After sitting down with our music department and members of the worship team, we decided to try something new with our IEMs. Last week we installed an Aviom system and tried it out for the first time this weekend. We have individual risers for each musician on the team, and the Aviom system basically puts an individual 16 channel mixer on each riser. We retained our IEM buds, and traded the PSM600 packs for the Aviom mixers.
We’re still using our monitor console, but things have changed a bit. Since the Aviom only takes 16 channels, and we’re typically running 24-32 channels of music on normal weekends, the monitor engineer is now doing stem mixes for the Aviom mixers. For example, we’re in the middle of a large Christmas Production (visit our website for ticket info) featuring a very large band. The monitor engineer has several stem mixes including a string section, horns, and a 12 piece vocal team and choir. On top of that the monitor engineer is still doing standard wedge mixes for our vocalists and band members that aren’t on in-ears.
So far the reviews from the band members have been huge. It’s also speeding up our soundchecks a little. There are still some bugs we’re working out, but the first run this weekend went pretty smooth. Thanks to the folks at Clark ProMedia for helping make this happen!