Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2009)–The premier of the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien also featured the debut of Aviom Pro16 Personal Mixers for Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band.
“Having the musicians mix themselves has allowed me to focus more on the production elements and cues. From a monitor engineer’s perspective, it’s the Holy Grail,” comments Dave Winslow, monitor engineer for the band since 2005, beginning with Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Because the 40-plus inputs of the band couldn’t be represented in only 16 stems, Winslow has configured a two-zone Aviom Pro16 system. On one system that is used for the rhythm section, there are stereo submixes of horns and vocals. On the other (for the horn players and vocalists), he has individual channels for each horn and vocal. This gives Winslow the flexibility to give the musicians the stems they need to control most.
The setup for the Tonight Show includes two AN-16/i analog input modules to interface the two separate Aviom Pro16 systems to the Yamaha PM1D console. Near the console, eight A-16R rack-mount mixers are daisy chained via Aviom’s A-Net digital audio protocol. A custom loom of Cat6 cable fans out to the monitor positions on the bandstand. Each band member has an Aviom A-16CS control surface that serves as a remote controller for his A-16R. With the control surface, each band member can customize his mix while playing. At each monitor position, a Rolls PM50 personal monitor amp has been mounted to power the IEMs. Weinberg and Vivino each wear a lavaliere mic, which they operate with a foot switch, to communicate with Winslow and the rest of the band.
Various music sources are being sent to the 32 channels of the two Aviom Pro16 systems running on set. Winslow has also created a stereo submix of production elements and talkback that connect to the stereo aux mix inputs on the rear panels of all eight Aviom A-16R rack-mount mixers.