When the time came for Thai company PTT to install a new press conferencing room with premium-grade technology, they reached out to professional audio company Sonos Libra for design and installation services. With the company needing a digital mixer capable of supplying 64 channels and offering Dante and Crestron integration with outstanding audio quality, Nattapoom Pumipuntu, Project Manager at Sonos Libra, opted to build the system around Allen & Heath’s 96kHz Avantis mixer.
The mixing console provides PTT with a flexible and powerful heart of their audio system - boasting continuity UI and extensive I/O options that suit the multipurpose venue. Additionally, Allen & Heath’s free Custom Control software enables highly customisable cross-platform control of the Avantis from iOS and Android devices as well as Windows and Mac computers.
The room hosts many gatherings, from board meetings through to VIP events and conferences, and even live music and entertainment. Avantis offers all the functionality and customization needed without compromising the ease of use.
Dante networking, via a Dante 64x64 card fitted in the Avantis, provides full integration with the PTT’s Crestron NVX system used to integrate their audio and visual network streams throughout the facility. A DT164-W expander that PPT included in their audio package also connects to the console via Dante, providing 16 microphone preamps and four line outputs in an inobtrusive wall-mount format.
There are multiple DT02 output expanders around the room, which serve as cost-effective, compact Dante interfaces providing two XLR outputs where needed on the Dante network. The interfaces are excellent for a wide variety of fixed installations such as PTT’s where flexibility is required in the positioning of active speakers and other playback hardware within a building or room.
When the venue is in use as a conferencing room, the AMM (Automatic Mic Mixer) feature on Avantis is regularly utilised for more than 40 mic channels. The AMM supplies a zero-latency solution for mixing speech applications such as meetings, conferences, broadcast and panel discussions.
“I was really surprised how easily the Avantis was integrated within the Crestron control system,” commented PTT’s in-house audio technician, “but also how having Custom Control could bypass the use of the Crestron system and dig into more advanced functions when needed. The superb audio quality when played through our Adamson sound system is impressive, and I would go so far as to say the upgraded conference room could be the best multipurpose room in the country.”