Whenever you play live on stage, you need some method to hear what you’re playing. Many venues use traditional monitor wedges, but there’s another choice. I’m talking about in-ear monitors. These are dedicated personal monitoring devices that go straight into your ears.

Loads of major touring artists use in-ear monitors and lots of think about them as the best option for hearing yourself onstage. These days, in-ears are becoming more and more common even in smaller venues.

However what exactly are in-ears monitors? Are they just headphones? What are the specific benefits of using them and which models are best?

In this article, I’ll break down everything you should know to get started with in-ear monitoring.

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Every week, dozens of the latest music products are announced. The gear industry is moving faster than ever and there’s always exciting new gear on the horizon. However keeping up with all of it can be exhausting, especially when you don’t check in regularly. That’s why we’re bringing you the most notable new releases that you should know in May in this guide.

May will be an incredible month for brand new music gear. In this version of Best New Gear, you’ll discover {hardware} synths, sampled instruments, algorithmic reverb, and more.

Let’s get started.

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