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HAMBURG, GERMANY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 –Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), one of the largest public radio and television stations in Germany, is now home to Aviom’s Pro16® personal mixing system. Located in the station’s largest recording studio and used for the production of “NDR’s BIG BAND” weekly radio broadcast of big band jazz music, the new system provides more options for monitor control than the previous set up. aviom_ndr_studio-2.jpg

The monitor mixing system previously used on the show afforded the 16 to 20 band members with only six channels of content, providing little room for customization. By contrast, Aviom’s personal mixing system gives each performer control over 16 channels of content, providing ample room for each musician to customize his or her monitor mix. With the Aviom system, band members have more control over the sound and volume of their headphone mix. NDR’s decision to switch to Aviom came from the positive experiences both the NDR musicians and sound engineers previously had with the system at private studios.

“Now, not only does each musician have their own mix, but this personal headphone mix can be saved and recalled, which is a huge advantage,” says Rudolf Grosser, sound engineer for NDR. “The most important feature is that every musician receives his own personal headphone mix. One of the typical problems recording a big band is that the volume of certain instruments, predominantly the brass section, is louder than the maximum volume of the headphones. To compensate for this we give each musician his preferred type of headphone. Also, with the Aviom system, each band member has more control over the volume of each section, ensuring that they are able to hear what they want to hear.”

NDR connects track buses from a Solid State Logic Duality console to 16 input channels on the Aviom AN-16/i Input Module, which runs to three A-16D A-Net® Distributors. These monitor channels are then distributed to the twenty-four A-16II Personal Mixers used by the conductor, various instrumentalists, and vocalists. Channels one to nine are used for the main instruments and instrument sections, ten to 14 are used for individuals such as the conductor and soloists, with channels 15 and 16 held for the control room mix.

NDR’s BIG BAND can be heard every Sunday from 10:05 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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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