Features

New features

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VENUE | S6L now offers more component options to configure and scale a system to meet any production, space, or budget requirement. Take control of your mix with a choice of five surfaces—including the new compact 24-fader S6L-24C (available now) and upcoming S6L-48D and S6L-16C surfaces—that offer from 16–48 faders. Power performances and integrate studio processing with a choice of three engines, including the new E6L-112. Get all the ins and outs you need by mixing and matching any combination of four I/O rack options, including the powerful yet portable new Stage 32 and upcoming Local 16. And scale up or down to meet changing control, processing, I/O, and connectivity requirements.

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Mix monitors on your iPhone or iPad

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Wish you could step away from S6L and fine-tune individual monitor mixes on stage? You can with the new VENUE | On-Stage iOS app, which enables you to control Aux master levels, Aux send levels, and Aux pans remotely through its VENUE-style interface. You can even let performers control their monitor mixes using their own mobile device. Best of all, it's a free download from the Apple App Store.

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Get better insight into your mix

With the Meters view on the Master Touchscreen, you can now get an uninterrupted continuous view of your channel metering across all of your S6L console screens. This view provides all of the same functionality as the Meters view on your Channel Touch Modules.

Directly control Waves plugins

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With the new WSG-HD Option Card, you can run Waves SoundGrid systems with Avid VENUE | S6L and experience full unrivaled integration, enabling you to access and control Waves plugins directly from the S6L surface and VENUE software. Just as easily as and right alongside your AAX plugins. It’s super-simple to set up, supports Snapshot automation, and provides full system redundancy for the utmost reliability. You can even open older VENUE (TDM) show files that use Waves plugins right in S6L and have all of your settings ready to go.

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Accelerate monitor mixing

In addition to its On-Stage app support, VENUE 5.6 and later software brings new features and enhancements to S6L to make mixing monitors easier. Access sends or members of a mix quickly with the new Sends on Faders button. Maintain the Aux, Group, Matrix, or VCA master fader position when spilling its members for better efficiency. Set up simple coms by feeding monitor busses A and B to the matrix with other channel types. Get better visibility into VCA members in Meters view. Simplify your channel display to streamline information and gain better control. And more.

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Gain more I/O flexibility

You can now use Avid Stage 16 remote I/O boxes in addition to your Stage 64 rack, giving you more networked I/O distribution flexibility. Each Stage 16 box provides 16 analog inputs, 8 analog outs, and 4 digital outs, making it an ideal compact solution for expanding or distributing I/O across any performance space. Connect up to four Stage 16s and two Stage 64s to support up to 192 analog inputs.

Access key commands faster

Need a quick way to run a system test, lock your console, or shut things down? With the new System button on the Master Touchscreen, you can quickly access such system commands as Shutdown, Info, Update, Lock, and Clear System. And if things aren’t working as expected, the Troubleshooting button enables you to quickly access and run system tests and more, directly from the control surface.

System features

Mix and match any component

The Avid VENUE | S6L unified platform delivers 100% hardware, software, and show file compatibility across the entire line, enabling you to swap control surface, engine, and I/O components in and out for the gig at hand. This also gives you the flexibility of reconfiguring or moving to different S6L systems when you go from, say, an arena tour to a festival to a club tour, and have access to all the same mixing and recording workflows. Plus, you'll have peace of mind knowing that all of your show files will be ready to rock 100% with you—no matter what S6L configuration you're faced with.

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Take intelligent control of your mix

When you’re mixing live, there are no do-overs. You have to anticipate and react fast. With Avid VENUE | S6L, you get instant access to every facet of your mix. View detailed information across high-res displays—in even the brightest outdoor conditions. Access and adjust your mix, including plugins and VCA groups, using the touchscreen and surface controls. And gain insight into every input, aux, and more through the Universe screen.

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Experience unprecedented power

From Broadway to broadcast, many live shows require hundreds of channels. With the VENUE | E6L engine, you have the power to support over 300 processing channels. The real-time processing engine handles all routing, channel, and mixing functions. The HDX-powered DSP engine manages all plugin processing, with full automatic delay compensation, so you can create bigger, better sounding mixes—with no round trips to external servers. Simply put, it outperforms the competition—hands down.

Achieve pristine sound—live

VENUE systems have always been respected for their unprecedented sound quality. The clarity. The warmth. S6L is no different—yet it totally is. And it starts at the source. Every VENUE | S6L I/O rack features the exact same professional-grade build quality, with a high-performance preamp design, so they deliver the same sound quality and clarity no matter which you choose, enabling you to present even higher quality mixes, with incredible presence.

Expand your creativity

Mix with the same sound processors used in top studios to get the sounds you want. Or re-create an artist’s signature studio sound live. Because all S6L configurations support Avid and third-party 64-bit AAX DSP plugins, you’ll have far more creative choices at your fingertips than any other live mixing system. Plus, you’ll be able to use way more plugins in your mix, thanks to the system’s dedicated, scalable HDX-powered DSP processing.

