Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Three)

Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Three)

In the third part of this series, we take a look at the different engines and options available, as well as the launch of  Avid Pro Tools | S6 v2.

Engines and options

M40 V M10

Avid S6 M40 Engine

The engine you choose dictates the total number of modules you can include in your S6 and impacts its overall size and customisability. Choose the high-performance M40 for large-scale productions that require maximum channels, high-resolution metering screens, and customisability, or the more affordable M10 for productions that need to fit into smaller rooms and budgets.

Both feature a tilting 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen, eight adjacent rotary encoders, and dedicated knobs and keys for monitoring and global control, enabling you to view, access, and edit different aspects of your mix – such as tracks, processing, and metering – without mousing through menus.

Surface accessories – ergonomic extras to personalise your desk

– Blank panel: Cover empty module spaces with a smooth surface.

– Display VESA arm: Mount your DAW monitor on the surface with an adjustable arm.

– Producer’s desk: Integrate a keyboard and DAW display directly into your control surface.

– Sliding script tray: Hold pen, paper, and your personal devices within easy reach.

– Speaker bridge mount: Place speakers in an optimal position with the S6 frame.

– Sliding keyboard tray: Get hands-on with your computer keyboard wherever you’re sitting.

Avid S6 Accessories

Hot off the press – Pro Tools|S6 v2

Announced today (13th July), here’s what you can expect from the latest instalment of Pro Tools|S6:

– Customisable Spill Zones for layouts, VCA spills and track types.

– Expand zone: Dedicated one or two knob modules for control of attention track.

– Fader flip.

– Automation graphs on CDM waveform displays option.

– Bank justification prefs.

– Save layouts to DAW session.

– Show hidden tracks.

Avid S6 Waveform Automation v2

Want to find out more about booking a demo of the Pro Tools | S6? Drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Two)

Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined (Part Two)

In this part of the article series, we look at the modular design of the Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surface

Modular design

Build your own console

Because S6 can be scaled both horizontally and vertically using an array of surface modules, you can configure it with the modules you need now to fit your budget, with room to expand as your needs grow. Choose one of the pre-configured systems or build your own. Here’s a look at the various modules and other hardware you can choose.

Channel modules

Channel modules provide the control and feedback elements you need from faders and knobs, to processing and metering. All modules feature reliable, high-speed Ethernet connectivity for easy set-up. Whether a pre-configured surface meets your needs or you want to mix and match modules in your own custom creation, here are the modules you can choose:

S6 fader module:

– Eight motorised faders.

– Dual tri-colour LED meters per channel (with gain reduction meter).

– Mute, solo and other switches with colour LEDs.

– Control levels for eight simultaneous tracks.


S6 knob module:

– 32 multicolour LED top-lit knobs (four per channel) 32 OLED displays for labels and visual feedback.

– 11 function select switches per channel with colour LEDs.

– Works in conjunction with the Process Module.

– Control up to 32 simultaneous encoder values; stack two Knob Modules (S6 M40-based surfaces only) to get up to nine knobs per channel.


S6 process module:

– Eight multicolour LED top-lit knobs (one per channel).

– 22 function select switches per channel with colour LEDs.

– Eight OLED displays for labels and visual feedback.

– Provides mode selectors for Knob Modules to control up to nine simultaneous encoder values.


S6 display module:

– 8-channel high-resolution TFT display.

– Integrated single board computer.

– Available only with S6 M40 configurations.

– Provides deep visual feedback, including channel names, audio meters, routing groups, DAW affiliation, scrolling Pro Tools waveforms, and more.


S6 automation module:

This master module is included in all pre-configured systems, but is an optional add when building your own S6 M40-based surface (though you’d probably want one). It features a full transport control section (including a shuttle/jog wheel), focus fader, automation control, colour shortcut displays and switches, a numeric keypad, and more for writing automation and navigating projects.


