REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS — An Aviom Pro16® Digital Snake is a major component of the audio install in the brand-new, 4,000-seat Trianon Auditorium at Church Team Ministries International (CTMI) complex in Mauritius. Installed by South Africa's Northwind Recording, the extensive Aviom system delivers audio to various locations throughout the church campus, which is one of the largest gathering places in the country.
The auditorium was built to meet the growing demands of CTMI, which hosts services every Sunday in addition to a yearly international conference that draws thousands of people from CTMI partner churches around the world. Because the Aviom system provides the unique ability to create multiple splits without degradation of the signal, it was the perfect choice to route audio in the auditorium. The Aviom network runs between the musicians on stage, the front-of-house console, a machine room located a floor above the main sanctuary, as well as to overflow facilities located throughout the large campus. The expandability of the Aviom system will also make it possible to send audio to a future broadcast facility planned for the campus.
"The Aviom Pro16 digital snake has enabled me to plan for audio to be sent to broadcast studios currently under construction," says Niklas Fairclough, owner of Northwind Recording. "I know that there will be zero issues with splitting the audio over the large distance it will need to travel."
In the existing system, up to 48 microphones or line-level signals from the stage are processed through three AN-16/i-M Mic Input Modules. The AN-16/i-M A-Net outputs are connected to an AN-16SBR System Bridge that sends all 48 sources down a single Cat-5e cable to another AN-16SBR feeding three AN-16/o Output Modules connected to the analog inputs of a 48-input Yamaha M7CL. The Yamaha console has two internally mounted Aviom16/o-Y1 Cards that convert console channel and group outputs back into A-Net format. Desired channels and sub-mixes are sent back to the stage from the A-Net cards for monitor processing or for further distribution.
For stage monitoring, CTMI's Aviom Pro16 mixing system features eight Aviom personal mixers. One of the Aviom16/o-Y1 cards in the Yamaha console feeds a 16-channel A-Net signal to an Aviom A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor unit. This unit in turn sends A-Net and power to seven A-16II Personal Mixers and one A-16R Personal Mixer (controlled remotely from an A-16CS Control Surface). The church's musicians and worship leaders use the Aviom Personal Mixers to customize their individual monitor mixes.
"The modular approach afforded by an Aviom network is always a perfect solution for me," Fairclough continues. "It allows me to configure and reconfigure systems as a client's needs or objectives change. Basically, if you think of an audio signal path wish list, you can pretty much do it with Aviom."