Originally Posted by gwailoh
That's an interesting thought. How tough is it to clean them? If you're providing in-ear monitors to clients, do you have to boil them
I dunno about using in-ears in the studio, but I've worked with them a bunch in live settings. Generally the foam ones from Shure and the like will still bleed a bit. The best ones use the Futuresonics (or other) molds and are custom fitted to the players ears. IIRC, it took a couple three weeks for my earplug molds to arrive so it's not a quick (or inexpensive!!!) solution.
It's not the most hygienic thing either.
Use closed cans, and turn 'em down! Especially when cutting vox, acoustic guitars or similar stuff. I'm constantly amazed at how loud people monitor on phones. I've seen drummers stuff earplugs in and then
put cans on, or the infamous guitar player who's telling me that the headphones don't work...they're broken...yet when I walk into the live room to check it out I can't get any closer then 10 yards because they're so freakin' loud.
I rarely run into problems with headphone bleed and if I do, it's usually from the click track but that's pretty easy to solve if you pay attention to the details of when it's stopped and started, not to mention the volume that the musos have it at.