S6 joystick module:

This master module is an option for both M10 and M40 based S6 systems and offers dual non-motorised, touch-sensitive joysticks for surround sound mixing, enabling you to position sound anywhere within a room. A 3.2-inch TFT display shows current pan and joystick locations. The module also features two multicolour LED top-lit encoders, 16 panning mode switches with colour LEDs, and other panning control switches for controlling positioning, divergence, and more with precision. Plus, four OLED displays provide detailed visual feedback and info. The Joystick Module can also be used to control any other knob parameter on S6 to create a wide range of effects.


S6 post module: 

This master module is an option for both M10- and M40-based S6 systems. Designed for re-recording mixers and other audio post pros, this sound mixing/monitoring master module that enables you to switch between recorded tracks/stems and their inputs and punch into record. It offers two rows of 10 PEC/DIRECT paddles with solo and mute buttons. Each paddle includes a high-resolution OLED display to view track/stem names. You can also spill stems out onto adjacent paddles for individual control and customize Soft Keys on the 3.2-inch TFT. With dedicated monitor controls, the S6 Post Module greatly speeds up workflows, enabling you to quickly switch between monitors and dim, cut, or fold down your mix. And with VCA support on the paddles, you can easily control over 200 tracks to create the biggest, most immersive soundtracks.

Avid S6 Post Module 2016

Take a look at part three of our series, including the launch of Pro Tools|S6 v2.

Want to find out more about booking a demo of the Pro Tools | S6? drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined

Avid Pro Tools | S6: Mixing Redefined

As an authorised Avid Pro Tools | S6 ‘Elite’ reseller, it makes us slightly giddy to announce that we’ve just had a 32 fader/M40 Pro Tools | S6 console installed at our place in Soho. You’ll find our snazzy new piece of equipment in our ‘Steampunk’ demo room where we also have a Dolby Atmos Premix-capable JBL 7.1.4 monitoring system designed to offer the best possible test-drive of the ground breaking S6 in a fully professional real-world mixing environment.

Steampunk S6 2015

Launched in September 2013, the Pro Tools | S6 controller has rapidly become a new industry standard with installs in many of the world’s top professional audio facilities. Leveraging the best of the ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary modular design, S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer. And because it’s built on proven technology, trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, S6 delivers the performance you need to complete projects faster and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.

S6 Features

– Customise the surface with only the modules you need for great cost efficiency.

– Mix faster and easier with intelligently designed controls, touchscreen, and intuitive layout.

– See your mix in a whole new way with detailed visual feedback and professional metering.

– Experience highly responsive, precision control with high-speed EUCON connectivity.

– Scale the system from mid to large format to match your workflow, with room to grow.

– Access and manipulate multiple aspects of your mix through the master touchscreen.

– Extend your control to Logic Pro, Nuendo, and other EUCON-enabled DAWs.

– Configure, scale, and reconfigure the surface easily through the Ethernet network.

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Revolutionary modular design

S6 is built to grow with you at every stage of your business, both now and in the future. With a first of its kind modular design, you can customise the surface with the modules you need to match your current workflow for the greatest cost efficiency, and scale the surface horizontally and vertically as your business grows. Choose a pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surface with the options you need or, with S6 M40, customise the surface even further with different channel control combinations.


Superior ergonomics

S6 acts and feels like a physical extension of your software, providing a truly intuitive and immersive experience. Turn around projects faster with high precision editing and mixing control at your fingertips. Quickly access and edit plug-ins, surround panning, and more with the multipoint touchscreen. And see every detail of your mix with unprecedented visual feedback, including waveform scrolling.


Intelligent studio control

Experience the deep DAW control that only Avid can deliver. Pair S6 with Pro Tools and you gain the Avid advantage of faster workflows, extended visual feedback, and unique features to accelerate your efficiency every step of the way. And extend your control to Logic Pro, Nuendo, and other EUCON-enabled DAWs, enabling you to mix projects on multiple workstations simultaneously and switch out sessions in seconds all from a single control surface.


