Los Angeles, CA (July 27, 2004)–For the first time since its recent release, the Aviom16/o-Y1 A-Net Output Card was put through its professional paces at the Democratic National Committee fundraising event held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Front of house sound engineer Stan Miller and monitor engineer Bernie Becker mixed the audio for their client, Neil Diamond, at the live event.
“I have been involved with Yamaha from the first days they started working in mixing consoles, which ultimately led me to working with the Aviom gear for the stage monitoring system,” said Miller, who has worked with Neil Diamond for 38 years. “The Aviom16/o-Y1 card works wonderfully with the Yamaha digital consoles. Everything plugs together easily and it is very reliable. We wanted to be able to program the monitor mixes in rehearsal, take it to the hall, plug it in and do the show. And that’s exactly what we did. The Aviom system worked flawlessly.”
The Aviom16/o-Y1output card was specifically designed to plug into an expansion slot in the rear of Yamaha’s digital consoles, including the DM1000 and DM2000, which were used at the show. The Y1 takes the digital audio data stream produced by Yamaha consoles and converts it into Aviom’s proprietary A-Net protocol for distribution via Cat-5 cable directly to the stage. The signal is then sent to Aviom’s Personal Monitor Mixers. No analog input device is required.
“The Walt Disney Concert Hall was originally designed for live symphonic orchestral-type performances and the room is truly amazing sounding,” continued Miller. “However, once you introduce reinforcement into the room, you have to be very careful with house and monitor levels, since it is very easy to overpower the room. The Aviom system gave us the option to use in-ear monitoring for all of Neil Diamond Band, eliminating floor and side stage monitoring. The Aviom system made this complex mixing job easy and more pleasing to the artists, as well as the audience. Less acoustic sound from the stage, translates to a more controlled sound in the audience.”
For Neil Diamond’s part of the performance at the Democratic National Committee concert, the only acoustic instruments on stage were the drums. All other instruments and vocals went directly into the consoles for the house mix and in-ear monitor systems. The Aviom system streamlined the entire stage monitor mix by allowing each artist to set his or her own mix on stage. Because of the Aviom system, the monitor mix engineer didn’t have to guess what was going to work in someone’s ear by allowing the artist to emphasize the particular instruments or vocals to taste.
“Using the Aviom gear allowed us to keep the monitoring system under control,” stated Miller. “We can store all the settings in rehearsal and virtually take the system to any venue and the monitor mixes will be perfect. Additionally, the artist can update their particular mix during the performance if need be. The Aviom system is the perfect match for the Yamaha consoles and is a boon for live audio in general.”
Carl Bader, president and CEO of Aviom, commented, “We were very excited to use the AVIOM 16/o-Y1 for this prestigious event. As musicians allow their front of house engineers to be more creative, the use of the Y1 card frees the engineers from tedious monitor mixing situations. This gives them more freedom to experiment with the house mix. We believe the industry will use this system as a creative tool for live performance.”