Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System Overview
One professional relationship that has been consistently strained throughout the years has been between a band and the engineer controlling their monitor mix. It seems like no matter how many shows I’ve played or how many I’ve been in the audience for, I have always seen the classic point to a microphone, guitar, or monitor with a thumbs up to signal a lack of volume. The drummer will point his stick to the singer and then point it up and then make a stink face about how the mix is still inadequate. Often times the monitor mix is just fine during soundcheck and then once bodies are packed into the venue and the band gets that sudden adrenaline rush, that mix is going to be very different than what was initially dialed in. Unfortunately the brunt of the complaining falls on the shoulders of the engineer who cannot hear the same thing a band member does. Instead of chastizing and berating an engineer from night to night, it might be time to find a better solution.
That solution is a system which allows each individual on stage to control the levels of every channel they need in their own monitor mix. That is the idea behind the Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System. Founded in 2002, Aviom has been at the forefront of personal monitor mixing solutions with the help of their proprietary technology A-Net which is a high quality analog to digital audio conversion. That digital signal is carried over CAT 5 which has become a standard amongst many venues and touring artists utilizing digital consoles and digital audio snakes. Mark Meding from Aviom stopped by our offices to show off the complete personal monitor mixing line from Aviom. The overview will show how simple the system is to get setup for control of individual monitor mixes.
The AN-16/i 16-Channel Input Module takes audio from the console and converts it from analog to digital using the A-Net Bus. From there take your CAT 5 cable and you will run that back to the stage where you can either go directly into a distribution hub or directly into a mixer. It will receive 16 individual channels and that can come from direct outs, auxiliary outs, or whatever the console has available to it to get from the console into Aviom’s AN-16/i. You have individual ¼ inches with thrus to be able to do any kind of patching. The way you inserted your channels on the AN-16i will be how they’re going to show up on the A-16 II and the A-16R. If you’re utilizing an analog console or any console that does not have a digital inteface, you will need to incorporate an AN-16/i to get the system up and running properly.
The A-16D Pro 8-Port Rackmount A-Net Audio Distributor will reduce cable clutter on stage by providing signal and power to your A-16 II and your A-16R. The distribution hub is an accessory item. Its not needed to make the A-16 II function, but it is a great little piece to eliminate a lot wires on the stage. If you utilize the distribution hub, you come from your front of house console, and run a CAT 5 cable to have 16 channels of audio on A-Net at each of the 8 ports. Not only can you distribute 8 different lines of CAT 5 to each mixer, but the A-16 D Pro can also provide power. In the event that you do not want to use or spend money on the A-16D Pro, you could come directly from the AN-16/i right into the back of the A-16 II. The only difference there would be you would need to have a wall wart powered somewhere locally at each mixer.
The A-16 II Personal Monitor Mixer allows for complete control over the mix of 16 channels of audio without affecting the mix of others onstage.
The way the audio channels are connected into the AN-16/i is how they’re going to show up on the A-16 II. You have 16 channels of audio that you can individually mix on your own by selecting the corresponding buttons and turning them up. This device can be mounted to a mic stand or placed close to you. You can utilize headphones, a powered wedge, or in-ear wireless systems. So no matter how you are listening to the system you can control your mix and your mix only and have no affect on any one else on stage.
Lets say you have a setup on stage where your bass and rhtyhmn guitar might be on the right side and your lead guitarist and vocalist are on your left side, you have the ability to pan those channels accordingly to have the stage setup reflect what you are hearing in your monitor mix. This is especially effective for performers that utilize in ear monitors. You also have knobs for “global” funciton meaning that you can turn up the master volume of all the tracks. There are also knobs for adjusting EQ with a bass and treble knob. Again these controls can affect each individual channel or they can be used to control the master mix. The recall button is used after you have saved some form of a mix. So if you have a particular mix that works with a specific song, you can call up that preset within your monitor mix. As long as you didnt make any saves along the way, you can use the recall button to pull up your original mix.