Proven and trusted technology

S6 delivers incredible workflow acceleration, highly responsive handling, and deep DAW integration – all built on proven technology, trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments. The result: You get the exceptional, dynamic performance you need to deliver your best sounding mix possible on time, every time.


Take a look at part two in our series of articles where we explore its modular design.

Want to find out more about booking a demo of the Pro Tools | S6? drop an e-mail to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Avid Pro Tools | S3 – EUCON for Everyone

Avid Pro Tools | S3 – EUCON for Everyone

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 are major fans of the Avid Pro Tools | S3 Control Surface, the compact, cost effective DAW controller that not only works with Avid Pro Tools, but also any Media Content Creation application that is compatible with the widely available EUCON control protocol.

Avid S3|Pro Tools Dock 2015

The Pro Tools | S3 Control Surface is a streamlined, versatile mixing solution that gives sound engineers the powerful, intelligent control they need to work more ergonomically and efficiently, create the highest-quality mixes, and expand mixing capabilities and job opportunities. When used together, the Pro Tools | S3 and Pro Tools software – deliver the most streamlined, economical, and tightly integrated approach to mixing and recording in smaller-sized studios or mobile settings.

Introducing Avid Pro Tools | S3

The S3 Control Surface is designed to help sound engineers:

– Expand mixing capabilities, and take on a diverse range of projects: Based on the award-winning Avid S6 control surface, the S3 features open integration with Pro Tools Software and other EUCON-enabled digital audio workstations such as Logic Pro, Cubase, and more.

– Meet strict project deadlines: By combining traditional console layout with the proven advancements of the S6, S3 delivers highly intuitive recording, editing, and mixing control—along with the power and efficiency to meet fast turnaround times.

– Mix on-the-go: The compact form factor fits into any space, making S3 ideal for small project studios or on-the-go music and post mixing.

– Work the way they want: Engineers can customise the surface to their unique needs by creating custom channel layouts, all recallable at any time. S3 can switch between two applications with ease, giving users the choice to work however they want, and the capability to take on the largest, most demanding mixes.

– Fit well into any studio and workflow: S3 easily integrates with solutions across the Avid MediaCentral Platform, as well as a studio’s existing systems and workflows to deliver deep hardware software integration and control at a fraction of the price of high-end consoles.


Full hardware controls include:

– 16 channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive, motorised fader and 10-segment signal level meter (supports up to 6 fader banks).

– 32 touch-sensitive, push-button rotary encoders for panning, gain control, plug-in parameter adjustments, and more.

– 32 high-resolution OLED displays for viewing track names/numbers, detailed metering data (from mono to 5.1 surround), parameter names/values, current automation mode, and more.

– Solo, mute, channel select, and record/automation-enable keys on every channel.

– Touch strip provides easy access to transport controls.

– Dozens of dedicated buttons and switches for navigation, automation, control assignment, and software control.

– Built-in 4×6 AVB Core Audio interface includes 2 XLR mic/line inputs, 2 TRS line inputs, 2 XLR line outputs, 2 TRS line outputs, and a stereo headphone output.


EUCON 3.2.2 and Pro Tools | S3 Enhancements:

The latest EUCON improvements and enhancements now include support for Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”. For the Pro Tools | S3, there is now a Soft Key editor that allows users to map their favourite controls and commands onto key areas of the surface. For Pro Tools 12 and higher, the preference for Mix and/or Edit windows to follow surface bank selection is now working—which is the inverse of the existing feature that allows a user to click on a track in Pro Tools and the surface follows. In Pro Tools, go to Pro Tools > Preferences > Mixing to enable the functionality.

Jigsaw24 is proud to be a fully authorised Avid Elite Reseller, the Pro Tools | S3 Control Surface is available to test drive at our Soho demo studios. To find out more, email audio@Jigsaw24.com or give us a call on 03332 409 306.

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