Avid Expands Audio Control Surface Portfolio with New S4 and S1 Models

July 19 2019, 00:45
During its own Avid Connect Live event in Nashville, anticipating another edition of Summer NAMM 2019, Avid unveiled two new audio control surfaces — the Avid S4 and Avid S1 — designed for professionals at smaller facilities and project studios. These incredibly sophisticated, powerful, and versatile modular products provide audio engineers, producers and musicians with the most integrated and yet affordable control solutions, both scheduled to be available later in 2019.

The larger surface, Avid S4, combines the power and existing workflows from Avid’s industry-leading Pro Tools software and the existing S6 control surface to budget-conscious audio professionals and small- to mid-size music and audio post facilities in an ergonomic and more compact package. The compact Avid S1 delivers the unparalleled speed, rich visual feedback, and software integration of Avid’s high-end consoles in a portable, slimline surface that’s an easy fit for any space or budget.

“The Avid S4 and S1 control surfaces open up a world of capabilities never before possible for music mixers, smaller studios and educational facilities, answering our customers’ calls for the power, workflows and key functions of Pro Tools | S6 in more streamlined and affordable in-studio solutions,” says Rob D’Amico, Director, Audio and Video Segment at Avid. “Avid control surface, software, audio I/O, and monitoring capabilities combine to create a professional system with control and flexibility at the user’s fingertips.”

Designed for small- to mid-sized music studios and audio post facilities, the new Avid S4 delivers industry-standard S6 workflows to any editor or mixer. It acts and feels like a physical extension of the software, providing an exceptionally integrated experience with any EUCON-enabled DAW, such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software. The S4 also enables engineers to quickly assign and control talkback, listenback, and speaker sources and levels right from the surface to handle everything from simple cue mixes for music recording to monitoring immersive audio projects.

An evolution of the original S6 modular design, the S4 provides extensive 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 easy-to-configure, semi-modular surface gives users the flexibility to build the ideal system for a specific workflow, from 8 to 24 faders, with the ability to add displays, joystick, post, and knob modules. When paired with Pro Tools | Ultimate, the S4 surface also offers the most efficient hands-on Dolby Atmos mixing in the industry to any room.

The compact Avid S1 gives audio professionals the hands-on speed, precision, and software integration, from recording and editing tracks, to mixing and monitoring in stereo or surround. Like the bigger versions S6 and S4, the S1 provides the comprehensive control and visual feedback to accelerate any music workflow, and is powered by EUCON to offer deep integration with Pro Tools and Media Composer, plus native support for third-party applications such as Logic Pro, Cubase, Premiere Pro, and more. 

With the new S1, users can easily scale the surface as their needs grow. Audio professionals can connect up to four units together — and even add Pro Tools Dock — to create a single extended and integrated surface, which will be the pride of any project studio. From responsive motorized faders and knobs to fast-access touchscreen workflows and Soft Keys for completing complex tasks with a single touch, the S1 provides the speed and versatility to accelerate any music, audio post, or video project.
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