What Do Musicians Have in Their Ears?

Westone Artist Christina-Aguilera-Pitbull-Performing-Feel-This-Moment-wearing in ear monitors

Author: Diane Ferraro

If you’ve been to a live concert or are a fan of The Voice, American Idol or X Factor, you have probably noticed that the singers and musicians wear in-ear monitors during the performance. These tools allow the musician to hear his/her voice or specific instrument along with the entire band while also providing noise reduction from ambient surroundings and loud, screaming fans. (They love us but also need to hear what we’re there to hear them do, natch.)

Back in the old days (we’re talking waaaay back, like the 1980s and decades prior) bands such as Bauhaus, B-52s, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi and The Cult relied on loudspeakers placed on the stage to monitor the audio mix. Getting to a show at the Hollywood Palladium early to stand in the front row often meant securing “prime” space stuck behind one of these monster speakers and having only limited visibility of Simon LeBon, Peter Murphy or Ian Astbury.

The early 1990s was a pivotal period in the music industry. While grunge and hip hop were becoming mainstream, Colorado-based Westone Audio helped to pioneer an in-ear monitoring solution for the bands Def Leppard and Rush and forever changed the on-stage sound experience for musicians of all genres.

Today many of the artists from the eighties are still touring but now have the convenience of wearing professional Westone in ear monitors. Watch this video of Duran Duran performing Ordinary World in London and look for the close up of Simon LeBon wearing Westone monitors at :57, 1:12, 3:12 and Nick Rhodes wearing his in ear monitors at 2:34:

For additional information on the history of in-ear monitors, also referred to as IEMs, check out this Wikipedia article.


About Westone Audio

Founded in 1959, Westone Audio is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance in-ear musician’s monitors, earphones for music lovers and innovative speaker technology. After five decades of in-ear and acoustic innovation, Westone has developed a sizable portfolio of exclusive technologies, which incorporate only the most premium materials and optimal processes into all its products. Westone continues to pioneer new innovation into the world of audio and hearing. Our in-ear earphone product lines are actively endorsed by musicians (TobyMac, Third Day, Peter Frampton, Jars of Clay, The Band Perry and Josh Groban to name just a few) and have won acclaim in countless reviews among audiophiles and artist worldwide. Westone is also committed to the prevention and cure of hearing loss and will donate a portion of audio products sold through 2014 to the Hearing Health Foundation (www.hhf.org). Westone is Pure Music.
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