Avid S3L compact live sound system gets updated

May 30 2014, 05:00
Avid announced key performance enhancements to its Avid S3L live sound system with the VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates. “The latest S3L system enhancements deliver faster, more flexible workflows and significant cost savings,” says Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations.

The ultra-portable S3L System consists of a high-performance, HDX-powered processing engine running AAX plug-ins, scalable remote I/O, and a compact EUCON-enabled control surface – all networked together over Ethernet AVB. Now, the Avid S3L live sound system 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.

With the new I/O tracking and gain sharing functions, it is now possible to share audio source feeds from one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes between up to three S3L Systems over Ethernet AVB. This allows using multiple S3L systems on the road but only have to carry one set of I/O boxes, resulting in quicker set-up, less burden on rental inventories, simplified cable management, and reduced transport costs. Gain tracking intelligently manages gain levels across all networked systems to provide each user on the network with full independent control of input gain.

It is also possible to use the S3 control surface standalone to mix Pro Tools (and other DAW) sessions. When used together, Pro Tools and the S3L deliver tightly integrated recording and mixing control of live or in-studio productions. The S3 control surface can be now used as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON-enabled digital audio workstation. This enables an engineer to mix down a performance in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop.

The new VENUE 4.5 software update introduces several enhancements to the surface operation, navigation and visual feedback. The operating system update also includes support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving access to all the latest effects and sound processors available for Pro Tools. The VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates will be available free to current S3L customers.
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