Sensaphonics now offers a
Record Out modification for
the 3D Active Ambient system
through its new Custom Shop.
New York (September 30, 2009)–Sensaphonics has announced the opening of its Custom Shop, headed by sound engineering consultant Thom “Sound Guy” Fiegle.
he Sensaphonics Custom Shop offers modifications to the 3D Active Ambient IEM System, reportedly the only custom in-ear system with embedded microphones to allow musicians to hear – and control the level of – the sounds around them with both earphones in place. The new Custom Shop mods, hand-wired on the 3D mixer-amplifier’s circuit board, extend this functionality even further. Available options include a Record Output, the 3D-RO, and a special modification for users with unilateral hearing loss, the 3D-CROS.
“The idea for the Custom Shop began with user requests,” notes Sensaphonics President Michael Santucci, Au.D. “Both these modifications were created to meet specific needs. The 3D-CROS is a unique application of a specific audiology solution, while the Record Out option involved a request from a front of house engineer who wanted to capture exactly what he was hearing. Now that we’ve developed the circuit board modifications required, we’re offering these options to all our customers.”
The Record Out option provides a stereo mini-jack output being added to the circuit board, allowing users to record the binaural audio picked up by the system’s embedded ambient earphone microphones. A Return input is also provided to monitor the recording process. Using an outboard recording device, the 3D user can then record the precise audio experience they are hearing for later enjoyment. The 3D-RO option is ideal for sound engineers who want to capture their live mix as heard from the mix position, and for “tapeheads” wishing to capture their personal live concert experience exactly as heard at the ears.
The second option offered by Sensaphonics Custom Shop is the 3D-CROS, which brings the 3D ambient listening option to users with unilateral hearing loss. “CROS” is an audiology acronym that stands for “Contra-lateral Routing Of Signal,” a technique used for patients who are deaf in one ear. In the 3D-CROS, the ambient audio picked up by the two embedded earphone mics is all routed to the good ear, providing the full ambient listening experience.