- What does a singer hear in their earpiece?
- What do recording artists hear in their headphones?
- What do singers hear when recording?
Originally Answered: What does a live performer hear in his/her earpiece on stage? Typically it’s a monitor mix, personalized for the individual performer. i.e. the volume of the individual instruments and vocals are adjusted to each person’s preference.
That’s why musicians wear headphones in order to hear a click track so that everyone involved stays within the beat. A click track is basically a metronome-like beat that serves as audio cues, which helps vocalists and mucisians synchronize their performances and stay in meter.
Musicians wear headphones when recording to prevent ‘bleed’ and to allow the artist to communicate with the producer & engineer (who are usually in a separate room). Headphones also allow musicians to listen to a metronome, set their own levels and hear playback with an extra layer of production.