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A-16II Personal Mixer
User Guide
Information in this document is subject to change. All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2004 Aviom, Inc.
Printed in USA
Document Rev. 1.01
Part Number 9301 1006 0001
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    A-16II Personal Mixer User Guide Information in this document is subject to change. All rights reserved. Copyright ©2004 Aviom, Inc. Printed in USA Document Rev. 1.01 Part Number 9301 1006 0001...

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    Aviom, Inc. 1157 Phoenixville Pike Suite 201 West Chester, PA 19380 USA +1 610-738-9005 +1 610-738-9950 (fax) www.aviom.com...

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    15. No on/off power switches are included in the A-16 system. The external power supply should be used to control power to an Aviom A-16 device. This power supply should remain readily operable.

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    If a defect is discovered, first write or call Aviom, Inc. to obtain a Return Autho- rization number. No service will be performed on any product returned without prior authorization.

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    • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Changes or modifications to the product not expressly approved by Aviom, Inc. could void the user’s FCC authority to operate the equipment. WARNING!

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Package Contents ... 3 AC Line Conditioning ... 3 Channel Labels ... 4 What is Category 5? ... 5 Cables Used in the Aviom System ... 5 Cable Lengths ... About A-Net ... 7 Power Supplies ... 8 Cleaning and Maintenance Information ... 9 The A-16II Personal Mixer ...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Adding Effects to a Monitor Mix ... 37 Adding Live Ambience to a Monitor Mix ... 37 Silent Jam Session ... 38 Other Uses for the Personal Mixer Outputs ... 38 Record a Mix ... 38 Troubleshooting ... 40 A-16II Personal Mixer Specifications ... 43...

  • Page 9: Welcome, Features, Conventions Used In This Document

    • Tabletop or mic stand mountable (using optional MT-1 mic stand bracket) Conventions Used in this Document When indicating a button on the front panel of the A-16II Personal Mixer, a special typeface is used. For example, when selecting a Preset, press the button.

  • Page 10: Warranty Information

    Aviom warranty is void. This manual and its contents are copyrighted by Aviom, Inc. All rights are re- served by Aviom, Inc. This document may not, in whole or in part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any electronic medium or machine-readable form without prior written consent from Aviom, Inc.

  • Page 11: Package Contents, Ac Line Conditioning

    • User Guide Also included within this document is a Warranty Card. Be sure to fill out the form and return it to Aviom, Inc. via mail or fax as soon as possible. AC Line Conditioning The A-16II is a digital device and is sensitive to sudden spikes and drops in the AC line voltage.

  • Page 12: Channel Labels

    Solo Personal Mixer Label Strip To clean the label writing area on the A-16II Mixer, use a soft clean cloth to remove most types of temporary marking material. For difficult-to-remove types of marking devices, a cotton swab moistened with a drop of rubbing alcohol can be used.

  • Page 13: What Is Category 5, Cables Used In The Aviom System

    Cat-5 Cable Cables Used in the Aviom System The Category 5 cables used with your Aviom system are interchangeable with any standard Category 5 (or Cat 5e) cables. If you need a longer cable for a particular application, any computer store should be able to supply you with an appropriate cable.

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    Aviom A-16II Personal Mixer User Guide Note: When purchasing Category 5 cables, be sure to buy only standard Cat-5 cables, not those sold as crossover cables. A crossover cable is used for file transfer between two computers. It is not compatible with your Aviom equipment.

  • Page 15: About A-net

    About A-Net Aviom’s A-Net is an ultra-fast data transmission protocol. It is capable of sending and receiving high-quality audio using readily available Category 5 cables. The A-Net technology is a proprietary system developed by Aviom. A-Net is based on Ethernet, a Local Area Network (or LAN) technology.

  • Page 16: Power Supplies

    Aviom A-16II Personal Mixer User Guide Power Supplies Your Aviom product uses a DC power supply that has a two-prong power cord. The prongs on the power supply are identical, meaning that there is no need to orient the plug in a specific direction in the power outlet. Some products with two-prong power cords have polarized plugs that can only be inserted into an electrical outlet one way.

