Avid: S6L Live Sound Mixing Platform Expands

by Stage Directions

At a pre-NAB event at the Wynn Las Vegas resort, Avid unveiled a massive expansion to its award-winning Avid VENUE | S6L family of live sound systems, with three new control surfaces, a new engine, and two new I/O racks — all on a unified platform. The new release offers more component options to configure and scale a VENUE | S6L system to meet any production or budget needs. Here's a video introducing the expanded VENUE | S6L system.

Users can take control of their mix with a choice of five surfaces—including the new S6L-48D, S6L-24C, and S6L-16C—that offer from 16 to 48 faders. These control surfaces can be paired with a choice of three engines, including the new E6L-112, and can be connected to any combination of four I/O rack options, including the new Stage 32 and Local 16.

The VENUE | S6L family features the same VENUE software and workflows across every model and all systems feature 100% VENUE show file compatibility and sound quality, regardless of the system configuration.

“The new Avid VENUE | S6L family makes mixing and recording any live production easy, delivering the power and flexibility artists and engineers rely on,” said Avid’s Dana Ruzicka. “With 100% software, hardware, and show file compatibility and interoperability across the entire line, engineers can create the perfect system for any application, and scale the biggest stadium shows down to the smallest after-hours club appearance with ease. And because everything is on the same platform, it enables us to quickly bring new features and components to market.”

New Control Surfaces

  • VENUE | S6L-48D — 48 + 2 faders, 160 assignable knobs, one integrated Master Touchscreen, five integrated Channel Touch Modules
  • VENUE | S6L-24C — 24 + 2 faders, 32 assignable knobs, one integrated Master Touchscreen
  • VENUE | S6L-16C — 16 + 2 faders, 32 assignable knobs

New Engine

  • VENUE | E6L-112 — 112 input processing channels, 48 mix buses + LCR

New I/O Racks

  • Stage 32 — Maximum I/O flexibility in a smaller footprint, with support for 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.
  • Local 16—Expands local I/O capabilities in a compact package with eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs, and eight AES digital I/Os.

Note: Option cards are available as separate purchases.

The new VENUE | S6L components will be demonstrated at NAB booth #SU801, April 9-12; and at Prolight+Sound at booth #G91 in Hall 3.1, April 10-13. Availability is slated for summer 2018.

Further information from Avid: www.avid.com/S6L

The Avid launch pre-NAB 2018 of the expanded VENUE | S6L system