Infrared spectra of the protonated monomers of glycine, alanine, valine, and leucine methyl esters are presented. These protonated species are generated in the gas phase via matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) within the cell of a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance spectrometer (FTICR) where they are subsequently mass selected as the only species trapped in the FTICR cell. Alternatively, they have also been generated by electrospray ionization and transferred to a Paul ion-trap mass spectrometer where they are similarly isolated. In both cases IR spectra are then derived from the frequency dependence of the infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) in the mid-infrared region (1000-2200 cm(-1)), using the free electron laser facility Centre de Laser Infrarouge d'Orsay (CLIO). IR bands are assigned by comparison with the calculated vibrational spectra of the lowest energy isomers using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. There is in general good agreement between experimental IRMPD spectra and calculated IR absorption spectra for the lowest energy conformer which provides evidence for conformational preferences. The two different approaches to ion generation and trapping yield IRMPD spectra that are in excellent agreement.