Avid has introduced the compact Pro Tools | S3 desktop control surface, a streamlined mixing solution. Based on the Pro Tools | S6 control surface, the S3 offers open integration with Pro Tools | Software and other EUCON-enabled digital audio workstations like Logic Pro, Cubase, and more.
By combining traditional console layout with the advancements of the S6, Pro Tools | S3 delivers intuitive recording, editing, and mixing control, along with the power and efficiency to meet fast turnaround times.
The compact form factor fits into any space, making Pro Tools | S3 well-suited for small project studios or on-the-go music and post mixing.
Users can customize the surface to their unique needs by creating custom channel layouts, all recallable at any time. Pro Tools | S3 can switch between two applications with ease, giving users the choice to work however they want.
Pro Tools | S3 easily integrates with solutions across the Avid MediaCentral Platform, as well as a studio’s existing systems and workflows to deliver deep hardware/software integration and control.
Hardware controls include:
—16 channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive, motorized fader and 10-segment signal level meter (supports up to 6 fader banks)
—32 touch-sensitive, push-button rotary encoders for panning, gain control, plug-in parameter adjustments, and more (16 channel control, 16 assignable), each with a tricolor LED function indicator
—32 high-resolution OLED displays for viewing track names/numbers, detailed metering data (from mono to 5.1 surround), parameter names/values, current automation mode, and more
—Solo, mute, channel select, and record/automation-enable keys on every channel
—Touch strip provides easy access to transport controls
—Dozens of dedicated buttons and switches for navigation, automation, control assignment, and software control
—Built-in 4 x 6 AVB Core Audio interface includes 2 XLR mic/line inputs, 2 TRS line inputs, 2 XLR line outputs, 2 TRS line outputs, and a stereo headphone output
“In today’s competitive post and music mixing environment, shrinking budgets and tighter schedules are commonplace,” says Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “To succeed, audio professionals need to streamline and accelerate their workflow, as well as broaden the scope and capabilities of their mixing solutions to handle the most sophisticated projects. The affordable Pro Tools | S3 delivers the power, efficiency, and versatility engineers need to deliver fast turnarounds in the most demanding environments.”
Avid Pro Tools | S3 will be available November 2014 through Avid resellers worldwide.