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UK’s First Avantis Console Goes to Church

Welcome Church recently completed a major audio renovation, gaining a new Allen & Heath Avantis console in the process.

Woking, UK (March 16, 2020)—Welcome Church in Woking, UK, recently upgraded its audio system, and with that, became the first site in the UK to install an Allen & Heath Avantis console.

Supplied by AV company SFL, an Avantis console fitted with a Dante card for multi-track recording is located at FOH, while 14 ME-1 personal mixers are used for the worship band’s IEMs, providing each musician with control over their own mixes. The Church also deploys GX4816 and DX168 expanders for further remote I/O expansion.

Innovations: Allen & Heath Avantis Digital Mixing Console

Hosting two Sunday services each week for its growing congregation and providing meeting spaces and activity groups for local children, the church decided to renovate its existing building, while constructing and expanding into a new auditorium located at the back of the property.

With limited time before their next service, the team wanted to get the new system up and running as quickly as possible and within hours of receiving and getting hands-on with the console, the production team had connected and configured their entire ecosystem.

“We had three services to run to around 500 people per session that day, so we were under quite a bit of pressure to get the Avantis up and running in time,” said Charles C, Production Lead at Welcome Church Woking. “The desk was used pretty much straight out of the box and within three hours, we had unboxed, connected and configured the ME-1s, Dante outputs for recording and various other nuances and, most importantly, had a working mix.”

That was aided by the fact that the audio team had more than a passing experience with previous Allen & Heath desks. “As an organization that has a lot of volunteers, we needed a system that had an easy-to-use, yet professional workflow, but also had access to other, in-depth features and processing tools,” said C. “Avantis has a similar workflow to the previous A&H desks we’ve owned, such as the GLD and SQ, but incomparable benefits such as the channel count, processing, displays and design, to name a few.”

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