Beats Light & Sound Stay Ahead of the Curve With dLive and Avantis

The Beats Light & Sound team with the dLive S7000 Surface and Avantis console.

Since forming in 1997, Beats Light & Sound has established itself as one of India’s leading AV rental companies and is trusted for large-scale events by renowned artists such as Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Honey Singh and many more.

With an ever-expanding roster of events in the Delhi based firm's diary, it became obvious that their audio inventory required expansion. Sanjay Chaudhary, Managing Director of Beats Light & Sound, called on Sun Infonet, Allen & Heath’s exclusive distributor in India, to help specify and supply two new systems.

“At this point, most Indian Sound Engineers have worked on an Allen & Heath console,” says Kallol Nath, Senior Applications Engineer at Sun Infonet. “With dLive and Avantis rapidly gaining popularity in India, we’re seeing rental companies like Beats Light and Sound investing in these systems to meet the increased demand from engineers.”

To meet this demand the company invested in a dLive system, consisting of an S7000 Surface partnered with a DM32 MixRack, to handle large-scale events. Built around the 96kHz XCVI processing core, all dLive MixRacks provide 128 input channels and a configurable 64 bus architecture for maximum flexibility, with a choice of seven Surface sizes for hands-on control. The S7000 is the largest Surface in the dLive range with 216 assignable fader strips, via 6 layers of 36 faders, and dual 12” touchscreens which seamlessly integrate with the surrounding hardware controls.

Additionally, the company took delivery of an Avantis console to handle events with lower channel counts. Utilising the same XCVI technology as dLive, Avantis offers 64 input channels and 42 configurable mix busses with dual 15.6” full-HD touchscreens delivering a fast and intuitive workflow. As with dLive, the system latency is a class-leading 0.7ms from input to output.

The systems are complemented by a pair of audio expanders, the GX4816 and DX168, from Allen & Heath’s Everything I/O ecosystem. The GX4816 provides high-input-count expansion with 48 mic preamps plus 16 line outputs and can be rack-mounted or freestanding. The DX168 features 16 mic preamps and 8 line outputs in a rugged stage box form factor. Both expanders are compatible with dLive, Avantis and SQ mixers with simple plug-and-play operation.

As well as supplying the system, Sun Infonet provided post-sales support including a training visit from Kallol Nath which was well received by the team at Beats Light & Sound. “Both mixers have a workflow that our engineers absolutely love,” concludes Managing Director Mayank Chaudhary. “The addition of these consoles to our rental stock perfectly fulfils our goal of providing the latest equipment to our customers whilst delivering solid ROI.”