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Avid VENUE | S6L Deployed For Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rat Sound's FOH Sean “Sully” Sullivan and recording engineer Jason Gossman selects flagship system to mix and capture “The Getaway” World Tour.

By PSW Staff June 15, 2017

Sully mixes the Getaway World Tour on Avid's flagship console

Avid announces that front of house engineer, Sean “Sully” Sullivan, has chosen its flagship live sound system, Avid VENUE | S6L, to mix front of house for the Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway World Tour.

Powered by the MediaCentral Platform, the Avid VENUE | S6L gives Sullivan the flexibility and performance to meet the demands of one of the biggest tours of the year.

Until now, the Chili Peppers’ tours have been mixed on an analog console, but with the help of sound provider Rat Sound, Sully recently transitioned to the Avid digital live sound system, part of Avid’s tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimize media. A second S6L system is used backstage by recording engineer Jason Gossman, who mixes the recordings the next day before uploading them to the band’s website to be sold as MP3s.

“We can achieve much better results with digital due to the options the architecture provides—you have endless possibilities,” says Sullivan, who mixes for some of the world’s biggest artists, including Rihanna and the Beck. “My first time hearing the full band was in front of a crowd. The house lights went off and it was time to go. It’s not how I typically like it to go, but since they sent me recordings of shows, the power of S6L’s Virtual Soundcheck made it easy. For me, Virtual Soundcheck is the biggest game-changing event in live sound since the beginning—it’s that big of a deal.”

Sullivan and Gossman have both been longtime users of Avid VENUE live systems, and immediately appreciated Avid VENUE | S6L’s new preamp design and extended headroom. Sullivan shares, “Not to say that the Profiles were bad, but the S6Ls are obviously better. That’s where I think the biggest difference is. Avid has upped the game as far as the input quality goes.”

“Every year, our distinguished live sound customers rely on Avid’s powerful tools and workflow solutions to tackle the biggest tours around the world,” says Jeff Rosica, president at Avid.

Avid VENUE | S6L is a fully modular, flexible live sound mixing system that delivers functionality for a range of live sound mixing applications, including front of house, monitor, broadcast, theater, and more. Offering over 300 processing channels, S6L delivers performance and reliability through its advanced engine design, backed up by modern touchscreen workflows and the scalability to easily handle large, complex tours and events.

Like all Avid VENUE systems, S6L provides Pro Tools integration and on-board plugins, with higher track counts and more processing power than ever before. With an array of network and I/O offerings, users can easily configure the system to meet the demands of any type of show.



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