Avid Announces Upgrades For S3L Mixing System

Avid has announced performance enhancements for the Avid S3L mixing system to foster more flexible, efficient workflows in live sound and studio applications

“The latest S3L system enhancements deliver faster, more flexible workflows and significant cost savings,” states Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Avid. “When combined with Pro Tools for recording and mixing, the S3L helps us deliver on the Avid Everywhere vision for the media industry by giving customers powerful tools for creating, sharing, and monetizing media more effectively than ever before.”

The update provides I/O sharing and gain tracking across multiple S3L systems, and greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts and VCA and Group Spill. It also enables use of the S3 control surface standalone to mix Pro Tools (and other DAW) sessions, as well as an updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins.

When used together, Pro Tools and the S3L deliver tightly integrated recording and mixing control of live or in-studio productions. As they’re run on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, users have access to the Avid Marketplace where they can network, collaborate with other media professionals and monetize their work.

The enhancements to the S3L are powered by software updates, VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2, and include:

—I/O tracking and gain sharing.

—Sharing of audio source feeds from one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes between up to three S3L systems over Ethernet AVB. This enables engineers to take multiple S3L systems on the road but only have to carry one set of I/O boxes. Gain tracking intelligently manages gain levels across all networked systems to provide each user on the network with full independent control of input gain.

—Improved surface navigation and mixing.

—Improved surface operation, navigation and visual feedback, speeding up workflows with user-definable fader layouts, VCA and Group Spill, and more.

—Ability to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions using the S3 control surface.

—The S3 control surface as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON-enabled digital audio workstation, meaning that a performance can be mixed down in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop.

—Updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins.

—Support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving customers access to all the latest effects and sound processors available.

VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates will be available in Q3 2014 to current and new S3L customers at no cost through their Avid customer accounts.


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