Aaron Beck is a theatrical sound engineer whose credits include Jolson: The Musical, The Buddy Holly Story, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
After dealing with several different orchestra setups, I have found the perfect solution. On my current tour, the sound designer decided to use the Aviom A16 personal mixer for our pit musicians. After using several different systems before the Aviom, we were willing to try something new. “Wow!” is all I can say. With the Aviom, we don't need someone stationed at the monitor console. And when the bandmembers control their own mix, it gives us more time to monitor the 36 wireless microphones on the actors, so we only require two operators, a FOH engineer and a backstage wireless tech.