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Theater Orchestras Hum With Help From Aviom

A-16 Personal Monitor Mixing System gives individual controls (June 24, 2004)

When theater sound engineers Aaron Beck and Mitch Tracey want to get the best sounding performance from their orchestra, they use Avioms Personal Monitor Mixing System. The A-16 allows the performer to create a custom monitor mix tailored to his/her individual needs. Designed for use in live performance or in the studio, the Personal Mixer gives each performer control over channel volume, grouping, pan, stereo spread and master volume.

A large, touring theatrical production requires an audio system in the orchestra pit that is easy to use, compact and reliable. Beck, who has been using the A-16 Personal Monitor Mixing System as a pit mix solution for over a year now, is a respected audio mixer with a long list of high-profile theater credentials. Some of the shows he has worked on include Jolson - The Musical, The Buddy Holly Story, Beauty and the Beast 2000 National Tour and The Lion King Cheetah National Tour.

?They have met and exceeded all of our expectations, says Beck. ?Our musicians have enjoyed the ease of use of the A-16. It is manageable, easy to program, very small, and perfect for a tour of any size. During the show, the sub-musicians never have to find the sound engineer to change the level of what they are hearing.

The Aviom system has saved musicians a tremendous amount of time and is exceptionally helpful for substitute musicians. The sub-musicians are able to have their own presets stored which they can load and play without worry.

?We use a basic reverb box to provide a little reverb on some of the drum channels, acoustic guitar, and a few other instruments, Beck continues. ?That way the musicians can just turn up the reverb on those channels and not affect the levels of the dry sound of the drums. This adds a little ambient sound to the players mix.

Signals for the musicians monitor system are derived from sub-groups on the monitor console. A typical shows channel layout for the monitor system includes drums, bass, guitar, three keyboards, orchestral percussion, a mix of the brass section, the string section, flute, left percussion, right percussion, a vocal send from the stage, click track, reverb left and right. Of course, space is at a premium in an orchestra pit packed with musicians and instruments.

?One of the features we really like is the size of the system, says Tracey. ?Since the Cat-5 cable is so small, our bundles to each section are much smaller. This allows us to pack everything into fewer boxes when we move from city to city.

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. Aviom's entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

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