One of the headliners in Amsterdam was undoubtedly Avid’s new S6 control surface, the replacement for the Euphonics System 5 and the recently decommissioned ICON range. Able to control up to eight different EUCON-based DAWs at once and completely modular in design, the S6 allows you to build a powerful control surface that’s completely tailored to your workflow.
Which DAWs are supported?
Basically, anything that is EUCON-based and can be connected to the S6 via Ethernet. A fairly comprehensive list includes:
Where do I start?
The S6 is modular in design, so you can tailor it to fit your needs. You start out with one of two “Master Modules” – these are basically the main processors which drive the whole thing and provide the touch screen for control. You can then attach “Channel Modules” to these to add extra functionality. The larger Master Module is the S6 M40, which can support up to 41 modules and is good for 64 faders, while the smaller S6 M10 is good for up to 24 faders and a total of nine modules. The S6 M40 con control up to eight DAWs, while the S6 M10 can control up to two.
Adding custom modules to your S6
Additional modules available for the Avid S6 M40 and S6 M10
There are four Channel Modules, each of which houses controls for eight channels – a Fader Module (contains eight faders), a Knob Module (32 rotary encoders, all with four multicoloured LEDs per channel for channel identification, and 11 function switches), a Process Module (eight rotary encoders – one per channel, 22 function select switches per channel and an OLED display for track name/function for each channel), and finally the Display Module (M40 only) which handles things like audio metering, waveform display (though this is only available in Pro Tools), routing and more.
In terms of a normal desk, the Fader Module is your faders, the Process Module houses your controls for panning, activating sends, automation modes and inserts, the Knob Module gives you hands-on control of EQ, plug-ins and similar, and the Display Module stands in for your meter bridge. The additional Automation Module includes transport control, focus fader, shortcut (function) switches and a numeric keypad. This equates to the master section on previous consoles.
The S6 system also uses the XMON monitor controller from the previous ICON range, which lets you control speaker volumes, switch between speaker sets and audio sources and provide talkback functions.