Are you looking to set up an audio system in your house of worship, or update your existing one? Need something powerful, but easy to set up and maintain? We’re here to help! Take a look at this explanation of Aviom audio systems for a glimpse at building your own system.
The majority of audio systems are built so that audio for the individual personal mixers comes from the central mixing console. The audio from the console tends to be a combination of individual channels and submixes of multi-channel sources. The individual channels are things like vocals and instruments, while the submixes of multi-channel sources are groups of things like choirs or orchestras. Personal mixers, like the Aviom A360 and A320, are used by individual musicians and vocalists to monitor their own mix from the multi-channel audio feed coming from the console.
Most of the time you’ll connect an input module or console card straight to the central mixing console. The individual channels and submixes will then be routed through the input module(s) or console card(s) to the personal mixers. This method works with both digital and analog consoles, as the input module converts the audio signals to full bandwidth, uncompressed digital audio.
From the input module(s) or console card(s), the audio is then distributed to the personal mixers through Cat-5e cables that use A-Net. A-Net is Aviom’s digital audio protocol that’s been designed to distribute multi-channel audio without any hassle or latency.
Personal Mixing Systems allow every individual in the music group to monitor and make adjustments to their individual mix coming from the central mixing console. This won’t affect any other individual mix in the group, just theirs. Aviom’s fantastic personal mixers were made with musicians in mind and therefore are easy to navigate and use, even during a performance!
About Aviom Personal Mixers
Before we delve into building a system, we’d like to give you a rundown of the features of Aviom’s latest personal mixers, the A360 and the A320.
A360 Features List
- Customizable channel selection from up to 64 channels
- 36-channel mix engine for up to 17 mono or stereo sources plus ambience
- Four instant Mix Recall presets plus 16 standard presets
- Per-channel volume, reverb, tone and Stereo Placement with independent pan and spread control
- One-Touch Ambience using network audio or the onboard mic
- Dual Profile Channel for each musician’s favorite or most important channel
- USB profile transfer
- 3-Band master tone controls optimized for in-ear monitors
- ¼ inch and 1/8 inch stereo mix out plus XLR mono mix out
- Support for Network Mix Back and A360 Display
A320 Features List
- 16 mono or stereo sources
- 32-channel mix engine
- Per-channel volume and Stereo Placement
- Eight customizable mix presets
- 3-band master tone controls optimized for in-ear monitors
- Per-channel solo and mute
- Compatible with existing Aviom personal mixing systems
Building a System
While the input module will work with any console, the Aviom16/o-Y1 A-Net Card is made to be used with Yamaha digital consoles. Other manufacturers make cards to support A-Net connection with their respective consoles. These take your existing audio sources (converting them to digital if necessary) and outputs the stream over one Cat-5e cable. You can also interface directly to Dante if your audio system includes a Dante audio network with the D800-Dante. Each input module or console card supports 16 sources into the personal mixing system. Multiple input modules or console cards can be combined in a single, networked system.
From there, you’ll need an A-Net Distributor, like the Aviom D800. This takes the audio stream from the input module(s) or console card(s) and provides copies for each and every individual personal mixer. A-Net Distributors are able to give power to the personal mixers of that same Cat-5e cable used for the audio feed. An A-Net Distributor can handle up to eight personal mixers. If you need to add more personal mixers to your network, you can combine multiple A-Net Distributors in one audio system. The D800 features Network Mix Back, which gives users the power to stream connections from the personal mixers to wireless in-ear monitors.
Finally, you’ll need the personal mixers. We recommend the new Aviom A360 or A320, although older Aviom personal mixers can be used.
Analog vs. Digital
Here’s a quick note about Aviom audio systems using an analog mixing console versus using a digital mixing console: analog-based setups use input modules like the AN-16/i v.2.
The digital-based setups use an SB4 System Bridge.
Upgrading a System
One of the many great things about the Aviom A360 and A320 personal mixers is their compatibility with older Aviom audio systems. Simply change out your old personal mixers with the A360s and/or A320s and you’re good to go! However, the A320 and the A360 can’t be daisy-chained, so you’ll need to add an A-Net Distributor if your system lacks one.
A Reminder about Network Mix Back
Network Mix Back is an Aviom-exclusive feature that’s found on the D800 A-Net Distributor. Network Mix Back allows for seamless connectivity to transmitters for wireless in-ear monitors. An A360 Personal Mixer can send a digital copy of its stereo mix output back to the D800 through Cat-5e cables. The mixes can then be converted to analog, if needed, thanks to the AN-16/o v.4 Output Module.