PARIS, APRIL 2, 2010 â€” Aviomâ€™s Pro16Â® personal mixing system is helping musicians stay on point for Parisâ€™ newest feast for the eyes and ears, â€œZorro the Musical.â€? The show is being staged at the cityâ€™s famous Folies Bergere Theater.
â€œZorroâ€? marries the tale of the legendary Spanish masked hero with the music of the world-renowned musical group, the Gypsy Kings. The showâ€™s orchestration places instruments in three separate locations in the theater: guitars are situated on one platform, keyboards and miscellaneous percussion on another, and a full drum kit on a third. To make this layout work, Stage Entertainment, producer of â€œZorro The Musical,â€? needed a way to configure the monitor mixes to keep all the musicians on cue and in time while also minimizing cost and setup time. Having used Aviom products for its production of â€œThe Lion King,â€? the company knew Aviomâ€™s personal mixers offered the simplicity and flexibility they were looking for.
â€œWe had only one day for sound check with the musicians, so we needed to spend less time on gear settings and more time on sound,â€? says Bertrand Billon Audio Manager with Stage Entertainment. â€œWith the Aviom system, all we had to do was run Cat-5 around the theater, cut it on site, and put the plugs at both ends. It couldnâ€™t have been faster or easier. Plus, using Cat-5 helps keep production costs down.â€?
For â€œZorro,â€? the setup consists of a Y1 A-NetÂ® card installed in a Yamaha M7CL console at front of house. Monitor mix elements such as direct outputs, sub-mixes, and stems from the console are routed by the mix engineer to the 16 channels of the Y1 card. From there, the digital signal is output to an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor, which sends the mix stems via Cat-5 cable to eight A-16II Personal Mixers located on the three platforms. Each personal mixer provides a 16-channel mix feed for the showâ€™s eight musicians that they can customize as needed. The guitar and keyboard-percussion sections use wired in-ear systems, while the drum section uses noise canceling headphones.
Another benefit of the Aviom personal mixers is that they let users save and recall their personal mix settings. â€œSince â€œZorroâ€? has three groups of musicians, being able to recall the settings is very useful. It lets all the musicians be at their best, without requiring a lot of adjustment,â€? says Billon. The personal mixers are also used to help train substitute musicians who can experience the show as if they were a member of the band while studying the score from the front of house mix position. â€œBeing able to add more personal mixers virtually anywhere in the theater is a very useful feature when the subs need to learn their parts and see how it accompanies the showâ€™s staging,â€? he adds.
The simplified monitor mix system takes minimal time to set up and provides high quality, easily repeatable results for the musicians in the band throughout each performance.
Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16Â® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64Â® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-NetÂ®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA.