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ASI Audio x Sensaphonics Announces 3DME and Smartphone App

FOH Staff • New Gear • January 15, 2020

The new pro audio company, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, announced the 3DME in-ear monitoring system. The 3D Music Enhancement system combines universal-fit Active Ambient IEMs with a sub-compact bodypack mixer and smartphone app with EQ and limiter, letting musicians create a personalized monitoring experience.

More details from ASI Audio x Sensaphonics (www.asiaudio.com):

3DME makes its public debut at the upcoming NAMM Show, January 16-19, 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

3DME stands for three-dimensional music enhancement, a revolutionary approach to in-ears that truly takes stage monitoring to a new level of sophistication and user control. It starts with ASI’s all-new universal-fit Active Ambient earphones with an embedded binaural microphone system to capture room sound while keeping the ears isolated. The IEMs connect to the sub-compact 3DME mixer, where the ambient audio is added to the monitor mix. But the real key to Music Enhancement is the intuitive ASI Audio app, which is used to set both the limiter and equalization of the audio to the user’s personal preference.

The ASI Audio app lets the user set up their personal sound signature during rehearsal or sound check, using their phone or tablet. The app controls 7 bands of EQ, and also controls the threshold setting for system’s limiter, putting hearing health directly into the user’s hands. Both EQ and limiting can be set in stereo, or with separate settings for the left and right earpieces. The app also offers one-touch access to the Audio Seal Test to help ensure a perfect fit, and allows the user to save a virtually unlimited number of User Presets for later recall. This is ideal for recalling preferred 3DME settings for various scenarios, such as playing in multiple bands or returning to a previous venue.

The 3DME bodypack mixer is a USB-rechargeable device that makes it easy and intuitive to add stage ambience to the monitor feed. The monitor source device is connected, with its level set normally (at the source), then stage ambience is added using the mixer’s convenient up/down switches. The system can also be used without a monitor mix, acting as customizable high fidelity hearing protection with level control. This makes 3DME perfect for orchestral musicians, especially as hearing protection for those seated near very loud instrument sections or who wish to customize the sound signature they are hearing, which can actually improve performance.

3DME uses dual-driver Active Ambient IEMs, which do much more than simply delivering audio to the ears. Each universal-fit earpiece contains an embedded MEMS microphone to capture natural stage sound – distortion-free up to 135 dB – with accurate 3D directionality. This binaural audio is sent to the bodypack, where it is added to the monitor mix at whatever level the artist prefers. This means the artist can hear their surroundings exactly as they prefer, yet with both earpieces safely in place.

“As an advocate for hearing wellness in the pro audio and music communities, I’m very excited to see this next-generation implementation of the Active Ambient technology we patented at Sensaphonics,” says Dr. Michael Santucci, co-founder of ASI Audio. “Our goal was to disrupt the in-ear market by adding important new features and functions while bringing the price way down. 3DME does all of that.”

ASI Audio, Inc. is a joint venture between Sensaphonics, inventors of Active Ambient™ IEM technology, and Think-A-Move Ltd., a developer of speech recognition and headset products for a range of high-noise applications including first responders as well as NCAA, MGM Resorts and many other enterprise solutions.3DME is the new firm’s first product.

“Creating this new product has been an amazing journey,” notes ASI Audio co-founder Jim Harris. “By combining Sensaphonics’ knowledge of the pro touring market and hearing health with Think-A-Move’s abilities in manufacturing and app creation, we have created a product that previously would have required a stack of outboard gear and thousands of dollars. We’re very excited to bring 3DME to market at NAMM.”

With an MSRP of only $699, 3DME brings the same Active Ambient technology used by major touring artists within reach of all serious musicians. For a limited time, each 3DME system will ship with a free tablet computer, pre-loaded with the ASI Audio Android app. Dealer inquiries are welcome.

ASI AUDIO x Sensaphonics will unveil 3DME at NAMM 2020 NAMM, beginning with Media Preview Day on Wednesday, January 15. Throughout the show, there will be hands-on, ears-in demos at ASI Audio, Booth #15212 in Hall A.

3DME Music Enhancement is set to begin shipping on February 1, 2020.

 

 

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