Avid accelerates Pro Tools | S6 mixing workflows with new EUCON software

Avid accelerates Pro Tools | S6 mixing workflows with new EUCON software

Avid released a string of announcements as this year’s NAMM Show opened, including Pro Tools 2018, but one of the ones we’re most excited by is the new EUCON software update for Pro Tools | S6.

Debuting at the 2018 NAMM Show today, this update enables customers to use Pro Tools | Control – Avid’s free iOS iPad app – in conjunction with the Pro Tools | S6 control surface to remotely control Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations (DAWs), giving them the flexibility to be anywhere in the studio during a mixing session. They can also operate S6 Soft Keys to control multiple DAWs simultaneously.

“With the new EUCON software, sound engineers now have the freedom to step away from their console and even be in the room with the performer they’re recording,” said Rob D’Amico, Director of Pro Audio Market Solutions at Avid. “EUCON also enables customers to send Soft Key commands to multiple workstations at the same time – perfect for facilities running large rigs with multiple DAWs.”

Powered by MediaCentral, the EUCON software update and the free Pro Tools | Control app let audio professionals control track recording, playback and other transport functions remotely from an iPad when using Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled DAWs. Ideal for capturing ADR and foley performances, it gives users the flexibility to position themselves anywhere in the studio while tracking or mixing a music or audio post session.

The EUCON update also allows audio professionals working on large scale film or TV post sessions to control multiple audio workstations for a faster, more efficient mixing process. Users sending commands from Pro Tools | S6 Soft Keys to all connected DAWs instantaneously can save a session, punch out of automation, and perform other tasks in concert as one. The EUCON software update also includes performance enhancements and stability improvements for all Avid EUCON-enabled control surfaces, including Pro Tools | S3, Pro Tools | Dock and Artist Mix.

As an open software protocol, EUCON facilitates tight integration between Avid control surfaces and Pro Tools, as well as a range of third party EUCON-enabled DAWs. It gives musicians and engineers high-resolution, tactile control and the flexible programmability needed to create great sounding mixes faster, as well as the ability to switch between different DAW sessions in a matter of seconds.

EUCON will be available in February 2018 as a free update to all customers with Pro Tools | S6, Pro Tools | S3, Pro Tools | Dock and Artist Mix control surfaces on valid support contracts. If you’re worried about your support contract status, you can get in touch with your account manager on the details below to double check your eligibility.

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Introducing the Avid S6

Introducing the Avid S6



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

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.

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