, this is a great option.
  • Save your mixes in a safe place
  • You can store and remember your monitor mix settings, which is very useful for traveling bands or other setups that need the same monitor mix on a regular basis. This saves you a great deal of time.
  • You may apply specific EQ settings to each monitor output by using the individual monitor EQ setting option.

In-Ear Monitors: Wireless vs. Hardwired

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In-ear monitor amplifiers that are wired into the ears are inexpensive and ideal for drummers and other persons who don’t move around much. However, they are too expensive for everyone else.




For singers or guitarists who prefer to wander around a lot on stage, a wireless option like as the Shure PSM 300 system is recommended. Spend no more than $500 on your wireless monitor system, and stay with well-known brands such as Shure and Sennheiser to keep your costs down. They provide the greatest performance as well as the finest long-term value.




Headphones/Earphones of Various Types

Whatever headphones or earphones you select is entirely up to your particular taste and preferences.



In-ear monitors that are made to order
Custom-molded in-ear monitors are manufactured by companies such as Westone and Ultimate Ears. These are by far the most widely used ear monitor earbuds on the market.


Headphones of good quality, such as Shure, Beats, or any other brand, may be purchased over the counter. These may be worn in the ear or over the ear, depending on your preference.




Create a Limiter in your program.

Another significant benefit of having a digital mixing console is the increased level of safety. To ensure that you’re not sending too much signal to any one headphone amplifier, you may establish a hard limit on the output of a digital mixer.

After plugging our own headphones into the wireless pack and setting a limit, we give the pack back to the artist to continue the performance.

Setup Instructions for In-Ear Monitors

We’ll walk you through the process of setting up in-ear monitors using the Shure PSM 300 wireless system, but the techniques will be applicable to most other types of equipment as well.

The time required is 2 minutes.

Connect the mixer to the wireless IEM system using the included cables.
Connect an XLR wire to the monitor output on your mixer that you want to use. Using an XLR to TRS converter, you may convert the cable to 1/4″ for use as an input on your IEM system.



Ideally, the IEM equipment should be placed within 10′ to 30′ of the artist.
Connect your headphones to the wireless pack using the included cable.
Levels, limiter, and mix should all be set according to the tastes of the artist.
Microphones for the audience and the environment
When using in-ear monitoring, particularly with custom-molded earbuds, one of the disadvantages is that musicians miss out on feedback from the crowd. In certain cases, they may feel alone and disconnected from the event.



One technique to compensate for this is to place some microphones in front of the crowd and add the audio from these microphones to the monitor mix. However, be careful not to feed it into the main PA system.




In Ear Monitors (IEMs): How to Set Them Up, Pricing, and Specifications

Shure PSM 300 Wireless Monitoring System: psm300 Wired In-Ear Monitor Amp: Shure PSM 300 Wireless Monitoring System: psm300
Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones: Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones
Allen & Heath QU-16: Allen & Heath QU-PAC (Rackmount Console): Allen & Heath QU-PAC (Rackmount Console):