Hamburg, Germany (November 20, 2009)–German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has added Aviom’s Pro16 personal mixing system to its largest recording studio.
The monitor mixing system previously used on the show afforded the 16 to 20 band members with only six channels of content, providing little room for customization. By contrast, Aviom’s personal mixing system, used for the production of “NDR’s Big Band” weekly radio broadcast of big band jazz music, gives each performer control over 16 channels of content, providing room for each musician to customize the sound and volume of his or her monitor mix. NDR’s decision to switch to Aviom came from experiences both the NDR musicians and sound engineers previously had with the system at private studios.
“Now, not only does each musician have their own mix, but this personal headphone mix can be saved and recalled, which is a huge advantage,” says Rudolf Grosser, sound engineer for NDR. “The most important feature is that every musician receives his own personal headphone mix. One of the typical problems recording a big band is that the volume of certain instruments, predominantly the brass section, is louder than the maximum volume of the headphones. To compensate for this we give each musician his preferred type of headphone. Also, with the Aviom system, each band member has more control over the volume of each section, ensuring that they are able to hear what they want to hear.”
NDR connects track buses from a Solid State Logic Duality console to 16 input channels on the Aviom AN-16/i Input Module, which runs to three A-16D A-Net Distributors. These monitor channels are then distributed to the 24 A-16II Personal Mixers used by the conductor, various instrumentalists, and vocalists. Channels one to nine are used for the main instruments and instrument sections, 10 to 14 are used for individuals such as the conductor and soloists, with channels 15 and 16 held for the control room mix.