New York, NY (October 7, 2019)—Filling the space between its SQ mixers and flagship dLive consoles, Allen & Heath has released Avantis, its latest digital mixer aimed at venues, houses of worship, touring and more.
Based around the company’s XCVI FPGA engine, the 96 kHz, 64 channel/42 configurable bus console sports twin full HD touchscreens, a variety of I/O options and processing derived from the company’s dLive mixing system. Wrapping all this together is the desk’s Continuity UI, which is intended to create a greater interactivity between screens and physical controls, according to the company.
“You can work gains and pans on the rotaries, then at the touch of a soft key switch to EQ or dynamics across the whole strip,” said Andy Bell, Allen & Heath’s R&D director, who pointed out a configurable FastGrab tab on the right-hand side of each screen, offering another way to access control of aux sends, EQ, compressor and FX on the currently selected channel or spot channel. “Ultimately, with Continuity UI, the engineer decides how they’d like to work, not the mixer.”
Avantis works with the 48 in / 16 out GX4816 audio expander, but can also connect to a range of audio expander hardware, and is also compatible with a variety of the company’s ME Personal Mixers and IP hardware remote controllers.
The system features 12 XLR analog inputs, 12 XLR analog outputs, plus AES (Stereo in, 2x Stereo Out). The desk also has a pair of I/O ports that accept dLive option cards, including Dante (64×64 and 128×128), Waves, gigaACE, MADI and more, expanding the scope for system integration, FoH/monitor splits and multitrack recording.
For engineers, the desk has a variety of onboard compressors, EQs and Allen & Heath’s RackExtra FX units (12 slots). Upgrading to dPack expands Avantis further with additional dLive processing including the Dyn8 dynamics engine (up to 16 instances), DEEP Compressors, and the Dual-Stage Valve preamp.
“In the gap between SQ and dLive, the mixer market is littered with 48kHz DSP-based ‘old-school’ consoles,” says Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s Head of Product. “Avantis brings next-generation performance across the board. Customers in venues, houses of worship, touring and the rental market are going to be seriously impressed by how well this ticks the boxes. It’s a really exciting mixer at a compelling price.”
Avantis’ control surface has an MSRP of $9,999, while the additional dPack add-on is pegged at $1,399 and the GX4816 remote expander runs $3,999.