I get asked a lot about what I have in my ears in my song videos. The answer? 1964 Audio V6 Stage in ear monitors.
1964 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears) make custom molded in ear monitors as well as several models of universal fit monitors. In ear monitors are just a fancy name for headphones, but they are somewhat specialized in the fact that they extend into your ears and in many cases provide some pretty high quality listening experiences.
Musicians use in-ear monitors to listen back to themselves and others, and often times a click track which acts as a metronome to keep the band in time. They are an alternative to traditional stage monitors (speakers pointed at the musicians).
For a long time I used a pair of Shure SE215’s. They are a single driver in ear monitor, and they sound great. They are universal fit, so they work for most anybody’s ears. When I decided to upgrade, I looked at custom molded in-ear monitors, and I finally settled on the 1964 Audio V6 Stage model. They are a 6-driver monitor, which allows a much better representation of the music that you’re hearing. They are clear and accurate, and a HUGE step up from the Shure SE215’s. Watch the video above for more of my thoughts on the V6 Stage and in ear monitoring in general.