New ASI Audio x Sensaphonics system combines Active Ambient™ technology with app-controlled sound tools for Music Enhancement
(Chicago, IL – January 16, 2019) Sensaphonics, the technology leader in personal monitoring and hearing wellness, announces the introduction of the 3DME Music Enhancement IEM system. This new concept in monitoring also ushers in a new brand: ASI Audio x Sensaphonics. 3DME combines universal-fit ambient earphones and an all-new subcompact bodypack mixer with the powerful ASI Audio smartphone app. This unique approach to IEMs adds powerful sound sculpting tools to proven, patented Active Ambient™ technology to actually enhance the listening experience.
3DME uses isolating Active Ambient IEMs to bring user-controlled, directionally accurate stage sound into the mix with both earpieces in place. The rechargeable mixer combines the monitor mix and ambience, and includes a data port to enable the free ASI Audio app, which provides access to a suite of music enhancement tools via smartphone or tablet. Those tools include a 7-band stereo equalizer and limiter to allow musicians to literally design a personal sound signature, including the option of separate control of left and right channel adjustments. The app is also used to engage and set the threshold of the on-board limiter, and allows settings to be saved as presets for future recall.
This new approach to in-ear monitoring is the result of a joint venture between the music industry hearing health experts at Sensaphonics and Think-A-Move, with its expertise in manufacturing, app development and headsets for high-volume applications. Together, they have forged a new brand, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, and a unique flagship product, 3DME Music Enhancement.
“Our goal in combining forces was to create a next-generation version of our Active Ambient technology from the ground up,” says Sensaphonics President and ASI Audio Chairman, Dr. Michael Santucci. “3DME is designed for true music enhancement. It takes our concept of using outboard gear to compensate for common audio and hearing issues among musicians, and delivers it in an affordable, app-driven package that works for both amplified and acoustic music, on stage and off.”
All of the 3DME hardware is totally new. The universal-fit ambient earphones house a binaural mic system with reliable MEMS microphones to deliver ambient sound with natural sound quality and 3D directionality. Three sizes of Comply® ear tips are supplied to ensure a good fit, and Sensaphonics offers low-profile custom silicone tips as an option.
The new subcompact bodypack features up/down buttons for easy ambience level control and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The ASI Audio app accesses the EQ, limiter, and other tools in the bodypack. It also has the Sensaphonics Audio Seal Test on board to assure proper fit and maximum isolation. That connection is also used for battery charging, product registration, and future firmware updates.
3DME offers offstage music enhancement as well. Music from portable devices can be shaped via the EQ functions, while situational awareness from the ambient earphones makes it safer to listen while on the go. Similarly, orchestral musicians and concertgoers benefit as well, using 3DME as a variable-level, high fidelity earplug system with customized concert sound.
“By joining forces to create ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, we have reached the holy grail of in-ear monitoring with 3DME Music Enhancement,” notes ASI Audio CEO Jim Harris. “We’re very excited to introduce this new approach to monitoring, enhancing the music while enabling safe levels, both on stage and off.”
The 3DME Music Enhancement system is priced at $699 MSRP. Sensaphonics custom-fit soft silicone ear tips offer further enhancement for an additional $150. 3DME was unveiled to the music industry at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, and is shipping imminently.
Link: ASI Audio, Inc.