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IBC2014: Avid announces VENUE S3L-X live sound system

Avid announced the launch of the Avid VENUE S3L-X compact live sound system at IBC today.

“Building on the success of the Avid S3L system [pictured] to deliver on the Avid Everywhere vision,” Avid says the new system allows live sound professionals to “more easily meet the increasing scope, size, complexity and diversity of today’s live sound requirements”.

The VENUE S3L-X is designed to be used with Avid’s Pro Tools software. “When used together, Avid VENUE S3L-X and Pro Tools software‹ – both part of the Avid Artist Suite of solutions and powered by the Avid MediaCentral platform – ‹deliver the most streamlined, economical and tightly integrated approach to mixing and recording live productions,” says a statement from the company.

“Live sound professionals face tight budgets, pressure to get more value from their assets, and a multitude of technology choices,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice-president of products and technology at Avid. “When we first introduced the S3L, our customers immediately embraced it at major festivals, clubs and tours for its sheer sound quality, power and mixing creativity. Now, with the Avid VENUE S3L-X, we’re enabling them to use one system for both live sound performance and mixing down final assets to monetise.”

The VENUE S3L-X allows customers to “reduce complexity and cost” by sharing the same I/O across multiple S3L-X systems, with full automatic gain compensation. With support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins and the open EUCON and Ethernet AVB network protocols, the Avid VENUE S3L-X is designed to ensure compatibility with a variety of Avid and third-party products‹ both now and in the future.