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International Drum Celebration Relies On Aviom Monitoring

Provides gear for second annual International Drummers For Jesus Celebration (April 25, 2005)

Some of the music industrys top drummers converged on the Dallas area for the second annual International Drummers For Jesus Celebration. This years event was held at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX, and kicked off the celebrations with a concert showcasing internationally-renowned drummers and percussionists who were joined by many of Dallas leading musicians and vocalists. The drumming festival included performances by artists Alex Acuņa (Weather Report, U2 and Julio Iglesias), Richie Garcia (Diana Ross, Sting and Patti Labelle), Teddy Campbell (Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks, etc.), Russ Miller (Ray Charles, Toni Braxton and Nelly Furtado), John Blackwell Jr. (Prince), Sean McCurley (LeAnn Rymes, George Duke and Kurt Whalem) and many more.

Two Aviom monitoring systems were used on stage, for both the artists and band, with content generated from the churchs 56-input Soundcraft Series 5 Monitor console with a Mackie SR-24 monitor sidecar. The system used two Aviom AN-16/i Input Modules, sixteen A-16IIs and one A-16R rack-mounted Personal Mixer while three A-16D Pro A-Net Distributors were used for digital signal routing. Other gear provided for the festival included a Yamaha PM 4000 with a Yamaha GA32 sidecar and Shure mics and in-ear monitors (IEMs).

?The room, which seats over 5,000 when full, has a significant rear-wall slap, delayed approximately 250ms to 500ms, says Bob Singleton, president of Singleton Productions and audio supervisor and location audio recording engineer for the event. ?The rear wall forms a parabola, focused on the stage area. Because of the volume of this slap, it requires IEMs or loud monitor wedges to overcome the echo. Percussive sounds are particularly problematic. IEMs have proven to be the best solution to the rear wall slap problem. By using the Aviom gear with the IEMs, each performer is able to create and listen to their own personal mix.

The guest artists played at one of the four different drum kit locations set up across the front of the large stage. The band set up behind drummers included keyboards, an acoustic and electric bass player, two guitars, a horn section, percussion and an 8-person choir. Although the audio setup was similar to last years event, the engineers and artists notice a big difference due to the use of the Aviom gear. Last year, engineers had to manually reset the monitors from the aux sends after each guest artist performed. By using the Aviom gear this year, engineers saved the mixes at the rehearsal and simply recalled them as needed during the performance.

?An event like this really requires the use of the Aviom monitor system, says Sean McCurley. ?With multiple drum kits on top of a full rhythm section and choir, the need for a personal mix is vital. I found the Aviom system to be a great comfort in this scenario. We had a fantastic audio team that set up our mixes when we took our place to perform. This scenario is totally remedied with a little education on the product.

Drummers for Jesus is a world wide network of drummers and percussionists who use their drumming to spread the message of their faith. The organization was formed in Dallas, Texas in 2002 by Carlos Benson, a professional drummer and educator.

?The Drummers for Jesus Celebration is a monumental production, says Benson. ?There is no time for delays with sound equipment and the Aviom gear was there ensuring that there would be no delays. Everything worked great.

About Aviom
Aviom is the world's leading creator of A-Net compatible Distributed Audio Network products, which provide innovative solutions to problems found in audio systems in a variety of environments. Some of these include live sound reinforcement, audio recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcast facilities, post-production and commercial installations. The company's goal is to create revolutionary, technology-based products that address real-world needs and do it at breakthrough prices. Avioms entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

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