Avid has announced the general availability of the Avid S4, its latest audio control surface designed for independent music mixers and smaller audio post and music facilities.
The semi-modular S4 is designed to offer the capabilities of the S6 in a more streamlined and compact control surface. EUCON, the company’s Ethernet control protocol, enables S4 to connect and communicate with Avid and third-party audio, video, and monitoring applications.
S4 is designed to act and feel feels like a physical extension of the software, providing an integrated experience with any EUCON-enabled DAW, such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software. It also enables engineers to quickly assign and control talkback, listenback, and speaker sources and levels right from the surface to handle simple cue mixes for music recording to monitoring immersive audio projects.
S4 provides visual feedback, with the ability to display everything from channel meters, groups, EQ curves, and automation data, to scrolling high-res Pro Tools waveforms, which can be edited right from the surface. The surface is intended to provide users the flexibility to build systems for specific workflows, from 8 to 24 faders, with the ability to add displays, joystick, post, and knob modules. When paired with Pro Tools | Ultimate, S4 brings efficient hands-on Dolby Atmos mixing to any room.
“The Avid S4 is what smaller studios have been waiting for,” says Joe Taupier, president of Westlake Pro. “Music mixers and small studios don’t have to compromise power and efficiency as they’re getting the same mixing power as the larger S6 control surface, but at a budget and size that meets their individual needs. The S4 provides the workflow versatility users need to take on any project – whether it be film, TV, OTT media, commercials or games – and the deep DAW and Dolby Atmos integration required to complete diverse projects on time and on budget.”
The new Avid S4 is now available.