Aviom 360 Personal Mixer

By | March 14, 2013

Aviom 360 Personal Mixer  the HOT 36 Channel Personal Stage Mixer for use on Stage or in The Studio.  This unit although a little pricey is definitely worth the money.  Here are some Popular Asked Questions.

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Aviom 360

Frequently Asked Questions

Aviom’s A360 Personal Mixer is easy to set up and easy to use, while giving musicians the power and control to get an outstanding monitor mix every time they play. Read about how to set up an Aviom personal mixing system with A360 Personal Mixers and learn about what’s new in the A360.
Setting Up a System

What do I need to build a system?

In addition to the A360s, you’ll need an Aviom Pro16 Series input module or console card for getting audio into your system and an A-Net Distributor for providing copies of the digital audio stream to the personal mixers. Standard Cat-5e cables are used to connect all the devices. This gives you a basic system supporting up to 16 mix channels.

How do I get more than 16 channels into the system?

The new AN-16/i v.2 Input Module introduces a new version of A-Net, called Pro16e. It’s fully compatible with Pro16 A-Net, but it supports up to 64 channels in the digital audio data stream. The AN-16/i v.2 adds an A-Net In jack, and you can daisy-chain up to four of them to get up to 64 channels. The channels each A360 uses for mixing can be selected individually from all of the channels available in the system.

Can the A360 be used with older input modules, console cards, and A-Net Distributors?

Yes, the A360 is compatible with existing Pro16 Series devices, including console cards from Aviom’s partner companies. Even if you’re using the expanded channel capacity of Pro16e, you can still use existing A-Net Distributors and Aviom  A-16II and A-16R Personal Mixers. In these systems, the A-16IIs and A-16Rs will use only the first 16 channels, but even older A-Net Distributors will pass the Pro16e data stream.

Can I use two or more Pro16 console cards to get more channels into the A360s?

Currently, only the AN-16/i v.2 can be used to generate a Pro16e digital audio data stream. However, you can use one Pro16 console card for the first 16 channels you send to the Personal Mixers, and one or more AN-16/i v.2 Input Modules can be added to the system for the additional channels, by connecting to the console via analog outputs or connecting line-level input signals directly to the input module before going into the console. The A-Net Out on the console card feeds the A-Net In on an AN-16/i v.2.

Can A360s be used in a system with A-16IIs and A-16Rs?

Yes, everything is compatible. If your system has 16 or fewer channels in it, set your A360s to Pro16 mode on the back panel, and you’ll be up and running. If you have more than 16 channels in the system, the A360s will utilize the Pro16e data stream while the A-16II and A-16R Personal Mixers will use only the first 16 channels.

Can I use the A360 with wireless in-ear monitors?

Absolutely. Connect the stereo mix output of the A360 to the LEFT/RIGHT inputs of your wireless transmitter unit using a simple Y-cable.

How can I connect a subwoofer, like a Bass Shaker™ or ButtKicker™?

Tactile shakers and subwoofers are a great way to supplement the low end, especially for bassists and drummers who often like to really feel their monitor mix. Simply connect the Mono Mix Out to the input of the amplifier for the subwoofer. The Mono Mix Out has its own volume control.

How are channels assigned to A360 buttons?

The A360 offers a number of options for assigning channels to mixer buttons, depending on your channel count and preferences.

In a Pro16e system, you can either use the default channel layout or customize the channel selection and layout for each A360. If you choose to customize the channel layout and selection, the channels each A360 mixes can be assigned from up to 64 channels available in the system.

If you’re going to use the default channel layout, set the A360 rear panel switch to DEFAULT, and the mixer will take channels from the Pro16e data stream and assign them sequentially to mixer channel buttons. Because the A360 assigns both channels of a stereo input source to a single button on the mixer, it’s easiest to think of the input module not as a 16-channel device but as a device with eight stereo channels where the odd-numbered input channel is used for a mono input or the left half of a stereo pair while an even-numbered input channel is used for the right half of a stereo pair or ignored.

