Musicians at the Oscars
used various Aviom Pro16
monitor mixing systems.Los Angeles, CA (March 2, 2009)–Aviom’s Pro16 monitor mixing system was part of the communication and monitoring setup at the recent 81st Academy Awards telecast.
“This year’s orchestra setup was different than in years past, so it called for a slightly different monitoring and communications configuration,” says Andres Arango, staff engineer for ATK Audiotek, the show’s longtime sound reinforcement provider. “To achieve the look and feel of a Big Band from the ’40s, the orchestra was situated on two risers on opposite sides of the stage. As a result, our monitor mixer, Michael Cooper, had to ensure that each riser was connected to the other as well as to the monitor console.”
Each band member was fed audio stems from the music director as well as program elements from the live broadcast truck. An on-air mix was also included so that conductor and music director Michael Giacchino could hear what the performance sounded like as well as communicate with the show’s director, Roger Goodman. The Aviom Personal Mixers allowed Giacchino and his band members to select which stems they wanted to hear, helping to keep everyone on cue.
Giacchino additionally used a Studio Technologies Model 233 Announcer’s Console as the main intercom interface. The Announcer Console’s output was fed into the Aviom Pro16 system along with mix stems from the main console for the band’s monitor system. Each riser had its own A-16D A-Net Distributor, which provided eight parallel outputs so that each instrument section had an Aviom A-16II Personal Mixer, able to drive wireless connections through Tweecomm OB-1 headset boxes that offered level control and a headset connection. The two A-16Ds were connected to each other via Cat-5 cable and run to the console.