Today, most churches with live music have transitioned from floor wedges to in-ear monitors for better music ministry. Are you on the fence about making the switch? Why fix what’s not broken?
Chances are if your worship band isn’t using in-ears, there could be a growing disconnect between the musicians and the congregation – and you might not even notice it.
Here are three reasons your worship band needs in-ear monitors:
Lower Stage Volume
Have you ever heard the volume war between the church musicians when they are performing? The guitarist might be louder than the vocalist or the vocalist is louder than the bassist. This happens when musicians are relying on the floor wedges to hear instruments. If they can’t hear what they’re playing, each musician will ask the sound tech for more volume, and then the overall sound level will become loud and overwhelming.
In-ear monitors allow the musicians to have their own personalized mix; they can adjust the volume the way they like, which in turn improves their performance.
“If you have a good quality mix and a quality engineer, the entire performance just goes up a notch when the band is wearing in-ear monitors because they each have their own mix being fed into their ears. They can hear themselves and that makes for better playing and a quieter stage,” said Tyler Toms, Monitor Engineer of Free Chapel Church (Gainesville, GA Campus).
For church musicians, hearing is their most valuable sense. When exposed to floor wedges, cranked up at a loud volume for extended amounts of time, their hearing is put at risk. Prolonged exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB) will cause irreversible hearing loss. That’s not very loud. It’s about the same volume as a propeller plane flying overhead. If the musicians can’t hear, their music career is over. With most custom in-ear monitors, acoustic isolation is about 28 dB +/- 2 dB, allowing for safer listening.
Less Stage Clutter
A messy stage is never a pretty sight. Floor wedges, amps, cables, and instruments, make for unnecessary stage bloat; not to mention the safety issue of bulky gear. If the worship band moves about the stage often, the likelihood of a fall increases.
You can free up plenty of space if the band goes with in-ears monitors. An extra benefit is the freedom of movement they gain when they’re not tied down to a specific spot. The blessing of less stage clutter can’t be stressed enough. In-ears make messy stages a thing of the past.
Still on the fence about outfitting your worship band with premium in-ear monitors? Consider this; in-ear monitors enable your church musicians to take their performances next level.
“We probably have about 220 volunteer musicians across our 8 campuses here at 12 Stone, and when you’re playing with a live band, you’re gonna play at a different level of confidence, and a different level of proficiency. You need to be able to hear everything to the degree that it will inspire you,” said Russell Allen, Worship Development Pastor/Music Director of 12 Stone Church (Lawrenceville, GA Campus).
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Sophia G is a God lover, and a writer who loves music, animals, and people. Visit Empire Ears for more information on premium in-ear monitors.