Elite Core Audio Knowledge Base

Sure you can. If you use an Aviom input module (the AN-16i), the connection will be very simple. Connect the Elite Core IM-16 input module to your mixing console using insert points, direct outs, aux sends, or any combination of outputs. Then, use the convenient through/output connectors on the IM-16 to feed the same signals to the Aviom AN-16i using TRS-TRS patch cables. Then connect the Aviom mixers to A-Net out of the AN-16i input module, and connect the Elite Core PM-16 mixers to the Elite Core IM-16 using a DM-8 distributor. Keep in mind that even though the connectors and cabling are the same (RJ45 connectors on Cat5E cables), the wiring protocols are very different, and they are not interchangeable. Keep Aviom connected to Aviom and keep Elite Core connected to Elite Core. It's as simple as letting the two input modules share the same feeds from the console. Another way to connect the Elite Core system to an existing Aviom system is to use an Aviom AN-16o output module. Connect the AN-16o to A-Net anywhere you want it to be located. Using TRS-TRS cables, connect the outputs from the AN-16o to the inputs of the Elite Core IM-16. Then use the DM-8 to distribute the audio and power for your PM-16 mixers. It's a simple and elegant way to add PM-16s to an existing Aviom system.

Yes, there are actually two cards that will work.

First, to connect to our analog IM-16, the MY8-DA96 is a perfect match. It provides 8 balanced outputs through a single DB-25 connector. Two of them can be used to provide a full 16 channels of output through the cards, or use one of them in conjunction with eight more omni outputs using aux sends or subgroups to achieve the perfect balance of direct channels plus mixed channels in the PM-16 system.  Or, if your console has two card slots available, then two of these cards could be used. Here are the specs from Yamaha's website:

Yamaha MY8-DA96 8-Channel 24-bit/96kHz analog line-level output card Features:

Channels: 8 Analog I/O
Resolution: 24-bit
Maximum output level: +18dBu
Connector: D-sub 25 pin x 1
Compatible with the following Yamaha Mixers:

  • 02R96
  • 01V96
  • PM5D-RH
  • PM5D
  • M7CL-48
  • M7CL-32
  • LS9-32
  • LS9-16
  • DM2000
  • DM1000
  • DME64N
  • DME24N
Second, the digital method to connect would be to use the MY-AT ADAT card from Yamaha.  It provides 16 digital outputs and 16 digital inputs via commonly available ADAT optical connections.  Simply use two optical cables to connect from the output of the MY-AT to the input of our IM-16A ADAT interface device.  It's a simple and elegant method of interfacing the PM-16 system to a Yamaha digital console.

Yes! The PM-16 and IM-16 are both designed by Pivitec and built at our factory in McKinney, Texas! We're proud of the fact that we provide jobs to dozens of folks right here on our home soil. The DM-8 is imported from China.

Yes, they're real Neutrik connectors. They are the series that Neutrik brands as "Yongsheng" or "NYS" or "YS" and they are made in the Neutrik factory in Ningbo, China. You can see more about Neutrik's worldwide offices at this link: http://www.neutrik.com/en/neutrik-group.  If you'd lilke to go directly to Neutrik's Yongsheng website, you can click http://www.yongsheng-connectors.com.cn

Absolutely. There are two Ethercon/RJ45 jacks on the back of the PM-16. They're labeled "in" and "out". Simply connect an RJ45 or Ethercon connector to the "in" to supply signal and power to the first PM-16. Then, connect another one to the "out" to provide signal to the daisy-chained mixer. Power for the second mixer won't pass through, so you'll need to use a local power supply for it, and each additional mixer down the line. The Elite Core PM-16PS is the power supply you'll need, and it's readily available as an accessory for your PM-16.

The master graphic EQ sliders on the PM-16 personal mixer have been set to achieve a pure, clean, musical tonality.  They are set at the following frequencies:

Low Shelf - 100Hz

Mid PEQ 2.5kHz 1 Octave

High Shelf - 8Khz

It's really easy to interface our system with the PreSonus board.  Our IM-16 input module has 16 analog line level balanced TRS inputs.  So, simply connect the direct outs from the PreSonus via the DB25 connectors and you're all set.  Additionally, you can use one of the many aux sends available.  A combination of direct outs and aux sends is usually what serves most needs.


  • Step one is to interface your mixer with our IM-16 with a DB25 cable
  • Step two is to run a single CAT5 cable to the stage
  • Step three is to install a DM-8 powered distributor on the stage
  • Step four is to place your PM-16s where you need them and connect to the DM-8

From the beginning, the PreSonus Q-Mix App has been a little confusing to the end user.  Seeing the mixing controls lit up on their iPad or iPhone immediately makes the user think, "Oh.  I'll just plug my headphones into my tablet and I've got my own mix."  However, the Q-Mix App is only a remote control surface.  No audio is being sent through the device.  All the audio is still being routed to the AUX outputs at the mixer.

The PMA can be used as a 'middle component' with your PreSonus mixer and iPad/iPhone allowing you to listen to your Q-Mix through your earphones on stage.  We've created a diagram to illustrate how this works.  It can be downloaded here.

And here is a diagram showing this same setup might be implemented with five separate listening stations:

The PMA Personal Monitor Amp can be used to take a line-level signal directly from an AUX output (either from the board or from a snake return) and amplify the signal to a user's earphones.  We've created a diagram illustrating how you might integrate the PMA into a sound system to feed 5 separate monitor mixes directly to musicians on-stage.  This is a very cheap in-ear monitor solution for churches that are working on a tight budget, but would like to elimate stage noise.

We believe the Elite Core PM-16 system is the best value in high end personal mixing on the market. We've gotten a lot of questions about the best way to connect our premium personal mixers to the popular Behringer X-32. Here's a little info that should help:

The ethernet jack on the back of the X32 is only for connecting the Behringer personal mixing system. It won’t work with any other system. However, there’s an easy way to connect the PM-16 system by using the Behringer X-ADAT card and our IM-16A ADAT input module. It’s a simple and elegant solution.

Check out this video from Behringer, and start at 8:33 to see the part about their X-ADAT card. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7CmUXpKuwI

Once that card is installed in your X-32, use two optical cables to connect to the IM-16A, then connect via ethernet cable to the DM-8 and out to your PM-16s.

Here’s a pic of our IM-16A: https://elitecoreaudio.com/news-articles/2014/01/08/introducing-im-16a-a...

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about interfacing our PM-16 system with your mixer.