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Avid Pro Tools and S6

As an Avid Elite Partner, we can provide industry-leading solutions for audio, video and storage.

Avid Pro Tools and S6

As an Avid Elite Partner, we can provide industry-leading solutions for audio, video and storage.

Media production and storage workflows, all in once place

Why come to Jigsaw24 for your Pro Tools hardware? As an Avid Elite Reseller for audio (as well as video and storage – one of only two resellers in the whole of the UK with all three stripes), we work closely with Avid to facilitate entire media production and storage workflows, all in once place.

We also have more Avid Certified Support Representatives on staff than any other UK reseller, so there’s always someone on the end of the line who understands your system, should you need any help. And if you want to try before you buy, you can book a demo of Pro Tools | S6, S4 or S3 to see how your studio could benefit from the latest hardware – just hit the button above or give us a call.

Pro Tools | S6

Overview

The Pro Tools | S6 controller is the 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.

Revolutionary modular design

S6 is built to grow with you and your business. With a first of its kind modular design, the surface can be customised with the modules you need for your workflow, allowing you to expand horizontally and vertically in a cost-efficient manner. You can choose a pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surface if they have the options you need or customise an M40 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 multi-point touchscreen. And see every detail of your mix with unprecedented visual feedback, including waveform scrolling.

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: exceptional, dynamic performance that lets you deliver the best sounding mix possible on time, every time.

Key features

  • Improve cost efficiency by customising the surface to include only the modules you need.
  • 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 over an Ethernet network.

The end of ICON support

Avid officially withdrew support for ICON D-Control and D-Command hardware in 2018, meaning you can't get technical support for these consoles, and there’s no reliable Avid stock of replacement parts if something fails.

Now is a good time to consider upgrading your ICON to ensure that you’ll still get the support you need (and benefit from the S6 and S4's powerful features).

Pro Tools | S4

S6 power. Compact form factor.

Avid’s S4 console is packed with high-end features, putting a huge amount of power within arm's reach. Compact CSM modules allow for more functionality in a smaller form factor than the S6 M40, while the ability to add up to four display modules is ideal for anyone who relies on metering and visual feedback.

S4 users can install up to two dedicated S6 knob modules as focus knobs. This means it's easy to spread out all the controls for your plug-ins to make detailed parameter adjustments.

Flexible modules

As well as supporting monitor modules that were previously only available with the M40, the S4 supports joystick modules for ergonomic access to panning control (whether static or automated) to speed up mixing in surround and immersive formats. Users can also add a Master Post Module if they want to emulate a traditional film monitor panel as part of their feature film mixing workflow. With the Post Module, you can switch quickly between input and recorded audio, while also gaining the ability to punch in and use solo/mute buttons for multiple stems.

Easy expansion

While all S6 consoles require on-site chassis assembly, the S4 comes with a pre-built and loaded chassis, which makes life more convenient and decreases deployment time. Upgrading the S4 as your setup grows is a lot less intimidating than previous models, and integration with new modules is far quicker and easier – just make sure that you purchase a model with at least one spare bay so that you can plug in new modules as needed.

EUCON integration

EUCON integration isn’t new, but it bears repeating quite how many programmes this console will work with. The S4 supports Avid’s video editing software as well as Pro Tools, and is also compatible with Adobe Audition and Premiere, DAD’s DADman, MOTU’s Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo, Trinnov D-MON and Mackie-driven solutions like Ableton live and Propellerhead. If you need a flexible, multi-purpose mixing space, a EUCON desk is the obvious choice.

Pro Tools | S3

Overview

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 their mixing capabilities. 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.

Expand your capabilities

Based on the award-winning Avid S6 control surface, the S3 features open integration with Pro Tools software and other EUCON-enabled DAWs such as Logic Pro, Cubase and more.

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

Work the way you want

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

Engineers can customise the surface 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 any 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.

Key features

  • 6 channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive, motorised fader and 10-segment signal level meter (supports up to six 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 for easier access to transport controls.
  • Dozens of dedicated buttons and switches for navigation, automation, control assignment, and software control.
  • Built-in 4x6 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

Pro Tools | S1

Small form factor, massive power

The S1 can sit comfortably between your display and keyboard (and will fit in a backpack when you’re on the move), but it packs enough controls for you to move away from point and click mixing for good.

Motorised long throw faders and push-top, touch-sensitive knobs provide a tactile link to your mix, while Soft Keys enable you to perform complex tasks like Bank, Mute, Nudge and Record-enable with a single press. Eight OLED screens give you all the status information you need, or you can combine the S1 with Pro Tools Dock and an iPad for detailed visual feedback on larger mixes.

Surprising scalability

The size and price point of the S1 make it a great choice for multi-purpose agencies and facilities, where audio projects need to be of high quality but are not currently a massive percentage of your work – it gives you just enough to create a complex, professional mix without taking up too much of your space or budget.

If your business outgrows the initial eight faders, you don’t have to go straight out and invest in a larger, more expansive desk. Simply link up to four S1 units together to give yourself a total of 32 faders and knobs.

Control app integration

Avid’s Control app is coming to Android! After spending a few years exclusive to iPad, the popular Control app is heading to the Play Store, where you’ll be able to download it to any Android tablet and use it with your S1 and a Dock.

The Control app is a great addition to your S1, offering a large, clear display for everything from track names, parameter values and automation to monitoring and metering. In fact, you’ll be able to access all the same visual feedback as someone using the high-end S6 M40, with the exception of waveforms.

EUCON support

Like all of Avid’s consoles, the S1 uses the EUCON protocol to communicate with Pro Tools. But actually, a huge range of software supports EUCON integration, and you can continue using the S1 if you move projects into Cubase, Ableton, Propellerhead, Logic Adobe Audition and more – even video editing apps like Media Composer and Premiere can be controlled through your S1 interface. This means that however your studio develops, your S1 will be able to adapt.

Pro Tools | Dock

Overview

The Dock is based on the advanced touchscreen workflows on the Master Touch Module on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6. Both systems demonstrate the philosophy that mixers need the best of physical faders, knobs and switches in conjunction with touchscreen technology for things like fast navigation, metering, and on-screen plug-in control – a true hybrid approach.

When the Dock is paired with Pro Tools | S3, you gain complementary and enhanced functionality with the dedicated automation switches, transport controls, weighted aluminium jog wheel, colour-coded Soft Key switches and more. Mixing deadlines have met their match!

Super channel view

The Dock’s eight soft knobs can be used to control parameters like EQ, Dynamics, Panning and Sends on the Attentioned (focused) channel – just like the S6 Master Touch Module. This new ‘super’ Channel view on Pro Tools | Control is also now available in the free iOS app!

Soft keys

A highly requested enhancement, that will also be free to all Pro Tools | Control App users, is the colour-mapped Soft Keys larger view. The two rows of LED colour-coded buttons on the Dock change colours and map to the Soft Keys in the smaller view on your iPad lining up directly underneath the matching soft button on screen.

Ethernet connectivity

iPad and the Pro Tools | Control app are also now qualified to work as a wired direct connection to your Ethernet network with two adaptors from Apple (the wired Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor + USB 2 to Ethernet Adaptor) for connection of an Ethernet cable.

Want to know more?

Get in touch to speak to an expert about Pro Tools, or book a demo at our Soho centre to see our full Avid Pro Tools systems for yourself. Call 03332 409 210, email audio@Jigsaw24.com, or pop your details in the form below and one of the team will get in touch to discuss further.

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