Allen & Heath has announced the release of Avantis firmware V1.1. This is a major update bringing additional features to the 64-channel digital mixing platform. Included in the update are new Director software, new dPack processors and several enhancements, as well as workflow improvement.
Avantis Director software is a free Windows and Mac OS application that enables offline editing and online control capabilities. Offline mode can be used for the creation and editing of show files and system configuration, as well as serving as a training tool for new users. Online mode delivers remote control of the mixer, freeing the engineer from the mix position to make changes from anywhere in the venue.
More processors from the flagship dLive system have been added to the dPack add-on bundle, including OptTronik, Hypabass and Transient Controller (all free to existing dPack owners). The latest in the DEEP family of compressors, OptTronik brings the sound of a legendary electro-optical compressor to Avantis with low-latency operation. In the FX Rack, Hypabass enables the engineer to add both infra-bass and sub-bass frequencies to a signal. Meanwhile, Transient Designer is designed to provide a wide range of sound shaping possibilities via the manipulation of the attack and sustain envelopes of the signal.
Additional functions include the introduction of LCR+ mode for enhanced left-center-right mixing, Solo-In-Place functionality, and new routing and patching options for more advanced processing and monitoring applications.
“In the face of a challenging year, Avantis has proven itself a huge success in houses of worship, theatres, venues and for live streaming, thanks in part to its extensive ecosystem of I/O, option cards and control apps,” says Jack Kenyon, Avantis Product Specialist at Allen & Heath. “Avantis Director completes the system with comprehensive offline editing and further extends the control possibilities. As we look forward to live events returning over the course of the year, Director ensures that Avantis is ready to rock in any application.”
Go here to download Avantis V1.1.