New Venue Avid S3L features networked architecture in a compact package


Avid has introduced the new Avid S3L, a Venue system with scalable remote I/O, a compact EUCON-enabled control surface, and of course Pro Tools software and HDX.

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Avid press release:

“Avid S3L delivers all of the renowned qualities that Avid live sound users have come to rely on in an all-new networked architecture,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Services at Avid. “This innovative system provides our customers with unmatched openness, flexibility, and efficiency to deliver their best sounding mixes anywhere, now and in the future, with uncompromising reliability and performance.”

Key S3L features include:

Advanced, ultra-flexible system architecture
o HDX-powered floating-point mix engine for uncompromising performance
o Fault-tolerant Gigabit Ethernet network connects all devices using open AVB Ethernet and EUCON standards
o Total modularity—system can be configured with up to four Stage 16 remote boxes (up to 64 mic inputs)
o Ultra-compact design fits anywhere and transports with ease—perfect for fly gigs and bus tours
o Pro Tools and other DAW control using the S3 control surface as a EUCON controller (feature coming soon)

Proven VENUE software
o On-board Pro Tools AAX plug-ins from Avid and third-party developers to re-create the sound of the studio in a live setting
o 64 channels of direct recording/playback to Pro Tools (or other DAW) through a laptop Ethernet port
o Direct stereo recording/playback with any standard USB flash drive
o Total VENUE show file compatibility with all Avid live systems
System Configurations

The S3L System will be available in a variety of configurations for different I/O needs, from 16 to 64 inputs. According to the press release, all systems will include:

o S3 control surface
o E3 engine
o One or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes
o VENUE software
o Pro Tools software
o Plug-in bundle
o Cables, accessories, and guides

Avid S3L will be available at Avid resellers worldwide in Q3. Avid S3L starts at $17,995 GRP.

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