The "Hear it All" promotion provides hearing tests, ear impressions and fittings with all 3D Active Ambient IEM purchases.

Chicago, IL (February 29, 2008) – In September, we examined a problem that all musicians face in some way or another -- hearing issues. In the article, "The Sound of Silence," we addressed different options for hearing conservation, one of which is in-ear monitors. If you''ve been considering trying the technology for the first time but haven''t yet pulled the trigger, now may be the time.

Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, manufacturer of the only active ambient in-ear monitoring system, has announced the first promotional program in the company’s history. In anticipation of the coming tour season, the Sensaphonics “Hear It All” promotion provides purchasers of the 3D Active Ambient IEM system with free ear impressions, plus a hearing test and fitting. The program runs through April 30, 2008.

“Obviously, we’re promoting the 3D Active Ambient, which is truly a unique product” notes company president Michael Santucci, a practicing audiologist. “But more importantly, we want to encourage all musicians and engineers to get their hearing checked. Too many musicians buying custom earphones just run out and get impressions made.”

“There are plenty of hearing professionals who will gladly shoot goop in your ears,” Santucci continues. “That’s fine, but it’s really just a starting point. The ‘Hear It All’ program makes it easy to take that process to the next level.” With a hearing test providing baseline information on state of a musician’s hearing, it becomes a simple matter to track changes over time. A fitting session for custom earphones ensures that the customer has a good fit and is confident inserting the earphones.

The 3D Active Ambient is a custom earphone system with an embedded binaural microphone system to allows musicians to add natural stage ambience to their in-ear mix with a compact bodypack mixer. Artists who use the 3D include Brooks & Dunn, R. Kelly, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and drummer Dennis Chambers. Two versions are available: the 3DAA, for use with conventional wireless IEMs systems, and the 3DHW, a standalone hardwired system. Both are offered with either single-driver or dual-driver earphones.

“When I started this company in 1985, it was to help preserve the sense of hearing in musicians,” notes Santucci, “and that remains our entire focus. I think it’s safe to say that

For more information, visit

The PGV expands the capabilities of traditional vocoders by analysis of the guitar signal that controls the voice synthesis.

Read MoreShow less

Matt Bellamy designs his own signature Manson Guitar Works instruments and took ownership of the company when Hugh Manson retired in 2019.

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Muse returns to self-producing on Will of the People, an album teeming with formidable anthems that navigate themes of fear, politics, dystopia, compliance, corruption, and other topics concerning the world order.

Decked out in black ninja-like uniforms with mosaic mirrored masks obscuring their faces, Muse opens their current shows with the powerful, sing-along chant of “Will of the People,” the anthemic title track off their latest album. From that song’s infectious shuffle until the very end of the concert’s encore, people are jumping out of their seats, and appear to be completely mesmerized.

Read MoreShow less

Nicole Atkins and PG editors share favorite memories from the last concert they attended. Plus, current obsessions!

Read MoreShow less