Sensaphonics now offers a record out modification for the 3-D Active Ambient system through its new Custom Shop.
The Custom Shop, headed by sound engineering consultant Thom “Sound Guy” Fiegle, offers modifications to the 3-D Active Ambient™ IEM system, a custom in-ear system with embedded microphones to allow musicians to hear and control the level of the sounds around them with both earphones in place. The new Custom Shop mods, hand-wired on the 3D mixer/amplifier’s circuit board, extend this functionality further. Available options include a record output, the 3D-RO and a special modification for users with unilateral hearing loss, the 3D-CROS.
The record out option provides a stereo mini-jack output being added to the circuit board, allowing users to record the binaural audio picked up by the system’s embedded ambient earphone microphones. A return input is also provided to monitor the recording process. Using an outboard recording device, the 3-D user can then record the audio experience they are hearing for later use. The 3D-RO option is geared for sound engineers who want to capture their live mix as heard from the mix position, and for “tapeheads” wishing to capture their personal live concert experience exactly as heard at the ears.
The 3D-CROS brings the 3-D ambient listening option to users with unilateral hearing loss. “CROS” is an audiology acronym that stands for “Contra-lateral Routing Of Signal,” a technique used for patients who are deaf in one ear. In the 3D-CROS, the ambient audio picked up by the two embedded earphone mics is routed to the good ear, providing the full ambient listening experience.