Believe it or not, few musicians' in-ear reference monitors are tuned to emphasize voice; singers might have to compete for attention with wailing guitars and drums inside their own heads. Rather than risk artists shouting themselves hoarse, Ultimate Ears has launched its Vocal Reference Monitors. Separate versions for men and women focus on their typical vocal ranges and narrow the frequency range to between 90Hz and 8kHz, cutting out the more extreme sounds of instruments in the mix. The $999 price rules out the Vocal line for most garage bands -- it might, however, be perfect for pros whose screaming isn't part of the act.
Logitech Introduces First In-Ear Monitor Custom Tuned for Vocalists
The New Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors are Designed to Deliver the Vocal Response Singers Need
NEWARK, Calif. - Jan. 23, 2013 - Today at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the first custom in-ear monitors engineered specifically for vocalists – the Ultimate Ears™ Vocal Reference Monitors. This new monitor is the first-ever custom in-ear monitor that focuses only on the vocal spectrum.
The Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors have been designed with two different sound signatures to accommodate male and female voice frequencies. These unique signatures allow singers to concentrate only on what they need to hear.
"Most concert attendees don't realize just how loud it is on stage," said Philippe Depallens, vice president and general manager of the Ultimate Ears custom line of products. "Often, singers exhaust their voices in an effort just to hear themselves above the instruments and amplifiers. It puts a tremendous strain on their voice."
The Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors address this problem in two ways. First, they act as an earplug and reduce overall stage volume by up to 26 decibels through passive noise cancellation. This brings the sound pressure levels down so that vocalists can hear their own voice more clearly. Second, instead of hearing a full frequency mix like most other monitors, the three balanced armatures in each ear are engineered to emphasize the general voice band, with frequency response between 90Hz - 8kHz, so that singers can hear what's most important to their performance.
Additionally, the Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors will be equipped with RewardTag. If your Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors are lost or stolen, whoever finds your device can return it through RewardTag, and Ultimate Ears will give the individual a reward for their safe return.
Pricing and Availability
Both versions of the Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors are available directly through Ultimate Ears or through any authorized dealer. The retail price is $999.00. For more information please visit www.ultimateears.com.