Image-Line News

Tag Archives: earpeace

24-01-2011

If you club, perform music live or DJ regularly then your ears will be copping to some pretty harsh treatment, so there is nothing wussy about protecting your valuable hearing. If you have experienced ringing in your ears after a gig, then that is a sign you have pushed your ears too far. So what are the options?

 

THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY.

 

Typically you have between 2 minutes and 1 hour safe exposure time in a club!

 

1. General purpose Noise Reduction: These will reduce the sound level by 22 - 33 dB and can be had for around 15 cents a pair, when purchased in bulk, and can be reused a couple of times. Throw some in your gig-bag, car or helicopter. The down-side is that if you need to make critical mix decisions then these will significantly skew the frequency response of the music to the low end. If you are mixing then you should look at the next two options.

 

Earplugs and FL Studio boxes


Low cost: You can buy boxes of 200 quality foam earplugs on eBay for $30 USD

 

 

2. Special 'flat response' earplugs: These are designed to reduce the noise levels but do so with a relatively flat response. Rather than losing the highs as the foam style do. These cost between $10-20 USD for a few pairs and should last 6-12 months with heavy use (and regular cleaning). We especially like the skin tones and low profile of the EarPeace models as it encourages compliance & so wider use. NOTE: 'Musician' style earplugs may not block noise as effectively as standard NR earplugs, so take care and definitely don't use these for industrial NR purposes.

 

Hi-Fi / Musician's Earplugs

 

Two respected 'musician' products from Etymotic and EarPeace

 

3. Custom moulded earplugs: These are popular with music professionals and include a soft silicone shell with a flat frequency response filter positioned in the best place for your ear. These cost around $100-200 not including the audiologist's fees for making an ear moulding. Your local audiologist will be able to recommend some brands to you. If you want to see an example Etymotic make these. They should last years with good care.

 

Custom molded hearing protection

 

Custom moulded earplugs are the next step up

 

 

4. In-ear monitors: These are becoming very popular for stage performers as they block out the direct house sound and deliver a custom mix in your 'ear-bud' style headphones. A good set of these will set you back between $199 - $1500 USD. Respected brands include - Futuresonics, Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser & Shure. Like the NR style earplugs there is a hierarchy of standard fit to custom ear-moulded designs, explaining the rather large price range.

 

In ear monitors (photo courtesy of Ultimate Ears)

In Ear Monitors block the live sound and replace it with your own private mix

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Protection is only useful if it's used correctly in accordance with manufacturers instructions. All exposure times are indicative, please consult the recognized health authority in your location for the official safe sound level exposure charts. Use your brain and look after your most valuable asset, don't lose the beat!

 

Want to discuss this topic see the 'Am I going deaf???' thread in Looptalk.

 

