Best In Ear Monitors for Singers and Musicians – West Tone AM Pro 30, Mackie mp-240, Shure 215

Hi friends! My name is Andrea Gatti, but you can call me Andy ;). I play drums and Afro-Cuban percussions. When I started my career, I played professionally as a percussionist, and since I became a believer I have been playing and studying the drums, being involved with worship ministry.

In the last years, music technology has made giant steps. The way musicians listen to each other has changed so much, and things like the classic monitors are becoming obsolete. Together we will look at the best in ear monitors for singers and musicians that the market has to offer, from a low budget, going up to professional ones.

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Why in ear monitors?

Best-in-ear-monitors-for-singers-and-musicians-stageThere are many benefits of using the best in-ear monitors for singers but also for musicians. As I just said, classic monitors are starting to become obsolete and there are a few reasons why this is happening.

  • First of all the monitors increase the volume on stage, and in situations where is required to keep the sound at a low volume the classical monitors are not ideal
  • classical monitors require cables to run on stage and this could get untidy if there are no ducts to allow the passage of the cables.
  • The in ear monitor can be wireless and allow the singer to move freely on stage
  • With a digital sound mixer, musician can regulate there own levels just by using an app on their phone
  • The overall quality will be better for the musicians since they will be regulating their own volumes and also the sound from the PA will be much better due to the fact that the stage volume will be reduced drastically

These models have different qualities which obviously determine the price, but most of all we will consider the number of drivers that each model has. The drivers are the cones inside the speakers, just like a stereo speaker would have. The bigger cones are dedicated to the lower frequencies and the smaller ones instead are for the higher frequencies. The more drivers are present in the monitor, the more the sound will be defined and clear since it will be projected in a more defined way.


Shure 215

Shure 215
Best-in-ear-monitors-for-singers-and-musicians-Shure215This is the first model from my selection of the best in ear monitors for singers and musicians. I believe these are the first model I would consider if we are looking for good quality sound. Although they are a single driver monitor, they are still able to broadcast good quality sound. In fact, this model is widely used because of the fact of their quality vs their price.

 

Characteristics:

  1. Single driver but still able to broadcast good quality sound
  2. Removable cables allow us to change them if they should break or get damaged, but also allows to attach the monitors directly to a wireless pack. (great tool if wanting to move freely on stage)
  3. Customizing earbuds to adapt to all ear shapes
  4. Cleaning tool which allows the hygiene of the musician but also the monitors will last longer since the will not get stuck or blocked with ear dirt
  5. Carrying case to protect the monitors when stored and transported

Mackie MP-240

Best-in-ear-monitors-for-singers-and-musicians-MakieMP240The Mackie MP-240 is the second choice for the best in ear monitors for singers and musicians that I recommend. I would consider this model a step above the Shure 215, still have a good considering quality vs price, but of course, they are more expensive. They feature two drivers wich make a difference from the one driver models, the bass driver allows the sound to richer and “fat”. This is very good if playing a rhythmic instrument that requires a better definition of the bass line.

Characteristics:

  1. Two drivers wich allow a great definition and clarity of sound
  2. Removable cables as well as all the monitors with removable cables this model allows you to change the wires if damaged but also allow you to connect the monitors to a wireless system allowing freedom on stage
  3. Customizing earbuds to adapt to all ear shapes
  4. Cleaning tools for good maintenance and Hygiene
  5. Carrying case to protect and transport the monitors

West Tone AM Pro 30

Best-in-ear-monitors-for-singers-and-musicians-West-Tone-AMpro30The last model of the best ear monitors for singers and also musicians are the West Tone AM Pro30. Although al the models we have up to know looked at are good quality and great monitors, I would definitely say that the AM Pro30 are definitely a step above all the others and they are a real professional tool. They feature three drivers which allow a super clear and defined sound, allowing the musician to listen to all the little details and to all the richness of the music. Not considering the extra driver, they also have an extra feature. The West Tone AM Pro 30 have filters that allow ambiance to be perceived by the musician without isolating completely from the external sound. This is frat in a live context, especially in a church. Many times if we are completely isolated we can’t hear the crowd singing or perceive anything that does not go through our monitor system allowing a much more natural sound.
Characteristics:

  1. Three driver system for amazing definition
  2. Removable cables which allow other connections such as wireless system, and replace the cables without needing to through away the monitor just because the cable got damaged
  3. Ambiance filters wich to perceive external sound
  4. Customizing earbuds to adapt to all ear shapes
  5. Cleaning tools for maintenance and Hygiene
  6. Carrying case for protection and transport

 


Best In Ear Monitors for singers and musicians – My opinion

The-Worship-and-Art-reviews-my-opinionAs I always say, before we go and purchase any product, we need to pay attention to the use we are going to do with it. So let’s do the same for our search for the best in ear monitors for singers and musicians.

 

I’m sure that these questions will help with choosing the right product.

 

  • Are we professionals who do many lives or play very often in order to justify the expense of a professional product? If this is the case, I would say to go for it and get the West Tone AM Pro 30.
Click here if you are interested in the West Tone AM Pro 30

 

  • Are we in the middle? By the middle, I intend someone who is not a professional, and he is not willing to spend the amount of money to buy a professional product, but he is willing to invest enough in order to get a product that is nearly professional and of good quality. If you see yourself here the Mackie MP-240 will do for you
Click here if you are interested in the Makie MP-240

 

  • We are just looking for a quality product, and our budget is not very high. The Shure 215 will meet your requirements.
Click here if you are interested in the Shure 215

Final thoughts

Best-in-ear-monitors-for-singers-and-musiciansChoosing the best in ear monitors for singers and musicians, in my opinion, is one of the musts. Being able to hear clearly is very important for those who are involved not only in worship ministry but to anybody who wants to hear music at quality standards.

Something to keep in consideration is the use of a product before spending money on it. All of these in ear monitors are of good quality, they are just on different price range. Of course, the more we pay the more we expect from the product, however maybe our need is not to have a professional monitor, and buying a good quality product will meet our requirements.

Personally, as a drummer, I prefer using my headphones, but these have a cable and I wouldn’t recommend them a musician who is mooving on stage or he is singing in the front. Instead in ear monitors are a great solution for all does who need freedom on stage.

Honestly, It’s a matter of taste, some prefer headphones, and some prefer in-ear; whatever is the choice, I always recommend quality. Going cheap will only cause frustration and in the end, could lead to spending even more money since we will end up replacing the bad model.

I hope this article helped you choose what fits better to your needs.

Click here if you are interested in knowing which headphones I use.
Click here to get some tips on how to improve the sound with the equipment you already have.
Feel free to ask any questions and to leave any comments below. I will answer as soon as possible ;).

God bless you so much.

Wish you the best.

Andy

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4 thoughts on “Best In Ear Monitors for Singers and Musicians – West Tone AM Pro 30, Mackie mp-240, Shure 215

  1. Hi Andy, thanks for sharing your top ear monitor recommendations. I appreciate advice coming from a professional. It makes my decision much easier. All these sound and look fantastic, but I think that west tone am pro 30 would be the best choice. Thanks again!

  2. I wasn’t familiar with the drivers in ear monitors, its part in quality and defined sound would definitely make a difference depending on your own needs and use. I feel you have given comprehensive review of each type while offering something that could fit into any budget. Thanks for sharing!

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