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Avid unveils two new audio control surfaces

These new products were introduced at Avid Connect in Nashville (which is part of the Summer NAMM Show), and will be available later this year

Avid S4

At Avid Connect Live Nashville at Summer NAMM 2019, which began July 18 and ends July 20, Avid launched two new audio control surfaces—the Avid S4 and Avid S1— for professionals at smaller facilities and project studios.

Avid S4 brings the functions of Avid’s Pro Tools | S6 control surface to a more affordable level, and in an ergonomic, more compact package, for audio professionals and small- to mid-size music and audio post facilities. It can integrate with any EUCON-enabled DAW, such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software.

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.

S4 provides extensive visual feedback, with the ability to display everything from channel metres, groups, EQ curves, and automation data, to scrolling high-res Pro Tools waveforms, which can be edited right from the surface. The semi-modular surface gives users the flexibility to build the ideal system for a specific workflow, from eight to 24 faders, with the ability to add displays, joystick, post, and knob modules.

The Avid S1 is said to deliver like one of Avid’s high-end consoles – providing the hands-on speed, precision, and software integration needed to deliver good mixes – but in a portable, slimline surface, again at a cost-effective price.

From recording and editing tracks, to mixing and monitoring in stereo or surround, S1 provides the comprehensive control and visual feedback to accelerate any music workflow. Like the S6 and S4, the  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. 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. It includes features from responsive motorised faders and knobs to touchscreen workflows and Soft Keys.

“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,” said 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.”

These products will be available in late 2019.