Pro64 Tours with One Night With Janis Joplin

The second summer tour of Randy Johnson’s One Night with Janis Joplin is currently running at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, and it is now destined for Broadway this September. This summer’s tour featured an Aviom Pro64 digital snake as the audio backbone between the stage and the front-of-house Yamaha® M7CL-48 console. Sound Designer for the show, Carl Casella of Sound Associates, chose Aviom to distribute the audio because a common element between the show’s stops—The Pasadena Playhouse and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater before coming to the Arena Stage—was the Yamaha console.

Casella had used the Pro64 digital snake with a Yamaha console before on a tour of The Jersey Boys and says, “It is really convenient, and I like the way it sounds.” He chose the Pro64 digital snake for One Night with Janis Joplin because it was easily transferable from one theater to another. According the Casella, “The system has been flawless. When it works flawlessly, we just don’t have to think about it.”

The system for One Night with Janis Joplin consists of two 6416Y2 A-Net Cards in the Yamaha M7CL-48 and two 6416m Mic Input Modules on stage along with two 6416o Output Modules for returns. Replicating this setup at each theater was simple, so there was no need for Casella to recreate the technical design for the show in each city. Each theater already had a Yamaha console, and the Pro64 digital snake allowed them to customize the stage setup in the ways that they wanted and needed.

For a show that celebrates such an important rock legend, exceptional sound is essential. Casella explains, “No digital snake is truly neutral; all of them color the sound in some way. The Pro64 digital snake does so in a way that I like.”

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