May 14, 2013

Aviom Monitoring System at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church

The second video in our series showcasing practical applications of the Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System takes us to Decatur, Georgia and the beautiful Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church. Amandla Lassiter (a.k.a. Dole) is the chief audio engineer for the church and was kind enough to walk us through how he integrates the Aviom system into his work flow. Dole goes over the highlights of this integration in the video above, but it’s worth discussing more specifically how he, and his five piece band, utilize the Aviom system.

Each member of the band has their own Aviom A-16 II Personal Mixer so they can control each individual channel they want to monitor. As Dole notes in the video, the things they want adjusted in terms of EQ are done during sound check. Once that is to the bands liking, it’s just a matter of them mixing themselves in terms of what they want to hear in the mix.

The Aviom system connects to other units via CAT-5 which is advantageous to a venue, but even more so in a house of worship where you want to have the cabling look as clean as possible to the congregation in attendance. On the stage, Dole has installed the Aviom A-16 D Pro for the distribution of all of the bands A-16 II Personal Mixers. He has also installed an Aviom AN-16i/M – 16-Channel Mic/Line Personal Monitor Input Module which carries a number of benefits. One in particular that Dole points out is the ability to add gain to the channels housed within the A-16 II. This is important for band members that need a boost in volume and works very well in a house of worship setting, where there are multiple sources of sound that can interfere with the band’s monitor mix.

The A-16 D distributes signal to the A-16 II and the AN-16i/M gives gain control.

The A-16 D distributes signal to the A-16 II and the AN-16i/M gives gain control.

One interesting addition that’s worth noting is the inclusion of an Akai MPC in place of a click track or metronome. The MPC has grooves set up to play along to which gets pumped into the band’s monitor mixes, as well as the front of house sound. The bass player controls the groove and can turn it on and off, or switch the groove seamlessly with the touch of a button. This is obviously great for a drummer who does not have to play to a monotonous click, but it’s also great for the entire band to be able to lock into a groove. Each band member can control how much of this they want to hear in their personal monitor mix with the Aviom system. So if the guitar player or keyboard player wants to stay locked into the drummer’s groove instead of the MPC groove, it’s as simple as selecting the MPC channel and taking out the volume.

The Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing has some obvious benefits for on stage musicians, but as Dole points out it’s also incredibly useful for front of house sound engineers. It’s especially useful in a house of worship application where the musicians may not be able to communicate easily with the front of house engineer and even more so with the absence of a stage monitor sound technician. The onus of getting a solid mix for the band is taken off the shoulders of the FOH engineer so they can focus on the myriad of other acoustic attributes that require attention.

If you want to know more about the Aviom system be sure to visit the UniqueSquared website. For another practical application of the Aviom system, check out our video from the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.



Hello everybody. My name is Amandla Lassiter and my nickname is Dole, and I’m the audio director here at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. I use Aviom system for my band, which is five players. They all have their own personal monitor mixes and they can control the kick, the drums, the snare, the toms, the vocals, the pastor, the choir, the MPC, at any given time. And I am able to add three more stations if I wanted to. If I had a horn section I could add on to it, if I had a keyboard player I could add on to it. So I’m not locked into just five units. So if anyone wants to walk in and play, no problem.
Because I don’t have to concentrate mainly on the band, I can focus on the singers, I can focus on mixing for the crowd, the audience, the congregation. I don’t have to focus totally on different band members raising their hands, or someone can’t hear this, someone can’t hear that. When we do a soundcheck, what we do is we go through each individual channel on the Aviom. We make sure everything is there before service starts, and the guys, once everything is there, the guys just mix themselves and go from there.
With the console right here, mainly the system is setup where, I use the mic pre version of the Aviom system. So that way you can get a good gain structure. So sometimes some Aviom systems, people don’t like them as loud as others. With this one you can have it loud and that way you have no problem with hearing. As long as you have a good set of headphones, you’ll be able to hear with no problem.
The previous system had a drive line snake. I use some of the outs from the back of the console to feed the drive lines and the drive lines go directly into the mic pre station for the Aviom. I have a drum mix that has all the different toms in it, that’s just one mix. I have a mix that has the praise team singers. And I have a mix that has the pastor in it. So I feed those straight into the Aviom and they just tell me, band wise, what they want. They say, “well we want you to turn up tom 3 a little bit, turn the hi-hats down, or turn up the first two toms, turn everything else down, or fatten this tom up, fatten that tom up.” So that way I give them a more customized, personal, mix. So that way, once they turn up that one channel, everything else is kind of like, mixed already. So everything is kind of like there for them.
My name is Amandla Lassiter. I’m the chief engineer here at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church and we have an Aviom system. And you’re watching