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Avid Debuts New Control Surfaces

New surfaces expected to hit in late 2019.

Nashville, TN (July 22, 2019)—At Avid Connect Live Nashville at Summer NAMM 2019, Avid launched the Avid S4 and Avid S1—new audio control surfaces intended for use in smaller facilities and project studios.

Expected to street in late 2019, the S4 draws from Avid’s Pro Tools | S6 control surface for a more compact package. Meanwhile, the Avid S1 reworks the speed and software integration of Avid’s high-end consoles into a portable, slimline surface.

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Designed for small- to mid-sized music studios and audio post facilities, Avid S4 is intended to provide an integrated experience with any EUCON-enabled DAW, such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software. S4 also enables engineers to 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.

S4 provides 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 configurable, semi-modular surface allows users to create a system from 8 to 24 faders, with the ability to add displays, joystick, post and knob modules.

Avid S1 is intended to provide enough control and visual feedback to speed up music workflow. Like the S6 and S4, the new S1 is powered by EUCON to offer integration with Pro Tools and Media Composer, plus native support for third-party applications such as Logic Pro, Cubase, Premiere Pro, and more.

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With 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. Other features include motorized faders and knobs, touchscreens and Soft Keys for completing complex tasks with a single touch.

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