Not only home to the New World Symphony, Miami Beach’s New World Center also offers Pulse, a spin on the traditional orchestral experience within a nightclub setting. Pro Sound and Video (Miami) brought in Aviom Pro16 personal mixing systems for each of the performers. “In a symphonic building, with such a long RT60, the sound that engineers hear from a reference monitor is going to be vastly different from what the musicians are hearing onstage,” says the installer’s managing director, Brad Gallagher.
“The nominal reverb time of the room is 1.5 seconds, so when the Aviom A-16II personal mixers are used with headphones or in-ears, it allows us to totally eliminate any unnecessary stage volume, while keeping our options flexible for onstage performances,” says Alan Miller, New World Center production technician and audio specialist.
For the first Pulse show, DJ Mason Bates and some performers were located on stage lifts while other performers were on the hall’s satellite stages. “Three percussionists played a rather difficult piece on djembes that were positioned on different performance platforms throughout the hall,” says Miller. The platforms surround the stage with about 50 feet separating each and are between audience seating areas. “We recognized that the percussionists would need to hear each other clearly while competing with the late-night crowd noise. We also provided an A-16II to the orchestra conductor.”
The music selected for the venue’s second Pulse event required a different setup, with two soloists playing on separate performance platforms in sync with the full orchestra onstage. “The distance time delay and reverb would not allow us to do this setup without any monitoring, so this time I pulled out the A-16CS control surfaces to be used with our A-16R personal mixers that are rackmounted in our monitor console desk unit,” says Miller. “The DiGiCo D1 allowed us to send the signal to these A-16R units, and then the output of the A-16R can be routed back to the console so I could send it to our wedge monitors.”