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.

If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Sound 24: Make movies sound amazing!

Sound 24: Make movies sound amazing!

Sound 24 is multi-award winning audio post-production company owned by film sound supervisor and movie industry legend Glenn Freemantle. With a reputation for excellence and a credit list that includes some of the most critically lauded and financially successful movies made in the last 25 years, Sound 24 is deservedly ranked as one of the finest audio post companies in the world.

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Jigsaw24 recently installed an Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surface in Sound 24’s facilities in Pinewood Film Studios. Once everything was up and running, we caught up with OSCAR and BAFTA award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Niv Adiri to discuss the company’s remarkable success, and how using Avid audio products has helped Sound 24 make movies sound amazing!

Want to book a demo of the Avid Pro Tools | S6? Drop an email to our pro audio specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 285. For all the latest news, follow us @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Avid release EuControl – Workstation 3.4 and Pro Tools | Control v1.0.6

Avid release EuControl – Workstation 3.4 and Pro Tools | Control v1.0.6

With the imminent shipment of the Avid Pro Tools | Dock, this release provides major feature set improvements for the Pro Tools | Control app for iPad, and compatibility for the long awaited Dock within the EuControl software.

The addition of a ‘Channel’ page adds focus on the selected track’s instantiated plugins. Dedicated pages for Dynamics and EQ grant easy access to corresponding parameters.

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With a dedicated Pan tab too, we are given access to touch screen panning, from stereo to 7.1 surround.

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That’s along with Tabs for Sends, Group assignments and Input. Those familiar with the Avid S6 MTM will recognise the similarities introduced to the Pro Tools | Control app.

The ‘Soft Keys’ page provides a much larger display for the assigned key sets, allowing the user to access more keys on one page, similar to the Artist Control hardware.

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Combined with the Avid Pro Tools | Dock, the Pro Tools | Control app provides an extremely powerful EUCON control surface, similar in functionality and workflow to the flagship Avid S6 Master unit.

Further information: What’s New for Pro Tools | Control

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

DAD: Making your DAW sound amazing

DAD: Making your DAW sound amazing

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 know the sound of a good thing when they hear it, and currently blowing us away is the amazing sound of the DAD (Digital Audio Denmark) AX32 and DX32 range of digital audio convertors.

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Already the preferred choice of many of the world’s most respected professional audio production facilities, such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the AX32 and DX32 range of DAD convertors not only sound amazing but also bring a whole new level of functionality to any EUCON-based DAW control surface via their recently released, ground-breaking PRO|MON monitor controller option.

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DAD PRO|MON is a solution for monitor controller for the Pro Tools | S6 and other EUCON 3 enabled control surfaces. It takes monitor control to a whole new level by providing functionality of both the Avid XMON and Studio Monitor Pro in one and the same platform with various I/O that will easily adapt to any Pro Tools HD, HDX or HD Native S6-based hardware environment, enabling music and post-production facilities to benefit from interfacing to both analogue and digital domains with speaker formats from stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 all the way to 64 channels for Dolby Atmos.

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The PRO|MON Monitor Control is available on the AX32 AD/DA convertor and digital matrix, as well as the DX32 Digital audio interface and matrix, to operate as an audio signal processor providing high resolution signal summing and low latency routing of monitor signals. The monitor control is managed via the DADman 4.2 software application, which has support for the EUCON 3 control protocol, enabling full control of the monitor functionality.

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The versatile I/O and matrix platform comprise up to 48 channel analogue inputs or outputs, 16 channel AES/EBU I/O, 64 to 192 channel MADI I/O on up to three MADI ports, 64 channel interface for Pro Tools HD, HDX and HD Native, 64 channels of DANTE networked audio I/O as well as an embedder/de-embedder of audio from Video SDI. This enables the DAD products to perform very flexible signal routing using all the interfaces of the unit, as well as summing processing with 256 inputs and 32 outputs. With the optional DANTE audio over IP functionality, the AX32 or DX32 can deliver sample accurate audio to other DANTE-enabled devices or route signals around a facility using an existing network infrastructure.

Product highlights

Flexible AD/DA interface configuration, with mic-pre option

  • 8 to 48 analogue channels.
  • 8 channels on a card.
  • 8 channel line in AD card.
  • 8 channel line/mic pre in AD car.
  • 8 channel line out DA card with output level control.
  • Sample rates 44.1kHz up to 384kHz/DSD.
  • High precision internal clock and PLL.

Versatile digital interface structure

  • 8 AES3 I/O interfaces.
  • MADI coax and optical I/O.
  • 64 channel interface for Pro Tools.
  • Ethernet IP audio interface for 64 I/O channels using Dante.
  • Sync via word clock, AES11, video and all digital I/O.
  • Adapt to incoming sample rate.
  • Optional channel patching and multiplexer engine.

Easy control of convertor parameters

  • Settings control via front panel knobs and large LCD display.
  • Operation via DADman control software for Windows and OS X.
  • Ethernet control interface.
  • Compliant with the Dante Ethernet controller.

Want to check out DAD’s AX32 and DX32 convertors yourself? Come on down to our Soho-based ‘Steampunk’ demo studio and hear the DAD range in action, fully functioning with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 console and our unique JBL Professional 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Premix-capable monitoring.

Call us on 03332 409 306 or 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 | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Want to know more about customising the S6 for your studio? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.