German heavy metal band Accept, which has been touring the globe for more than three decades, is now utilizing a highly portable system with an AVB (Audio Video Bridging) backbone.
The band sought an agile, mobile solution that would deliver consistent performance at each tour stop, regardless of location, with easy transport and set-up; fitting all of the pieces into luggage was a must.
To combat excessive stage volume, Accept paired its Avid mixer with the Pivitec monitor mixing system, which is a networked audio solution that supports just about any audio interface or console and offers advanced control from a range of native iOS and desktop apps.
The Pivitec network interfaces with AVB compatible Mac or PC computers for recording, playback and virtual sound check. This standards-based Ethernet AVB networking solution also offers Accept a future-proof way to take advantage of next-generation compatibility with hardware and software from other manufacturers.
The Extreme Networks Summit X440-8p switch is the first network switch to pass AVnu certification and enables reliable real-time audio and video transmission over Ethernet via AVB for high-definition and time-sensitive multimedia streams. Accept is also able to utilize Cat-5 cables to replace cumbersome analog snakes.
“Before we began using the AVB touring rig we had to rely heavily on local gear, which was different every time,” says Wolf Hoffmann, guitarist for Accept. “It easily took a couple of hours per day just to get acquainted with the products and set the entire system up. On top of that was the need for lengthy sound checks so that we could determine if the piece-mealed gear was running correctly.
“Now with our AVB-powered system we have experienced drastic time savings,” he continues. “We take advantage of advanced virtual sound checks which allow us to run recordings from the previous night, listen to the channels and check the sound quality easily and efficiently from the front of the house.”
Accept’s entire touring rig, including amps, is packed neatly into approximately 10 bags, all small and weighing in at 50 pounds or less. The group has integrated other elements from its presentation, including lighting controls.
“We definitely are an ‘old school’ rock band, but we’ve been around the block,” concludes Hoffmann. “Most people don’t associate us with cutting edge technology. Incorporating this AVB-driven touring rig has been a huge success and motivated us to continue to explore and play with high-tech solutions that elevate our performances. AVB has certainly had a huge impact on the experience we deliver. The quality is just mind blowing.”