WEST CHESTER, PA, AUGUST 25, 2011 — Aviom Personal Mixers pumped the sound to 44 musicians during Peter Gabriel's recent New Blood Orchestra Tour, which featured music from the singer's 2010 Scratch My Back album as well as music that will appear on his soon-to-be-released New Blood album. In addition to providing monitoring capabilities to such a large group of musicians, Real World Tours Ltd depended on the personal mixers to offer an ease of configuration for the crew members.
Taking just 20 days to make 12 stops at various venues across North America, Real World Tours needed a quick and easy way to supply a large number of players with a monitor mix that allowed for individual control but didn't clutter an already busy stage setup. Requiring only a single Cat-5 cable, the Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers fulfilled the needs of the tour by allowing for a simple setup with personal mixers that are straightforward enough for anyone to use.
“The Aviom system, in general, was a great performer,” says Dan Ungaretti, orchestra monitor engineer for the tour. “The solid and very fast connecting 16-channel digital audio network was particularly impressive. The multi-channel feature also afforded us the ability to place AC power in just three locations instead of multiple spots throughout the stage.”
Ungaretti utilized a Yamaha PM5D-RH as his monitor console and outfitted it with an Aviom16/o-Y1 A-Net Card. A single Cat-5 runs from the Y1 card to an A-16D A-Net Distributor, positioned under the woodwind riser. The A-16D splits the signal to two additional A-16D Pro A-Net Distributors, located behind the conductor's podium. The A-16D Pros provide both power and 16 channels of audio from the PM5D to the 22 A-16II Personal Mixers positioned at the base of each music stand throughout the orchestra. This setup allowed Ungaretti to set up quickly, keep the stage clean and control certain aspects of the monitor feeds from the console, while also letting orchestra members customize what they hear.
“The Aviom network kept me in overall control by allowing me to interface and supply the controllers with the exact audio that was necessary,” says Ungaretti. “The musicians were then able to work with the easy-to-use interface of the A-16IIs to have basic control over their headphone levels of the mix that I supplied.”
In addition to the Aviom mixers, the New Blood Tour musicians were equipped with Sennheiser headphones and in-ear monitoring systems as well as Shure vocal mics, supplied by Firehouse Productions. Real World Tours turns to Firehouse for all equipment rentals when Gabriel is on stage in the US. An entity of Judgeday Ltd, Real World Tours is the name used specifically for Peter Gabriel tours. The exclusive management company for Real World/Peter Gabriel since 1984, Judgeday is owned and operated in the UK by David “Dave T” Taraskevics. Judgeday has also worked on tours such as Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Prince, Wham, All Saints, the Thompson Twins, Mike Oldfield and Echobelly.
Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom's innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.