Category Archives: Sound Production

What is an In-Ear Monitor (IEM)?

gregorywoodmanselects64audioarron89-2Over the last four decades or so, the music industry has experienced an invention that has changed the way we interact with music. In-ear monitors, sometimes known as earphones, are finding their way into the ears of musicians, sound engineers and audiophiles alike. But many are still wondering, what is an in-ear monitor?  Questions still arise as these small, but impactful, pieces of audio equipment keep surfacing into the music scene. So we thought we would dive in and give you some answers. Originally created for musicians and sound engineers, in-ear monitors (also referred to as IEMs) are a relatively new type of earphone designed for optimum audio enhancement while creating isolation from external sound. Musicians previously preferred wedge monitors for this type of musical feedback. But the… [ Read the full article ]

U18 Tzar and tia Fourté Shipping Announcement

packagingupdate2Here They Come! Back in November 2016, we publicized the release of three new models – the A18 Tzar, U18 Tzar, and tia Fourté. The A18 Tzars have been shipping from the lab since February and we are now thrilled to announce that the Fourté and U18s have begun to ship out as well! We appreciate our customers’ patience as they have expectantly awaited the arrival of their new products. We assure that the wait will have been worth it for these first-of-their-kind in-ear monitors. Our U18 Tzar features the proprietary tia high driver as well as the tia single-bore design. Along with its custom counterpart, the A18, this is the first 18-driver model on the market. With its unique design and configuration, the U18 promises… [ Read the full article ]

64 Audio is proud to unveil tia™, Tubeless In-ear Audio

tia_thmb_banner2The end of the year is swiftly approaching, and 64 Audio is thrilled to end 2016 with a bang! Just in time for Black Friday, we have launched our revolutionary tia technology. This ground-breaking innovation is featured in our three new in-ear models, the tia™ Fourté™, U18t Tzar™, and A18t Tzar™. We broke all the rules this time to bring you the best of new technology and 8 years of experience designing world-class in-ear monitors. What makes the Fourté™, the U18t, and the A18t so unique is our proprietary tia system. This new technology features the proprietary tia™ drivers, the tia single-bore, and the tia acoustic chambers. The tia driver stands apart as an open balanced armature design that produces sound with a direct-radiating, fully… [ Read the full article ]

Introducing the apex™ & tia™ Technologies

Blog_apex_Banner1VANCOUVER, WA, July 28, 2016 – 64 Audio, a worldwide leader in in-ear monitors, has today unveiled two new breakthrough technologies. As a global industry leader in premier in-ear monitors, 64 Audio is proud to introduce apex™, a new and improved in-ear technology, and the tia™ – a first of its kind, tubeless in-ear audio system. 64 Audio’s apex stands for Air Pressure Exchange. It features a pneumatically interactive vent that relieves pneumatic pressure (also known as air pressure) caused by miniature speakers placed in a sealed ear canal. With the apex technology, these pressures are greatly reduced, the sound quality is improved, and the stereo image is much wider. Additionally, instrument separation is more distinguishable because the sound is delivered to the eardrum in a more natural way…. [ Read the full article ]

The Danger of Wearing Only One IEM

Dangers_Of_One_IEMWe all know that in-ear monitors (IEMS) were designed to solve two issues: Save hearing and improve audio quality on stage. But if used incorrectly they may actually fail to do both. It is far too often that we see musicians and performers with one earpiece dangling on their chest. While it works as a nice wardrobe accessory it is actually dangerous to your hearing health. We’ll try to explain. There is a known phenomenon call binaural summation. You don’t have to remember the words but rather understand the concept. When you take one earpiece out, you lose 6db of perceived loudness. To compensate, most musicians will turn the volume up by about 6db (twice the loudness), which can be fatiguing and damaging to the ear…. [ Read the full article ]

Michael Brauer Uses 64 Audio A12’s for Critical Listening (VIDEO)

MichaelBrauer_HeaderRecently, 64 Audio’s founder, Vitaly Belonozhko had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Brauer, the Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin and many more. Michael and his assistants have been using custom 64 Audio A12s and A10s for several months in Brauer’s studio space at Electric Lady Studios in New York. He has some great things to say about his experience with our flagship A12s.   “When comparing the A10’s to A12’s, I prefer listening to the A12s. I find the bottom and midrange exactly as I imagine my mix to sound. The A10s also have a beautiful sound – a real clear midrange. I imagine classical music sounding amazing on them. I don’t use the 64 Audio in-ears to replace… [ Read the full article ]

64 Audio at the All-Star Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder

Blog_JB_Banner“I do not plan on ever mixing another gig without my 64 Audio Ears,” – James Berry (Beyoncé, monitor engineer) 64 Audio was granted the opportunity to be a part of tonight’s All-Star Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life at which James Berry, monitor engineer for Beyoncé, was able to experience 64’s in-ear monitors and provide feedback from himself and his artist. James has always been an advocate for providing his artists (Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson) what they want and need, all while protecting their hearing. “When I found 64 Audio, I found an in-ear monitor that is the perfect tool for all of my artists.” When asked about his thoughts on hearing health this is what he… [ Read the full article ]

The Danger of Wearing Only One IEM

One-ear-blog-postWe all know that in-ear monitors (IEMS) were designed to solve two issues: Save hearing and improve audio quality on stage. But if used incorrectly they may actually fail to do both. It is far too often that we see musicians and performers with one earpiece dangling on their chest. While it works as a nice wardrobe accessory it is actually dangerous to your hearing health. We’ll try to explain. There is a known phenomenon call binaural summation. You don’t have to remember the words but rather understand the concept. When you take one earpiece out, you lose 6db of perceived loudness. To compensate, most musicians will turn the volume up by about 6db (twice the loudness), which can be fatiguing and damaging to the… [ Read the full article ]

Protecting Your Hearing While Wearing In-Ear Monitors

blog-2-500x250Protecting Your Hearing While Wearing In-Ear Monitors In-ear monitors (IEMs) have become the standard for stage monitoring and have been around for a decade and a half. They are used on the world’s biggest stages as well as that run-down karaoke bar down the street. While they offer some of the best audio fidelity possible, they can also be used to preserve one of your most precious gifts­­…. your hearing. Let’s face it, you’re going to slowly lose the ability to hear detail as you get older, but you can slow down this process by taking care of your ears. Here are 3 tips to make sure you are protecting your hearing while enjoying audio bliss: 1. Listening Volume. Listen to your mix at as low… [ Read the full article ]

3 Guidelines For Mixing In-Ear Monitors

blog-1-500x250In-ear monitors are advertised to be far superior in clarity, transparency and fidelity when compared to most traditional floor monitors. This is true, if your sound engineer is experienced in mixing for in-ear monitors (IEMs), but what about those people that went out and bought the most expensive pair of custom molds and had the worst experience of their life during the first show? It turns out that, in most cases, they never had a proper soundcheck, assuming that everything would “magically” sound great because they have a set of top of the line custom in-ear monitors. Here are 3 guidelines that will help you achieve a better in-ear monitor experience. 1. Ambience/FX.  In order to have a heavenly experience with your IEMs you have to… [ Read the full article ]