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Avid Builds Out Venue S6L Family with New Surfaces, Engines

Avid bolsters the S6L digital live mixing system with a cornucopia of new control surfaces and more.

Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2018)—On Saturday at its annual Avid Connect event, Avid unveiled no less than three new control surfaces, a new engine, and two new I/O racks for its Venue S6L family of live sound mixers.

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Dubbed the Avid Venue S6L Modular Platform, the collection is intended to offer surfaces and features that will scale with users’ production needs; as such, the line will have complete software, hardware, and show file compatibility at all levels. The new components are being demonstrated both at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, and at ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany this week.

With the new additions, the S6L family now comprises five surfaces, including the new S6L-48D, S6L-24C, and S6L-16C, that offer from 16 to 48 faders, all of which can be paired with a choice of three engines, including the new E6L-112, and be connected to any combination of S6L’s four I/O rack options, including the new Stage 32 and Local 16.

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The new S6L-48D surface will offer users 48 + 2 faders, 160 assignable knobs, an integrated Master Touchscreen and five integrated Channel Touch Modules, while the S6L-24C will sport 24 + 2 faders, 32 assignable knobs and an integrated Master Touchscreen. The S6L-16C scales down further with 16 + 2 faders and 32 assignable knobs.

The new Venue engine, the E6L-112, will have 112 input processing channels and 48 mix busses + LCR , while among the new I/O racks, the Stage 32 will support a mix of up to 32 inputs and outputs total, choosing from a variety of analog I/O, digital I/O, and Dante card options (available as separate purchases). Meanwhile, the other new I/O rack, the Local 16, will provide eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs and eight AES digital inputs and outputs.

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The new additions, expected to ship this summer, will maintain 100 percent show file compatibility and sound quality, regardless of the system configuration, according to Avid. Using the S6L’s True Gain technology, engineers will be able to share I/O racks across multiple networked S6L systems reportedly without loss of audio quality—a move intended to reduce I/O and cable requirements, setup time and transportation costs.

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