Adrian Belew (right) at Summer NAMM with Sensaphonics president Dr. Michael Santucci.
Nashville, TN (July 27, 2011)–At Summer NAMM, guitarist/composer Adrian Belew ordered a 3D Active Ambient IEM System from Sensaphonics.
The patent-pending 3D is the only in-ear monitoring system Recent purchasers run the gamut of musical styles from hip-hop and rock to country and folk.
Other recent (non-NAMM) purchasers include rap/hip-hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z, singer-songwriters Ray LaMontagne and Colbie Caillat, and actor-musician Jeff Bridges. Also, all four singers in Under The Streetlamp, a touring rock’n’roll/doo-wop group; and four performers at The Red Piano, the famed dueling piano bar in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, also use the system, which incorporates binaural ambient microphones within custom-fit, soft-gel silicone earphones.
Drummer Jim Keltner uses his 3D both on stage and in the studio, while another recent purchaser, guitarist Justin Young, uses his in Colbie Caillat’s touring band. Because the 3D’s ambient microphones are located at the ear, ambient stage sound is heard from the performer’s point of view, retaining localization. The ambient stage sound is sent to a compact bodypack mixer, where the artist can add as much or as little ambient sound to the mix as desired. In Full Ambient mode, the artist hears the ambience at natural volume (unity gain), which allows audience interaction and conversations between songs with the 3D earphones in place.
“We’ve seen a definite trend toward the 3D for the 2011 touring season,” reports Sensaphonics president Dr. Michael Santucci. “Obviously, we’re thrilled to see more artists of this caliber making the move to active ambient in-ears. When you add in other 3D customers like Steven Tyler, Dave Matthews and Leon Russell, it’s clear that the word is getting around.”