Set in 8 acres of sprawling parkland in Worli, Mumbai, Nehru Science Centre (NSC) is the largest interactive science centre in India with over 750,000 visitors passing through the doors each year. As well as a science park, planetarium and numerous educational facilities, the NSC houses a 917 capacity auditorium regularly used for conventions, live music, theatre and lectures.

After a Covid enforced two-year closure, and with a full programme of events planned after reopening, the management at NSC decided that it was an auspicious time to bring the in-house audio system up to date, enlisting local audio consultancy OdBle to specify a system capable of serving NSC’s needs well into the future.

“Nehru Centre Auditorium is a prestigious venue for the presentation of concerts, plays, conferences and other cultural events” commented an NSC official. “We asked OdBle to specify a mixer capable of the highest quality sound whilst retaining ease-of-use, and based on their recommendation we purchased the Allen & Heath Avantis.”

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Avantis is a 64 channel, 42 bus mixer built around the XCVI FPGA processing core, delivering 96kHz operation with ultra-low 0.7ms latency, and is compatible with the full Everything I/O range of audio expander hardware. With a massive 206 square inches of screen space operating at 1080p Full HD resolution, Continuity UI offers a seamless connection between the physical controls and the displays: the faders react on touch to immediately highlight the active channels for instant visual feedback; the channel rotaries let you work gains or pans, then at the touch of a button, dynamically fold the display to show EQ or compressor parameters across the whole bank; and each screen also features a FastGrab tab on the right-hand side, giving you split-second access to key freely-assignable parameters like aux sends, EQ, compressor and FX on the currently selected or specific channel.

The Avantis was called into musical action shortly after installation, mixing a show by renowned Marathi Singer Rahul Deshpande and his band for the annual Vasantotsav event celebrated throughout India.

“The in-house technical team enjoyed the on-site training we delivered and were quickly up and running with the console,” says Jagdish Mutke, Senior Application Engineer at Allen & Heath distributor Sun Infonet. “The staff at NSC appreciated the improved audio quality and ease of operation with the new mixer. The Avantis’ tag line ‘It’s a Small Step to a Giant Leap’ seems very fitting for the upgrade at Nehru Science Centre!”