Founded in Dallas, Texas, in 2002, with the first international celebration taking place 2004, Drummers for Jesus is a worldwide network of drummers and percussionists who use their music to spread the message of Jesus Christ. The International Drummers for Jesus Celebration, held by members of this network, is a two-day event that includes a concert, workshops, master classes and exhibits, bringing together some of the top drum artists in the world.
Efficiency is very important in a fast-paced production such as the International Drummers for Jesus Celebration. While every performer has a unique set of levels for his or her monitor mix, there are sometimes only minutes between performances. Offering support to the event since 2004, Aviom's Personal Mixers ensure musicians for the event don't miss a beat while keeping transitions between performances seamless.
“I've been told that the audio logistics and demands of our Celebration event is on the scale of the GRAMMYS® but without the luxury of time when it comes to the audio setup,” explains Carlos Benson, director and founder of Drummers for Jesus and executive producer of the International Drummers for Jesus Celebration. “Because of the Aviom equipment we don't have to spend a lot of time having a monitor engineer dial in individual monitor mixes for the performers on stage for each performance, as the system allows them to create their own mix without the monitor engineer being involved.”
Since the event is supported by donations from manufacturers in the audio industry, the gear used for the event can also change from year to year as well. Aviom's Personal Mixers have been easily integrated with the various monitoring systems and consoles utilized each year. Outputs from this year's monitor console, an Allen & Heath, were sent into one AN-16/i Input Module located at the monitoring position and the signal was sent via Cat-5 to an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor located on stage. From there the signals were fed to ten A-16II Personal Mixers connected to Audio-Technica in-ear systems.
“Aviom has been with us from the beginning with 200 percent support,” Benson continues. “For a great company like Aviom to bring their equipment and send support staff to each of our events is priceless. We are truly grateful to all of the Aviom team.”
For more information on upcoming Drummers for Jesus events, please visit www.drummersforjesus.com.