  • Page 17: Cleaning And Maintenance Information

    Cleaning and Maintenance Information The exterior of your Aviom product should be cleaned with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth. For tougher dirt, you can use a cloth slightly dampened with water or with a mild detergent. When cleaning your Aviom products, never spray cleaners directly onto the product surfaces.

  • Page 18: The A-16ii Personal Mixer

    Aviom A-16 Personal Monitor Mixing System The A-16II Personal Mixer...

  • Page 19: Personal Mixer Components

    Personal Mixer Components A-Net In jack (rear panel) A-Net Out jack (rear panel) A-Net Active LED Channel Pan control and LEDs Channel Volume control and LEDs DC power jack (rear panel) Headphones/Line output (rear panel) Bass tone control Treble tone control Master volume control Solo button Mute button...

  • Page 20: System Setup, Power Connection, System Interconnections

    The Personal Monitor System will be in its “on” state as long as it is plugged into a working electrical outlet. No on/off power switches are included on the A-16II. If you would like to control the power state of your units, simply connect the power supplies to a power strip with an on/off switch.

  • Page 21: Labeling The Channels

    Personal Mixer, next to the Bass and Treble controls. Labeling the Channels The A-16II Personal Mixer has a convenient label strip right on the front panel. Use a china marker (sometimes called a “grease pencil”) to write the name of the instrument or audio source appearing on each Channel’s in the...

  • Page 22: Operational Modes

    P e r s o n a l M i x e r Save Operational Modes When using the A-16II Personal Mixer, you will be in one of the following modes: • Mix Mode — Here you can change Channel and mix set- tings such as volume, mute, and panning;...

  • Page 23: Global Controls, Tone Controls

    Note: A Preset is saved when the numbered button is released. Global Controls The three knobs in the upper right section of the A-16II Personal Mixer affect your mix volume and tone directly. The Bass, Treble, and Master volume controls are always active, regardless of the selected Preset.

  • Page 24: Master Volume, Button Behaviors

    Button Behaviors There are various combinations of lighted and unlighted buttons on the A-16II Personal Mixer. Here is an overview: • Channel buttons have two LEDs, an upper and lower. The upper button is red and indicates that the Channel is selected.

  • Page 25: Basic Navigation

    • The S indicating that the selected Channel or Group is now being auditioned with all other Channels being muted. Two Solo modes are available. • The M ton with a Channel selected will cause the Channel’s lower (yellow) LED to light. There is also one special button combination, the R by the M button.

  • Page 26: Personal Mixer Rear Panel, A-net Connectors, Dc Power Input, Audio Outputs

    Use only power supplies designed for your Aviom products. Audio Outputs The audio outputs on the rear of the A-16II Personal Mixer can be used with headphones, in-ear monitors, powered speakers, or any other device that can accept a line level audio output. Stereo, dual-mono, and mono outputs...

  • Page 27: Automatic Mono/stereo Plug Detection, Mixing, Preparing To Make A Mix

    Automatic Mono/Stereo Plug Detection When a cable is plugged into the Line/Headphone output jack on the rear of the A-16II, the auto-detect circuit determines whether the device is mono or stereo. If a mono device is recognized, the A-16II automatically pans all channels to the left output and adjusts the balance accordingly.

  • Page 28: The Editing Interface, Volume And Pan Control

    9 or 10 o’clock should be safe. Send audio into the system; this could be a band playing live or audio from a tape deck or other multi-track audio device. Raise the levels to a comfortable level after you have audio playing through the system.

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    LEDs in the Volume section of the mixer surface will indicate the level in real time. There are twelve LEDs in the Volume indicator, each capable of displaying two levels, for a total of twenty-four visible lighted steps. When a Channel is selected, the current volume is instantly indicated on the LEDs.

  • Page 30: Linking Channels

    Linking Channels For stereo input sources such as keyboards, drum machines, CD players, main mixer submixes, etc., the Aviom input modules provide a convenient method of controlling these two-channel sources. It’s called a Link. A Link is simply two Channels working together as one to process a stereo input.