Image-Line




RSS  home

Dancefair (13/14 Feb ...
Image-Line / FL Studio will be at Dancefair 2016 (Feb 13/14). Masterclasses from Power Users and the Image-Line team.
01-02-2016
FL Studio 12.2 Released
FL Studio 12.2 is out now. Introducing 25 new vectorial interfaces for your favorite plugins, sample content and more...
13-12-2015
Dancefair (13/14 Feb ...
Image-Line / FL Studio will be at Dancefair 2016 (Feb 13/14). Masterclasses from Power Users and the Image-Line team.
12-12-2015
FL Studio 12.2 BETA
FL Studio 12.2 BETA is out now. Introducing 25 new vectorial interfaces for your favorite plugins...
27-11-2015
Groove Loops, One-Sho ...
Get it here - http://www.image-line.com/content/Loops/Groove+Loops/ The Groove Loops sample library includes score files, one shots and Channel presets, so you get access to all the components you need to create your own original loops.
29-10-2015
FL Studio Demo Song W ...
Congratulations to #1 Tevlo|Release Me (feat. VEELA), #2 Umziky|All the Same, #3 Lokan|Greyscale
26-10-2015
Razer Music
Razer and Image-Line are happy to announce Razer Music - A one-stop music production portal. #RazerMusic
07-10-2015
FL Guru | Vocal Resyn ...
Since we released the VEELA Vocals Resynthesized and LollieVox Vocals Resynthesized Harmor libraries we got a lot of questions about how we created the packs. In this tutorial the FL Studio Guru reveals all...
30-09-2015
Harmor Veela Pack
VEELA Vocals Resynthesized is a unique pack of presets for Harmor, making use of its audio resynthesis function. It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to add pitchable vocals to your projects.
21-09-2015
FL Studio Giveaway!
4 chances to win FL Studio Producer edition just by spotting gear for Equipboard. Why not add FL Studio to your account!
02-09-2015
FL Studio 12.1 Release
FL Studio 12.1 introduces Mixer track routing from the Channel Rack, new plugins, new piano and drum instruments, a full colored Mixer and more...
12-08-2015
Aryay | 'Sad Gurlz' Vocal
A short tutorial video from Aryay on how he created the vocal sound for 'Sad Gurlz'.
10-08-2015
Demo Song Contest
Get your winning track distributed as a demo with the next release of FL Studio. VEELA will sing for you + get iZotope Nectar 2 + FL Studio All Plugins Bundle!
31-07-2015
Aryay | 'The Weeknd' ...
A short tutorial video from Aryay on how he created the vocal sound for 'Dark Room'.
24-07-2015
FL Studio 12.1
FL Studio 12.1 is now available for Beta Testing. Introducing Mixer track routing from the Channel Rack and full colored Mixer.
18-07-2015
FL Studio Mobile Anno ...
FL Studio Mobile 2 is coming to an end. FL Studio Mobile 3 will change everything!
02-07-2015
Aryay | Lead Vocal Tu ...
A short tutorial video from Aryay on how he created the lead vocal sound for the drop in 'R U Ok'.
01-07-2015
Video Player 2 BETA
Video Player 2 BETA now available for testing. Supports most video formats including .avi, .mov, .mpeg & .wmv.
26-06-2015
Groove Machine Mobile ...
Groove Machine Mobile 1.4.1 adds user-sample support for the drum-sampler and Inter-App Audio / Audio COpy/Paste for iOS. Also check the GMM VST Beta in the GMM user forum.
22-06-2015
Aryay | Drop Synth Tu ...
A short tutorial video from Aryay on how he created the lead sound for the drop in 'Overwhelmed Feat. Elkka'.
10-06-2015
Gibson Acquires Decka ...
We would like to announce that Gibson have acquired Image-Line's Deckadance DJ music application and rights.
15-05-2015
FL Studio 12.0.2 Update
FL Studio 12.0.2 is now available and fixes bugs and adds new features.
14-05-2015
Seven Lions on FL Studio
SEVEN LIONS (Jeff Montalvo) : Learn how Seven Lions uses FL Studio to make some of the most beautiful and complex tracks we have heard.
12-05-2015
Announcing FL Studio 12
The FL Studio 12 now available introducing a new and amazing vectorial interface. Includes Lifetime Free Updates.
22-04-2015
FL Studio 12 BETA 5
The FL Studio 12 Beta 5 is now available for testing. Log into your account and check the user forums (Looptalk) for the download.
13-04-2015
FL Studio 12 BETA 4
The FL Studio 12 Beta 4 is now available for testing. Log into your account and check the user forums (Looptalk) for the download.
16-03-2015
Deckadance 2.43 Update
Deckadance 2.43 bugfix update.
11-03-2015
Announcing Groove Mac ...
Groove Machine Mobile is a touch-based groove production & performance application. It's available from the Google Play, Apple iTunes and Windows (aka FL Studio Groove) App stores.
23-02-2015
FL Studio 12 BETA 3
The FL Studio 12 Beta 3 is now available for testing. Log into your account and check the user forums (Looptalk) for the download.
18-02-2015
FL Studio 12 BETA 2
The FL Studio 12 Beta 2 is now available for testing. Log into your account and check the user forums (Looptalk) for the download.
19-01-2015
Deckadance 2.4 Update
Deckadance 2.42 adds Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing, multi controller support (via scripting), native support for Behringer CMD 2A and Casio XW-DJ1 and more...
13-01-2015
Splice Supports FL Studio
Splice is a leading platform for music creation, collaboration and sharing, that works seamlessly with FL Studio
02-12-2014
Last Chance $10K Give ...
We've turned 20 and we're giving away $10,000 in prizes and IL VCash. All you have to do to be in the running is to post in our user forums.
30-11-2014
FL Studio 12 BETA
The FL Studio 12 Beta is now available for testing. Log into your account and check the user forums (Looptalk) for the download.
12-11-2014
$10,000 Giveaway
We've turned 20 and to thank our customers for their support, we're giving away $10,000 in prizes and IL VCash. All you have to do each month over the next 5 months, is to post as normal in our user forums.
03-11-2014
Harmor LollieVox Pack
LollieVox Vocals Resynthesized is a unique pack of presets for Harmor, making use of its audio resynthesis function. It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to add pitchable vocals to your projects.
15-10-2014
Mac OS X VST Alpha 8
Mac OS X - Alpha test Harmor, Sytrus, Maximus and Gross Beat, 32 Bit, OS X VST plugins. Use the 32 Bit AU version of Minihost Modular to bridge these in AU compatible hosts.
13-10-2014
Analog Distortion & W ...
Analog warmth and distortion explored with Fruity Waveshaper.
08-10-2014
FL Studio Mobile Update
FL Studio Mobile Android and iOS Updates. Android - Audio tracks and editing. iOS - Per track FX, shared FX, master FX and 4 new effects.
23-09-2014
Arno Cost Studio Session
In the studio with FL Studio producer - Arno Cost. A track-by-track analysis of his track Strong, co-produced with Norman Doray.
17-09-2014

TAGS