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Aviom Pro16 Digital Snake, Audio Distribution, and Personal Mixing at Core of Audio Setup at Revival Tabernacle

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WEST MILTON, PA, NOVEMBER 9, 2009 – The new audio system at Revival Tabernacle’s recently completed new facility centers around one of the world’s largest Aviom Pro16® digital snakes and audio distribution systems. The selection of Aviom allows the church to reconfigure its system quickly, has helped ensure sonic clarity in the new sanctuary and secondary areas, and delivered substantial savings to the church during installation.

As part of a three-year upgrade, the church replaced its original 50-year-old building with a new 40,000-square-foot, 1,600 person sanctuary to accommodate its expanding congregation. Overcrowding in the old building was apparent throughout the sanctuary and on the platform itself.

The new system utilizes two Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Modules, which are used to run 32 channels from the platform to the 48-channel Soundcraft analog console at front of house. Two Aviom AN-16/o Output Modules provide analog outputs from the digital snake to the console.

The system is also pre-wired for the planned addition of a production room that will be used to master CD and DVD audio. Once this sound-proof room is complete, an AN-16/i Input Module will be added to the front of house. This will patch into an AN-16SBR System Bridge along with the two existing Aviom output modules and run via Cat-5 to three AN-16/o Output Modules in the production room, which will feed a separate mixing console.

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“The Aviom modules saved us a lot of time and labor, which saved the church in terms of cost,? says Daymion Smith, sales manager for Sonic Art, the company that designed and installed the system. “Instead of pulling and soldering 40-50 copper lines under the platform and back to the front of house mixer, we just pulled a single Cat-5 cable and we were done. That helped a lot.?

The Pro16 system also allows Revival Tabernacle to reconfigure the platform without reprogramming their digital system. Six floor pockets on the platform run back to an RJ45 patchbay in the equipment room and allow the church to place the Pro16 input modules anywhere on the platform. Each floor pocket also includes connection points for the Aviom Personal Mixers the church uses for monitor mixing.

The Aviom personal mixers play a key role as well in maintaining the sound quality in the sanctuary by keeping volume on the platform under control. In the original building, the praise team used floor wedges as monitors and relied on hand signals to direct the sound tech at the back of the church on adjustments needed to the monitor mixes. In addition, the main PA system competed with the wedges on stage, leading to excessive volume in the sanctuary combined with diminished intelligibility.

In the new building, most of the praise team use Shure E2 or E3 in-ear monitors or headphones and control their mixes with an Aviom A-16II Personal Mixer. Audio for the monitor feeds originates at the front of house console and is distributed to the Personal Mixers via Cat-5 with an AN-16/i Input Module and an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor.

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The combination of in-ear monitors, headphones and Aviom personal mixers now allows Revival Tabernacle to run its services more smoothly.

“Once [the band members] understood what the Aviom mixing system was for and how it worked, it helped them tremendously,? says Sonic Art’s Smith. “It’s a worthy investment because almost every church that deals with wedges hates them. Revival Tabernacle’s band members said they never want to go back to that. I’ve been in a church situation all my life and played drums on a platform for many years and I’ve run sound in churches for the last 20 years. It doesn’t make sense that the musicians have to communicate with a guy that’s between 30 and 50 feet away or more to try to get them a personal mix. The Aviom Personal Mixers are very good solution for any church.?

The Aviom system gives the church more efficiency through the rest of the week as well, as three different worship bands use the same audio equipment. One of the bands’ favorite features of the Aviom Personal Mixers is that each musician is able to save his or her own mixes. Each Personal Mixer can store up to 16 customized mix presets, so the three bands are able to quickly recall their settings each time they play.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® 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-Net®, 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.

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