  • Page 31: The Spread Control, The Mute And Solo Functions, The Mute And Solo Functions

    When Channels are linked, they act as one source on the A-16II Personal Mixer. When you select either of the two linked Channels on the Mixer, both LEDs will light up, indicating that they are linked. Volume changes affect both Channels simultaneously.

  • Page 32: Held Solo Mode

    selected Channel alone without disturbing the rest of the mix. Two types of Solo mode are available; one functions on a channel by channel basis, the other (called Held Solo) remains in force until the user exits it. Solo mode works on the currently selected Channel or Group. To use Solo mode, first select the Channel you want to hear alone.

  • Page 33: Mute A Channel, Unmute A Channel

    Remember that the system can only enter Held Solo Mode from the normal Mix Mode. If you currently have a Channel temporarily soloed (the Solo LED is lit solid), you must exit the temporary Solo Mode (by hitting another Channel button or the S Mute a Channel The method used for muting Channels is similar to that used for the Solo function—first select the Channel, then perform an action.

  • Page 34: Creating Groups

    Note: Solo mode will temporarily override a mute. This guarantees that you will always hear the Channels you solo. When you exit Solo mode, the Channels are returned to their previous state. Creating Groups When you need control over more than just a stereo pair of Channels as described earlier using the Link function, you can use the Group function to control multiple Channels.

  • Page 35: Creating Additional Groups

    To Save your Group, simply press the G goes out and you are returned to your current Preset and live mix. In the current Preset, you will now see all Channel LEDs associated with a Group light whenever you press a Channel button that is included in your saved Group.

  • Page 36: Making Changes To A Group, Changing Channel Settings Within A Group

    Making Changes to a Group Once you have created a Group, you can edit it in a number of ways. You can add or delete Channels from the Group, and change individual Channel volume and pan settings. To change a Group, start by selecting a Channel that is already part of a Group.

  • Page 37: Muting Groups

    LED readout as each channel is selected. Note that as channels ap- proach their minimum volume level that the mix balance will change since the A-16II has no way of re-balancing the mix once the minimum level for a channel has been reached.

  • Page 38: Making Changes To A Mix, Save A Preset

    Note: Remember to save your new mix to a memory location before turning the system off. Save a Preset Each Channel button on the A-16II front panel also serves as a memory location. Saving a mix as a Preset allows instant recall of up to sixteen mix scenes.

  • Page 39: Verify A Mix Memory Location

    When editing mix Presets, it is useful to know which Preset was the last one to be recalled in order to avoid overwriting Presets accidentally. When preparing to save a mix in the A-16II, the software will display the last mix Preset that was recalled when the R simultaneously.

  • Page 40: Applications, Create A Mix With Console Direct Outputs

    EQ, etc., do not affect the sound of the direct output. Aviom input modules can accept up to sixteen direct outputs. You can use balanced or unbalanced cables to connect audio, depending on the configu- ration of your mixer.

  • Page 41: Studio Cue System

    Using a fairly typical layout of a console with four Aux Sends, here is what you could do to send audio to the input module to create a monitor mix. Again, remember that you can use any of the different types of audio signals available on your particular audio mixer to create a monitor mix (direct outputs, bus outputs, etc.).

  • Page 42: Playback Monitoring

    auxiliary sends, you can use the same techniques as described for live audio monitor mixes. Playback Monitoring In the studio, performers also need to listen back to tracks they have just recorded. If each performer is using a different mix while recording, playback of the track will be different in each set of headphones.

  • Page 43: Using Console Inserts, Y Cable Insert, Adding Effects

    When the musicians are cutting tracks, have them select Preset #1. Record tracks as usual, with each musician listening to their personal custom- ized cue mix. When you want to listen back to a recorded take, have the performers switch to Preset #16. They now hear the engineer’s mix. All players hear the same mix, that the engineer can control as needed.

  • Page 44: Using A Patch Bay, In And Thru Patching

    now includes the effect. You do not hear the effect in the monitors. Monitor with the effect: • Remove the cable from the In jack of the Input module. • Plug it into the input of the effect. • Connect a cable from the output of the effect to the Input module In jack.