If you’re going to customize the channel selection or layout, use the A360 Channel Manager PC application to create your configuration. Configuration files can be loaded onto the A360s in your system via USB thumb drive. A free firmware update will allow channel assignments to be made and edited from the A360 itself, eliminating the need for a computer.

How do you set a channel to be stereo or mono?

All Aviom input modules and console cards have Stereo Link switches for setting each channel pair as stereo or mono. Once a channel pair is set as stereo on the input module or console card, it is treated as stereo throughout the system.

A360 Features

How many channels is the A360?

The A360 has a 36-channel mix engine, which supports 16 mono or stereo standard mix channels, a mono or stereo Dual Profile Channel™, and mono or stereo ambience. The channels for each A360 in the system can be selected individually from all of the channels in the system (up to 64 of them). That allows each musician in an ensemble to control whatever combination of individual channels and submixes he or she needs to get the perfect monitor mix. The 36-channel mix engine gives you the space to keep appropriate individual channels and submixes in stereo—improving fidelity of the overall monitor mix— while still keeping things simple for the musician.

What’s new in the A360 compared to the A-16II?

In addition to supporting more channels and programmable channel selection, the A360 has a host of new features that give musicians more control over their monitor mix, without overwhelming them with too many different things to manage. The A360 adds per-channel reverb and tone, plus the new Stereo Placement controls with Pan-Spread™ for stereo signals, as well as One-Touch Ambience™, the Dual Profile Channel™, three bands of master tone control with the new Enhance control, USB configuration transfer and backup, four Instant Mix Recalls™ (in addition to the 16 standard mix presets), a Mono Mix Out with a dedicated volume control, and both 1/4″ and 1/8″ stereo outputs.

Can I save my mix?

Like the A-16II, the A360 allows you to save your mixes so you can reuse them over and over. In addition, the A360 automatically recalls its last setting when it powers up, even if somebody cuts power unexpectedly.

What are the Instant Mix Recalls™?

The A360 has a total of 20 mix presets: the 16 standard mix presets stored under the channel select buttons (like on the A-16II), plus the four Instant Mix Recalls. The Instant Mix Recall buttons streamline recalling a preset, allowing you to change your whole mix with the touch of a single button.

What does the Enhance™ knob do?

Enhance is a great way to make your in-ear monitors or headphones sound fantastic. The EQ curve for Enhance was developed specifically with the frequency response of in-ear monitors and headphones in mind.

What is the Dual Profile Channel™?

The Dual Profile Channel can be used in two different ways. The first is as a Channel Mirror, where it is assigned to the same channel as one of the standard mix channels. This is useful because it allows every musician to put their favorite or most important channel in the lower right corner of the mixer—the easiest place to get to quickly, eliminating the need to find that channel before making a change. If you’re using customized channel layouts, the Dual Profile Channel can be a 17th mono or stereo mix channel, adding to the 16 standard mix channels.

Whether you’re using the Dual Profile Channel as a mirror or for additional content, the Dual Profile Channel also provides two channel-level presets (or “profiles”) for that channel. That allows you to change all of the mix settings for that one channel—volume, stereo placement, reverb, and tone—at the touch of a single button, without affecting the rest of the mix.

Where does the audio for One-Touch Ambience™ come from?

The A360 gives you two ways to add ambience to your monitor mix, depending on what you want to accomplish with it. The fastest and easiest way is to use the onboard microphone, which is perfect for things like having a conversation between songs in rehearsal without taking your earphones out. If you want to use ambience to hear some of the room or to get audience reaction into your mix, the best way to do that is to set up room microphones and send those signals to the A360s as part of the Pro16e digital audio data stream. Either way, the A360 reserves space for ambience audio, so you never have to choose between ambience and mix content.

How does the One-Touch Ambience control work?

It’s a simple on-off switch for ambience. You can customize the ON volume, and the One-Touch Ambience button switches ambience audio on to that volume and off. That allows you to quickly add ambience when you want it and to keep it out of the mix when you don’t.
What is the USB jack for?

The A360 is user-upgradeable, and the USB jack is used for loading new firmware. In addition, the USB jack is used for loading and saving your custom channel selection and layout.