Is it just a cool trend? It looks good on your head? Why do drummers wear headphones? It comes from a need to quiet down your stage environment and adjust sound exactly how you prefer. Headphones tend to kill a lot of background noise that comes from vocals, guitars, or a stage echo.
Not wearing a pair of headphones or in-ear monitors may cause that while on stage, you don’t hear your bass drum or toms loud enough. In the past musicians used on-stage speakers as monitors.
Same as the headphones and in-ear monitors, you can get a mix of instruments, but one thing is different. The speakers will not kill the environment noise and leave just the instruments you want.
With headphones, you can turn the volume up and down for any instrument you want. Now, when you know why drummers did make a switch, let’s go through the options you have when you decide to wear headphones.
- Classic headphones
- In-ear monitors
- Custom in-ear monitors
Before I dive into all three of these, I want to emphasize that you can’t use regular computer headphones for this purpose and let me tell you why.
When you listen to something on Youtube or just a regular mp3, the signal that gets to your headphones is clean and processed. Quite the opposite signal on stage is raw.
If this signal comes into your regular computer headphones not built for this purpose, it can damage them and the drivers. So the main difference is in the driver they use. Headphones for musicians have drivers built for the purpose of live performance.
Two factors that will influence your decision about which type of headphones for the drummers you will us is:
- Personal preference
- The budget
The price range for Classic headphones and commercials in-ears is from $60 up to 400$ and more. For custom in-ear monitors, prices go from $200 up to $2200 or even more depending on you preference. If you want 6 drivers in-ear covered with freaking diamonds, it may cost a lot.
We did and article about Best isolation headphones for drummers under $300, you can find a lot of useful info there.