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A Real World Gear Look At IEM/Personal Monitoring Systems, As Well As Earpieces

Personal Monitoring:



The main building block for any myMix system can be used stand alone or connected to an Ethernet switch as a system with up to 250 devices and 500 channels.

It can be integrated into any existing sound system with any protocol (Dante, MADI, analog, digital, etc.).

Users select from all available channels on the network and create an individual stereo mix for headphones, in-ear monitors and (powered) loudspeakers.

Each channel includes volume, tone control, effects send, pan, solo and mute. There’s also mixing via any web browser device (iPad, Mac, PC, smartphone, etc.).


Allen & Heath ME-1

For use with up to 40 sources from the company’s dLive, iLive, GLD Series and u digital consoles, and with the ME-U hub, it can be utilized with other digital mixers via Dante, EtherSound or MADI. There’s also an Aviom compatibility mode.

Sixteen (16) backlit keys can be assigned to a single source (mono or stereo) or to a group. Preset store/recall is enabled or disabled per key.

Levels, pan, mutes and key assignments can be stored and recalled, while presets for different bands and application scenarios can be copied to USB key, or the whole configuration saved.


Roland Pro AV M-48

Enables control of up to 40 audio channels via 16 stereo groups, with the mix tailored via built-in reverb, limiter, EQ, pan, and volume.

User settings can be controlled, saved and recalled from Roland V-Mixers or a PC with control software. The M-48 includes a range of input and output connections, along with an ambient microphone.

With an existing console, connect the M-48 along with the S-1608 (16-channel) or the S-4000S (40-channel) digital snake to utilize the complete system. For digital consoles, the S-MADI REAC Bridge makes the connection.


Aviom A360

Offers a 36-channel mix engine that can be used to mix up to 16 mono or stereo channels, plus mono or stereo ambience and the Dual Profile Channel.

Each A360 in a system can use the default channels or audio channels can be selected/assigned individually, drawing from a network pool of up to 64 channels. Adjustments are provided for volume, tone, and reverb, and there’s also a proprietary Stereo Placement pan-spread control.

Ambience can be added by using the onboard ambient microphone or network audio channels. Audio is delivered using Aviom’s A-Net protocol as well as Dante.


Pivitec e32

A 32-channel personal mixer that can be rack- or mic stand-mounted. Wireless control via iPad or iPhone is handled with the V2Mix Pro app for iOS.

The e32 includes a high-output headphone amp and stereo line outputs for integration with wireless in-ear monitoring systems. Interfaces include ADAT, MADI, Yamaha MY, analog, and most recently, AVB (IEEE 802.1 network Ethernet connectivity).

Mix capabilities include user-assignable “custom” fader bank; +/- 1 dB fader controls; linking of stereo channel pairs; solo, mute and pan, and stereo link per channel; 16 mix presets; and master section with volume, 3-band EQ and limiter.


Digital Audio Labs Livemix

MIX-16 and MIX-32 are 1R units that function as the “brain” of the Livemix system, supporting 16 and 32 total mixes, respectively. They supply mix streams as well as power to the connected CS-DUO personal mixers, receiving input data over a network cable, either from a AD-24 analog input rack box or a Dante network.

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CS-DUO can provide two discrete mixes per unit, and in addition to mix capabilities, it includes built-in ambient mics, effects on every channel and a metronome. A proprietary MirrorMix function allows use of a CS-DUO to listen to and adjust the mix of any other personal mixer in the system.


dbx Professional PMC16

Allows the user to create a custom mix from 16 channels of audio. The mixer section provides control of levels, panning, effect send levels, muting, and soloing.

Lexicon reverb is also onboard. The output processing section includes stereo width control, wedge monitor compensation EQ, high and low master EQ, master level control, and dbx limiting.

The Setup Wizard accommodates level metering, channel grouping, and 16 preset locations for future recall. It’s designed to be used with the dbx TR1616, a 16 x 16 digital I/O, or any other BLU link compatible device.