3DME IEM system launched at NAMM
Thursday, 16 January 2020
3DME is set to begin shipping next month
USA - Newly-launched pro audio company ASI Audio x Sensaphonics has introduced 3DME in-ear monitoring system. The 3D Music Enhancement system combines all-new universal-fit Active Ambient IEMs with a sub-compact bodypack mixer and smartphone app with EQ and limiter, allowing musicians to create “a truly personalized monitoring experience”. 3DME makes its NAMM this week.
3DME stands for ‘three-dimensional music enhancement’, a new approach to in-ears. 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, says the company.
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 seven 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 good fit, and allows the user to save a virtually unlimited number of User Presets for later recall. This is useful 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.
“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,” explains 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 is a joint venture between Sensaphonics, inventors of Active Ambient IEM technology, and Think-A-Move, 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.
(Jim Evans)

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