  • Page 45: Adding Effects To A Monitor Mix, Adding Live Ambience To A Monitor Mix

    day, and then use a combination of aux sends, direct outputs and console bus outputs another day without reaching behind an equipment rack. This setup is designed for a patch bay that is not normalled. A normalled patch bay is one that automatically sends the signal from one jack of the patch bay (typically the top row) to another jack (typically the lower jack).

  • Page 46: Silent Jam Session, Other Uses For The Personal Mixer Outputs, Record A Mix

    Other Uses for the Personal Mixer Outputs The stereo audio outputs on the A-16II Personal Mixer can be used with stereo headphones, in-ear monitors, or powered speakers. But, since the outputs are at line level, they are capable of sending the current monitor mix to any audio device capable of using a line level audio signal.

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    Use the Master volume control to set a level that does not distort the inputs of the recorder. Using this technique you can quickly create a variety of recorded tracks for rehearsals, etc. by recording the different Preset mixes saved on your Personal Mixer.

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    Troubleshooting Before contacting Customer Service, check the following list of common problems and solutions for help. Problem: No audio from Personal Mixer outputs Possible Solutions: • No input audio from the main mixing console. Check the levels of the main mixing board that the system is connected •...

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    device. It does not indicate that all devices in a system are properly connected, however. If you have two Personal Mix- ers connected together, the second Personal Mixer’s A-Net LED will light because the first Personal Mixer is correctly connected to it. Check that each device in the chain has a Category 5 cable plugged into it.

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    Problem: I don’t think my Preset was saved. Possible Solutions: • When saving a Preset, make sure that the R buttons are both held down before pressing a ROUP memory location button. The Preset is saved when you release your finger from the memory location button. When a Preset has been saved correctly, you will see all sixteen Channel LEDs flash momentarily to confirm the save opera- tion.

  • Page 51: A-16ii Personal Mixer Specifications, A-16ii Personal Mixer Specifications

    A-16II Personal Mixer Specifications Digital to Analog Conversion: Bit Depth Sample Rates Signal to Noise Ratio (Referenced to 0dB) Treble (shelving) Bass (shelving) Output: Headphone driver Maximum Levels Line/Headphone outputs Impedance Line/Headphone outputs Size Dimensions Weight Options: MT-1 24 bit 44.1kHz to 48kHz +/-10%...

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    Index A-Net 7 A-Net Active LED 11 A-Net Connectors 18 A-Net In 11, 18 A-Net LED 40 A-Net Out 11, 18 AC Line Conditioning 3 Adding Effects 35, 37 Adding Live Ambience 37 All Volumes Zero 17 Audio Connections, Outputs 12 Audio Outputs 18 Automatic Plug Detection 19 Aux Send 32...

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    daisy chain 12 DC Power 12, 18 DC Power supply 3 default EQ setting 19 default mix 17 Direct Output 32 Editing Groups 28 Editing Interface 20 Effects Sends 32 EQ 16 tone control 11 Front Panel 14 Global Controls 15 global tone controls 19 Global Trim 29 Group 26, 27, 28, 40...

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    linked Channels 17, 21 Linking Channels 22 Live Ambience 37 Master Volume 14, 16, 19 Master volume control 11 memory location 30 Mix Memory Location 31 Mix Mode 14 modes 14 Monitor with effects 36 Mono 19, 21, 22 Mono/Stereo Plug Detection 19 Mono vs.

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    Recall button 16 Recall Mode 14, 17 Record a Mix 38 red LED 16, 20, 26, 27 Removing Channels From a Group 28 replace the power supply 8 RJ45 connector 5 Save a Preset 30 Save Mode 15, 16 scribble strip 4 Solo 11, 17, 23 Held Solo 24 Solo a Channel 23...

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    Verify a Mix Location 31 Volume knob 20 Volume LEDs 20, 22, 30 XLR input 19 Y-cord 19 yellow LED 18 Y Cable Insert 35...

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    Aviom Warranty Registration Please take a moment to fill in this warranty registration form. Return it to Aviom via mail or fax. All information will be kept confidential. Model Number ... Model Number ... Model Number ... Model Number ...

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