November 8, 2012

Review & Video: V-Moda Faders VIP Tuned Earplugs

Earplugs are hardly ever used at the club.  Odds are you’ll find more musicians and DJs using earplugs to block music instead.  Understandably, it’s more difficult to cue with a cueing source that doesn’t stick to your head when not in use.  It’s much easier to rest your headphone cups around your neck and even up the volume, as if they were monitors instead.  There is nothing wrong with this strategy, except the need for unreasonably loud music to be pumped through your mixer’s amp and your headphones’ drivers.  At the end of the night, you equipment has already heated up and you’re left with temporary deafness on one side of your head.

Sound isolating earbuds or earphones like the Shure SE215 have always been around as a “safer” alternative to traditional cueing.  Since the ears are essentially “plugged” it eliminates the need for a high SPL output, and monitoring can be done more precisely.  V-Moda has introduced the Faders VIP Tuned Earplugs in hopes that the philosophy of cueing in this manner might catch on.  They’re very inexpensive and probably not suitable for studio use, but come with a variety of different plug sizes, and can also be disassembled when not in use.  Best of all, you will spare your ears from the loud music that could cause permanent damage down the road.