Over the last 7 years, Amritsar based rental firm Bhappi Sound has forged a reputation for working with many of the best Punjabi artists including Master Saleem, Yasir Hussain, Gulrez Akhtar, Dilprit Dhillon and many more.

With an increasing number of clients and events on their books, Bhappi Sound knew that an inventory expansion was in order. Rajan Kumar, sound engineer and owner of Bhappi Sound, visited Mohali based AV supplier SOUNDXPERTS with a shopping list of the desired features. After a demo by the SOUNDXPERTS team, Rajan decided to invest in an Avantis and GX4816 expander.

The 64 channel, 42 bus Avantis is built on Allen & Heath’s XCVI FPGA core, providing a 96kHz audio path with variable bit depth and studio-quality internal processing, all with a class-leading latency figure of 0.7ms. A pair of 15.6” Full Hd touchscreens deliver over 206 square inches of screen space, running at a crisp 1080p, to offer a seamless connection between the physical controls and the displays. The GX4816 is a 96kHz audio expander that provides 48 mic preamps, 16 line outputs in a 5U chassis. A pair of DX sockets enable additional expansion via the DX range of expanders from Allen & Heath’s Everything I/O ecosystem of remote expanders. 

“We are seeing more and more mid-size rental companies investing in Allen & Heath consoles like Avantis and dLive to take their business to the next level” says Amninder Waraich, owner of SOUNDXPERTS. “These mixers tick all the boxes when it comes to ease-of-use, reliability, and return on investment.”


Post-sales support was provided by SOUNDXPERTS in conjunction with Allen & Heath’s Indian distributor Sun Infonet, including a training visit from Kallol Nath, Senior Applications Engineer at Sun Infonet.

“We’re seeing Avantis gaining traction in the Indian market due to the winning combination of features and workflow” Kallol says. “And, with the onboard DEEP Processing and dPack option, the team at Bhappi Sound have all the processing they need without any requirement for external hardware.”

“There are several features that we fell in love with, even after just one show” concludes Kumar. “The sound quality and FX options place it above the competition, and the mixer is incredibly easy to use. We are very happy with our choice.”