The grouping button allows you to place separate audio channels together so you can pull their volume or direct their mix simultaneously. Lets say you want to keep your drum and bass in the same group, use the grouping button to link them and adjust your mix accordingly. You also have buttons for both soloing and muting a particular channel.
A-16R & A-16CS
The A-16R is a rack mount version of the A-16II and the A-16CS is a control surface that will control the A-16R. The advantages of this device is for those that use wireless in ear monitor systems. It would live back in the rack with your transmitters and the A-16CS would be the control surface for the A-16R. The A-16R has a lot more going on in the back than the A-16 II. You have left right XLR outputs, and this would be the output that would go into your transmitter and feed your receiver for your in ear monitors. You have a left right return, a send, you have a mix in if you wanted to bring in some form of click track or backing track. You also have a MIDI in, out, and thru, and your A-Net in and A-Net out if you wanted to daisy chain these. The A-16R can be powered by the A-16 Pro or it can be powered on its own with a wall wart power source. You can also put the rack onstage to control the monitor mix.
With the Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System you can take control of your monitor mix for swift changes on the fly to make pantomime communication with your stage engineer a thing of the past. Its this ease of use and total control that makes the system useful for all types of performers from bands in venues to performers in theaters and houses of worship.
If you have any questions about the Aviom Personal Monitor Mixing System, personal testimony of the Aviom system, or to share your own monitor mix horror stories, let us know in the comments section below.
This is Mark Meding from Aviom here at uniquesquared.com. While a lot of users by initially be confused by the concept of personal mixing, Aviom’s Pro 16 personal mixing system is an easy and affordable means of improving on stage mixes and speeding up sound checks. Whether you are in a house of worship, on stage in venues and theaters, in an orchestra pit, on a stage or in a studio, Aviom personal mixers give precise independent control over individual monitor mixes.
The AN 16/i is a device that will take your analogue audio in your console and convert it to digital onto the A- net bus. Analogue audio comes in here, it gets converted to digital over here, now you run your cat 5 cable back to the stage. And however you inserted the channels here is ultimately how they are going to show up on the A-16 II and ultimately even the A-16R.
The A-16D Pro will enable you to reduce cable clutter on stage, it will provide signal and power to your A-16 II and your A-16 R. If you utilize the distribution hub, so you come from your console your front of house and you run a cat 5 cable directly into this port here, you now have 16 channels of audio on A-net at each of these 8 ports. You could come directly from the AN-16/i right into the back of A-16 II the only difference would be you would need to have power locally at each mixer.
The A-16 II is a personal monitor mixing system. Once the audio channels are set into the An-16/i that’s how they are going to show up here. These buttons here represent each individual channel so these can be set up any way you like. This knob here represents an individual volume control per channel. It’s literally as easy as I want to hear more of the lead singer, I push this button and I turn this knob up. You have the ability to pan channels individually as you see fit. If I just wanted to bring the whole mixer up, I can just grab the master volume control here, I could turn it down or whatever I want to do. If you need a little more kick for the whole mixer itself you can turn this knob up and down. Same thing with treble. You can also create a preset and you’re in that particular preset but you’re making changes here, you’re turning things up you’re panning whatever, and in the middle of all that you realize, man I don’t like the way this sounds I want to go back to the way it was, you go recall 1 and it will bring you back to where you originally started. These two buttons here represent soloing a channel and even muting a channel. Maybe you want to take your bass and drum and you want to be able to pull them up altogether without individually hitting channels. All you do there is you hit this button and you double tap the channels that you want. Now if I go to any of these channels I go here and those channels are now grouped together and I can do whatever I want to do with them and I can pull them up or pull them down.
The A-16 R is a rack mount version of the A-16 II. The A-16CS is a control surface for the A-16R. You have left right outs, XLR outputs, which this would be the output that would go ultimately in your transmitter. You have a return here for a left right return. You have a send, you have a mix in, you also have a midi in, a midi out, and a midi thru, and again here’s your A-net in and your A-net out if you want to daisy chain these.
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