Chicago, IL (August 20, 2007)--Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith not only makes six-strings, he plays 'em, too, and in recent times, when he's jamming with his band, the luthier has been using the 3D Active Ambient IEM System from Sensaphonics.
"Essentially, it's a personal monitor system with microphones attached," said Smith. "The 3D lets me hear everything acoustically, just as I would without earphones. The only difference is, now you can control the volume coming from the stage and add in any amount of monitor mix. They're an excellent way of protecting your hearing while still having a natural feel for the crowd and the amps, which is really important for guitarists. The 3D lets me play live night after night without my ears ringing, as with normal floor monitors."
The Sensaphonics 3D Active Ambient is reportedly the only personal monitor system with microphones embedded in the earphones. The audio from the mics is combined with the in-ear mix in the 3D bodypack, then sent to the earphones. The custom-fit 3D earphones reportedly provide up to 37 dB of isolation.
"I specifically use the 3D as hearing protection," said Smith. "It can be 125 dB on stage, but I'm listening to 95 dB of full-range, beautiful-sounding audio, with or without a monitor mix."
Sensaphonics president Michael Santucci commented, "It's very cool to have a guy like Paul Reed Smith adopt the 3D. He knows the issues that guitarists have with using conventional in-ear systems, so it's very gratifying to hear how the 3D helps him hear what he wants to on stage."
Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc.