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Love In The Musical Takes to the Stage with Aviom

FOH Staff • News • October 1, 2007

SAN DIEGO — Aviom was part of the audio system for the production of Love In: The Musical, a theatrical celebration of the music of 1967 featuring legendary artists recently held at Birch North Park Theatre in San Diego.

The event featured the Pro16 personal mixing system, with an Aviom digital snake distributing all of the mixes to a Yamaha PM5D console outfitted with an AVIOM16/o-Y1 A-Net Interface Card.

“I selected Aviom for this mission-critical gig for several reasons,” Austin explained. “Traditional monitor wedges will typically cause an inordinate amount of leakage from the stage and the cumulative effect of this leakage ruins the recording process and negatively impacts the FOH audio quality as well. My design integrated acrylic shields and sound absorbent material and this contributed greatly to the separation and clarity of the live mix and recording.  Without the Aviom personal mixing system, these additional isolations would not have been noticed.”

Adams Entertainment, who also produced last year’s live documentary/concert Primal Twang: The History of the Guitar, filmed the Love In performances for commercial release in 2008. That meant that the show’s audio producer, Henry Austin of Professional Production Associates, had to design a system that would serve the needs of both the live and recorded elements of the production.

 “The Future Sonics IEMs compliment the Aviom output circuit and really sound ’Hi-Fi.’ It was this combination that helped sell the idea to the artists, who were unfamiliar with the technology.  Once they heard it, they were sold. Each band member could control his personal blend, which allowed Bob Meyers, the monitor engineer, to focus on the wireless mixes.”

 “As a professional Monitor Engineer for the past 25 years, it's great to see new technology that actually helps simplify things and make monitor mixing easier instead of just complicating the issue,” said Meyers. “Once the musicians got comfortable with their in-ear monitors and saw how simple it was to adjust what I was sending digitally to their Aviom mixers, they had very few adjustments for me to make. Plus, with numerous musician changes and some complete band changes, the only way this worked was using the presets on the mixers.”  

“Director Anthony Adams requested that the stage have a ‘clean, uncluttered appearance’ and the size and footprint of the little blue Aviom mixers helped create a spacious look for the film,” added Austin, who also produced the audio for Primal Twang.  “Plus, the power to each mixer is carried with the signal in a small Cat 5 run and, again, kept the stage looking dressed and pristine.”


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