Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Look out Aviom


Aviom is a "personal monitoring system" a lot of churches use for their musicians. You can use them with wedge monitors, but I think most use them with in ears. The great thing about them is you can control the level of each instrument, on your own, by twisting knobs. Much better than yelling to the sound guy or making air traffic control signals during a song to let the sound guy know how he can adjust your monitor. It's also great with in ears because the mix is a lot more finicky when you can hear everything so clearly, you can get buy with a less than stellar mix in a wedge than in an in ear.

So far Aviom has pretty much had this market to themselves... until now. RSS (by Rolland) has introduced the M-48 personal monitoring system. From the specs and what I've heard, it basically blows the Aviom out of the water. RSS makes a digital mixer called the V-Mixing System which is a pretty popular digital mixing board. The M-48, while it will work with any sound board, will specifically work really slick with the V-Mixing system. I'm not an expert on digital mixing boards, so I'll leave it at "it works well together" and let sound guys dig into it for them selves.

How does this effect us as musicians?
  • Instead of being limited to 16 channels like the Aviom, you can have 40 inputs and chose the 16 you want from the 40. With Aviom you can only send the same 16 to everyone, with the M-48 you and the drummer could have 16 completely different channels if you wanted. For instance, maybe the drummer wants each drum individually so he can mix them, but you just want a sub mix of all the drums (as one channel) that you can easily turn up or down with one twist. You can!
  • Built in reverb for any channels you want. This is especially good for vocals and it's a classic studio trick to add extra reverb to a vocalists headphone mix while they sing, it makes the singer more confident.
  • Built in limeter. This makes sure no noise gets over a certain volume - essential for in ears so you don't blow your eardrum if something feeds back or the sound guy accidentally has the gain way up one something during sound check.
  • Built in room mic. Yeah, built in to the little module in front of you. That way you can hear people talk and get a feel for the room.
No word on official pricing yet, but it's supposed to be "competitive with Aviom" in cost. The only bummer is that they waited so long! I think most churches that are going this way have already bought themselves an Aviom. If you have an Aviom it would be really, really hard to justify ditching the Aviom to buy this.

7 comments:

Karl said...

Wow! They took all the stuff we hated about avioms and changed them! Very cool.

And thank goodness there's competition now. Aviom prices were so high because they were basically the only ones marketing to church musicians.

Phillip said...

Who is Ronald?

Heh...

Mike said...

Haha! Rolland. Edit time.

rhoy pamparo said...

looks interesting, i shall pass this to our AV guys. thanks!

lespaulplayerdoctor said...

Mike--- off topic...
But I talked to Paul Cochrane a couple of days ago. He's behind and I'm now looking at getting the Tim about end of March. My bday is end of April, so if I get it then, it works perfect!
Thats the same time my Toneczar Dove is due, so it'll be one heck of a bday!

Mike said...

Sweet! That will be a good bday!!

Derek D. Robertson said...

I accidently came across this post and this man is right. I personally have had hands on with the Roland and it does blow the Aviom out of the water. Aviom cant even touch it. Roland is way more flexible,cleaner and will knock your head off if you desire. Great product and review.