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Engineers at Paragon Studios, a leading multi-room recording and post-production facility in Franklin, Tennessee, are giving high praise to Aviom and the Pro16 Personal Monitor Mixing System. Brian Calhoon, technical director and staff engineer at Paragon, says he was frustrated with the antiquated, eight-channel personal monitor mixers his studio was using before they switched to Aviom.

“The Aviom Personal Mixing System makes my job easier,” says Calhoon. “I don‘t have to pick and choose what to send each artist. I can give everyone his/her own fader and they can make themselves happy while I can concentrate on things in the control room, making it a less stressful environment.”

Delivering high fidelity audio over Cat-5 via Aviom‘s super-fast A-Net® transport protocol, the award-winning A-16II Personal Mixer allows each performer to create a custom monitor mix tailored to his/her individual needs. It offers real-time control over channel volume, grouping, pan, stereo spread and master volume.

Each and every Personal Mixer in the system can create a unique monitor mix for a performer enabling users to save and recall up to 16 custom mix snapshots as presets in their A-16II. The stereo output from the Aviom system can be used effectively with headphones, in-ear monitors (IEMs) or to drive floor wedge, spot or studio monitors.

Either daisy-chained together or powered through the A-16D-Pro Distributor, the system supports an infinite number of Personal Mixers. The A-16D Pro provides isolated (floating ground) DC power through the eight A-Net Outs; the ninth output is an unpowered A-Net Thru connector, designed for distributing a copy of the A-Net signal to a second A-Net Distributor or remote location. Inside the A-16D Pro is Aviom’s unique power sub-system design, which requires no external power supplies and virtually eliminates the possibility of introducing hum or ground loops. The A-16D Pro can also be used as a central hub in an audio distribution system or snake, providing outputs to multiple locations or redundant outputs to a single location.

“Our customers love the system,” adds Calhoon. “We deal with a lot of studio musicians who are used to the Aviom mixers because they are now so widely used in live environments. It‘s a nice small box that fits on a stand next to the artists‘ script trays. The artists are very comfortable and familiar with that setup.”

Paragon is a world-class studio nestled in the rolling hills just outside Nashville‘s famed Music Row. Owned and operated by professional audio engineer/mixer Fred Paragano, the 10,000-square-foot facility offers two identical 5.1 mix rooms with private lounges dedicated to the control room/studio combination. Studio ‘A‘ features a Solid State Logic XL9080 K Series Console. Studio ‘B‘ features the first installation in the U.S. of a Solid State Logic C300 Digital Film Console. Other ancillary suites include a 5.1 editorial suite/overdub room, picture editing suite, central machine room, a large client lounge/kitchen, cartage area and support spaces.

For more information, visit www.aviom.com.

Aviom is the world leader and pioneer of personal monitor mixing technology with the popular A-16II personal mixer, as well as the exclusive developer of the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio distribution and networking products. All Aviom products are powered by A-Net®, the company‘s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol. Aviom products solve problems in a variety of different environments, including live sound reinforcement, recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcast facilities and a variety of commercial installations. Aviom‘s entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

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