WEST CHESTER, PA, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 — Aviom Personal Mixers are improving setup and sound on Jared Anderson's Hear Us from Heaven Tour, in which the popular Christian singer and musician has been traveling throughout the country, visiting churches and other venues for a night of prayer, worship and music. Although the tour takes Anderson and his band to a variety of venues, each with its own unique audio and equipment setup, the Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers ensure that each musician's monitor mix remains the same, night after night.
Recently performing at churches and college venues in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma, the Hear Us from Heaven Tour has been supplied with sound by Sight & Sound Technologies, a company that specializes in equipment sales and training in the areas of sound lighting and video in churches. For this tour, Sight & Sound Technologies chose to provide the band with the Aviom A-16IIs because they needed a way to address monitoring quickly and easily. They also sought the ability to allow musicians to save and recall their personalized monitor mixes during the hectic setup stage.
“The Aviom system has been a real lifesaver on this tour,” says Kris Johnson, chief operating officer of Sight & Sound Technologies and the audio engineer for the tour. “The A-16II is really helpful for the guys in the band, as they can use the same mixers every night, save their mixes, then recall those mixes—regardless of the sound system we're plugging into, which is huge for us. All of the guys are just raving about the consistency that they're getting from the Aviom system.”
Johnson works on a variety of different consoles, depending on what is available at each venue, and he's handled everything from a Behringer EURODESK mixer to a Midas Pro3 digital console. By using an Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, he is able to provide a monitor feed directly to the Aviom Personal Mixers, while also plugging into the existing set of inputs to the main sound system available at the church or venue. This allows the band to get consistency in their monitor mixes and Johnson to integrate quickly into the house sound system without additional gear or hassle. All five members of the band have their own A-16IIs that they use with IEMs (in-ear monitors), with the exception of Anderson, who runs his through a powered speaker.
No matter what the venue or setup, Johnson knows the Aviom A-16IIs will see him through the performance, especially when it comes to monitoring. “We're in churches that have every type of equipment you could ever want, from mega churches like Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, all the way down to much smaller churches that don't even use a regular drum kit,” he notes. “We see a lot of different types of setups, so Aviom literally saves the day when it comes to monitoring. Otherwise, my drummer is on some sort of headphone amp or a little hotspot speaker, and neither of those are any good to hear over his drums.”
As for the Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, Johnson appreciates that its Thru feature is not dependent on the head amp's volume. “The Thru feature is just a straight pass through, not like some systems, where if you adjust the gain or head amp, it adjusts your signal going to the board. The Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module doesn't do that. It's a straight pass through, allowing me to get the gain I need at front of house, but I can also adjust the gain going to the guys' in-ears with the head amp. I really like the versatility the Aviom equipment provides.”
Sight and Sound Technologies was started in 2007 by Kris Johnson and his wife Tara. The business quickly grew and the duo began running the company fulltime in 2009, helping new and existing churches implement audio, video, lighting and portable staging systems. From start-up systems for new church plants and multi-site campuses to designing building systems for existing churches, Sight and Sound Technologies is happy to handle single item purchases all the way up to complete audio, lighting and video systems. For more information, visit http://www.sightandsoundtech.tv.
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