Mix theater productions with ease

Stay on top of every performer, act, and scene with new workflow enhancements that take the stress out of mixing live theater. Add any of the 96 aux sends to your snapshot Scope. Gain greater efficiency with numerous snapshot advancements. And perform complex mixing adjustments with speed and ease thanks to significant updates to the intuitively programmable Events system.

Have peace of mind

VENUE | S6L not only delivers road-tested, industry-proven reliability and the same robust build quality across all of its components, it offers the highest level of service and support in the biz. Even when on the road or in the most extreme environments. All S6L systems now come with three years of Avid Advantage Elite Live support, giving you the highest priority care whenever you need help, 24x7. From ultra-fast response times, to same-day hardware exchange shipping, we’ve got you covered so your show always goes on.

Choose your ins and outs

With a choice of racks and I/O options available, it’s easy to customize your setup for your stage and local needs, as well as for remote I/O distribution. Connect one or more racks and choose from a variety of analog and digital I/O, including mic/line XLR, AES/EBU, and ADAT connectivity. You also have additional local I/O built into each S6L control surface (except S6L-16C) for added flexibility, including 8x8 analog I/O, 8x8 AES I/O (4 pairs), two headphone outputs, MIDI I/O, and GPIO.

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Connect with everything

S6L offers extremely reliable Ethernet AVB connectivity across all system components—no matter how long the cable runs. Put an end to expensive, bulky analog snakes. Use lightweight, inexpensive Cat5e cables for runs up to 100 meters. Or use fiber-optic cable for longer runs up to 500 meters. Need to connect to MADI or Dante devices? Just add option cards to integrate S6L into your existing environment.

Share I/O

Forget fussing with bulky analog splits. You can share the same I/O across multiple networked S6L systems—without any loss of audio quality—saving thousands by reducing I/O and cable requirements, set-up time, and transportation costs. True Gain technology automatically manages gain compensation to ensure the proper signal levels in each engineer’s mix. Plus, any engineer on your network can take ownership of shared outputs on a per-option card basis.

Mix monitors with ease

Help artists deliver great performances. S6L makes it easy to handle dozens of monitor mixes on the fly. Get one-touch access to any mix on the faders, whether in-ear, a wedge, or backline. Integrate Aviom personal monitoring systems over Dante. Monitor two independent stereo solo busses, which can be assigned to a cue belt pack and/or listen wedge. Plus, get two built-in headphone jacks for local monitoring.

Software features

Learn once, mix anywhere

When it comes to live performances, being able to present a high-quality mix quickly is critical. VENUE software makes it easy. As the common platform across all VENUE systems, it speeds up all aspects of live mixing and recording, eliminating complexity, so you can focus more on what matters most—your mix. With S6L, the software sports a new modern, high visibility look, optimized for touchscreen operation. If you’ve mixed on any other VENUE system, you’ll feel right at home.

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Record straight into Pro Tools

Experience the most powerful live recording and playback capabilities in the industry. Create a Pro Tools session automatically from your current VENUE show file in seconds—complete with all track names and patching. Record and play back up to 128 audio tracks through a single Cat5e cable. And control your live mixing and recording rigs as one. With its tight Pro Tools integration, S6L is the perfect front-end into the Avid MediaCentral Platform.

Save time with Virtual Soundcheck

When sound checks get compressed or scrapped, show time becomes stress time. With timesaving Virtual Soundcheck, you can get a head start on your mix using Pro Tools recordings from a previous night’s performance in place of the live mics. Then fine-tune from there. And because it doesn’t require the presence of any performer, it’s also a great way to prep a show, from programming snapshots to experimenting with different plugins.

Boost your efficiency

With Snapshots, you can store and recall console and plugin settings instantly. Set multiple snapshots to handle changes for every song in a set list. Or quickly switch settings for different performers or scenes. You can also trigger time-consuming but frequently performed actions using Events.

Take your mix to go

All VENUE systems use the same software, so you can load any VENUE show file into any S6L system and be ready to rock. This makes it easy to transition from one console to another, like when going from a club tour to a big festival. Just copy your show files to a USB key and load them into S6L. VENUE software adapts the settings to fit within the available hardware and software feature set of the given VENUE system configuration.

Expand your sonic palette

S6L comes with an amazing collection of studio-quality plugins to get you started. But you can expand your library even further by installing renowned plugins from Avid, Sonnox, McDSP, and other top audio designers directly into the system, as well as integrate Waves plugins through the Waves SoundGrid Option Card. From unbelievable emulations of vintage and modern hardware, to a wide array of compressors, EQs, delays, and other sound processors, your creative possibilities are endless.

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