Joe Tessone has joined Sensaphonics as the company’s new audio engineering consultant, a.k.a., the new “Sensaphonics Sound Guy,” where he will advise customers on the implementation of in-ear monitoring, handling questions ranging from the basic to the highly technical, helping ensure a positive IEM experience.
Joe Tessone, 27, is a 2007 graduate of the Audio Arts and Acoustics program at Columbia College Chicago, with specialties in Audio Design and Production.
In addition to his duties at Sensaphonics, he owns a commercial studio, Mystery Street Recording Company, and is the Audio Archivist at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
He is also a performing musician, most recently as singer/songwriter for the eclectic punk band Behold!, and as banjo/ukulele player for an Americana music group, the Rust Belt Ramblers.
Tessone is also passionate about occupational health risks and workers’ rights, which is a perfect fit with Sensaphonics’ focus on hearing conservation as an industry-wide issue among both engineers and musicians.
“I’m a big believer in healthy hearing. Our ears are the most important tools we have. Just as it would be crazy for a welder to work without eye protection, it is just as dangerous for us in the music industry to work without protecting our ears,” he says. “I own two pair of custom Musicians Earplugs, the ER-15, and always have one with me.”
Sensaphonics president Michael Santucci states, “Having a sound engineer on staff is a big help to our customers, and Joe Tessone really stood out as the obvious choice. Being a performing musician with strong engineering skills and customer focus means that Joe has the breadth of knowledge and perspective required for the role of Sound Guy.”
Tessone views his new job as a natural next step in his personal development within the music industry. “Working with the industry leader in both in-ear technology and hearing conservation is a great opportunity,” he says. “One thing I learned at Columbia College is that all of us in the audio industry really need to support each other. Being the Sound Guy at Sensaphonics will allow me to share knowledge and solve problems for other musicians and engineers. I’m very happy to be here.”
Tessone is available to answer IEM questions via phone and email, /To contact him, go to www.sensaphonics.com and click on “Ask the Sound Guy.”