Sensaphonics solution for MBV engineer
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
philipharveymbvPhilip Harvey took delivery of his custom 3D AARO during My Bloody Valentine’s recent Chicago dates
USA - My Bloody Valentine has a well-earned reputation as one of the loudest bands on the road. Faced with the problem of how to mix at the group’s excessive levels without doing long-term damage to his own hearing, FOH engineer Philip J. Harvey found a solution: Sensaphonics 3D AARO in-ears with Active Ambient technology.
“The fans get free earplugs with their tickets, but I’m out there every night and definitely at risk,” notes the Amsterdam-based engineer. “I’ve tried everything, including regular IEMs and custom earplugs, but the 3D system is really the only thing that lets me do my job effectively. It’s basically replaced my headphones out at FOH.”
My Bloody Valentine shows hit 110 dB and can sometimes exceed 120 dBA SPL towards the end of the show. “It’s sort of a trademark for the band, and definitely part of my job description,” says Harvey. “When I started with them, (band leader) Kevin Shields was very clear on his expectations. So basically, I have to work in a punishingly loud environment, day in and day out. To conserve my hearing, I had to do something.”
Having known Dr. Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics from his work with other artists, Philip Harvey was familiar with 3D Active Ambient, which uses embedded microphones to enable the user to control the blend of ambient and direct sound, while providing superb broadband isolation with custom silicone earpieces. The system is also available with universal-fit IEMs (3D-U AARO).
Philip Harvey took delivery of his custom 3D AARO during My Bloody Valentine’s Chicago dates this past summer. “I’m so glad I did it that way, because I had a little fit issue, and Claudia from Sensaphonics took care of it immediately,” he notes. “She was amazing. When I got them the next day, they were perfect, like taking the fit from usable, to comfortable, to desirable. Great customer service.”
(Jim Evans)

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