Chicago, IL (February 3, 2006)–Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation has introduced its 3D Active Ambient in-ear monitor (IEM) system. The 3D Active Ambient is reportedly the first IEM system to add full-range, natural ambient sound to the mix.
Sensaphonics’ 3D Active Ambient systemBy embedding a highly sensitive, precision-equalized microphone within each custom-molded, soft gel silicone earpiece, Sensaphonics engineers have succeeded in adding the actual ambient soundfield, at unity gain and with accurate directional cues, into the monitor mix.
The ambient sound picked up at the ears is routed to the compact 3D bodypack, where it is combined with the artist’s monitor mix using Active Signal Processing (patent pending) for ultra-smooth frequency response and full-bandwidth dynamic range performance.
The bodypack supplied with the 3D Active Ambient acts as both preamplifier and mixer, providing the user with full control of the ambient input level through two operating modes, easily selected at the flip of a switch. In Performance Mode, the in-ear mix is controlled normally, with ambient sound level set inside the bodypack to the user’s choice of levels (anywhere from “full” to “off”). In Full Ambient Mode, the onstage sound is presented at unity gain–the equivalent of removing the earpieces from one’s ears–while monitor levels are dynamically reduced to permit conversation.
Like all Sensaphonics IEM products, the 3D Active Ambient is based around soft-gel silicone custom earpieces. Using an all-new hybrid driver, the 3D earpiece actually outperforms Sensaphonics’ 2X-S model while using just a single driver. A dual-driver version offers even greater headroom along with greater bass response. Sensaphonics’ custom-fit gel silicone earpieces provide comfort and fit, allowing artists to monitor at safer levels. The bodypack and earpieces are connected via a field-replaceable cable.
“For years, we’ve seen performers taking off one, or both, of their ear monitors because they couldn’t hear their full environment,” noted Sensaphonics president and CEO Michael Santucci. “The 3D Active Ambient solves that problem by adding natural ambient sound to the monitor mix in a controlled way, so musicians can finally hear everything they want to hear.”