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AVIOM ANSWERS AN SOS FROM ABBACADABRA – THE ULTIMATE ABBA TRIBUTE BAND

aviom_adbacadabra_gary-raffanelli.jpgSPARKS, NV—adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute band, travels worldwide performing 20 of ABBA’s greatest hits in full costume. Performing live at various venues and on cruise ships for the past three years, Adbacadabra relies on Aviom’s Pro 16® Series of products for its live performance needs.

In the past two and a half years, adbacadabra has performed on over 20 cruises, in addition to its regular land performances. The band first started using the Aviom gear when, after one of its rehearsals, one of the musicians complained about feedback and noise level, which prohibited him from hearing his monitors. To help solve this problem, a colleague of Gary Raffanelli, executive director of adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute, recommended Aviom’s monitor mixing system. “Aviom is a lifesaver and I wouldn’t go anywhere without this equipment,” says Raffanelli. “If we didn’t have Aviom, we would be spending more time trying to combat volume and feedback problems rather than focusing on our real job at hand, perfecting our performance for our audience.”

adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute’s rig consists of A16-II Personal Mixers, an AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor and an Aviom16/oY-1 A-Net Card for Yamaha®. Surpassing expectations, Aviom has become a staple not only for adbacadabra, but also for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s various performances and inaugurations. While the group was preparing for its show during the inauguration of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ fleet, Freedom Of The Seas, every onboard audio technician attended the sound check as word spread about the Aviom system’s ability to be controlled at one’s fingertips and its ease of setup. As a result, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has since added Aviom gear to its entire Freedom Class fleet and has had adbacadabra perform at all of the Freedom Class inaugurations. “Since we started using the Aviom system our setup time has been cut down to 45 minutes and we’re able to have a complete sound check in less than an hour, which is unprecedented,” says Raffanelli.

Not only has the Aviom gear proven to be sturdy, able to withstand traveling around the world, but with the recent increase in baggage fees at the airports, Aviom has also been very cost effective. “We put our entire ABBA show into only six suitcases,” explains Raffanelli. “The Aviom equipment is so light and compact that we have never gone over the 50-pound limit. As a result, we’re never charged an overweight fee. Knowing that our Aviom products will get to their destination is one less headache for us. All we need to worry about are the drums, piano, keyboard and a few other minor elements.”

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