Meet the experts: Graham McGuinness

Meet the experts: Graham McGuinness

Graham was one of the founding members of root6, and is now our M&E Operations Director for the Jigsaw24 family, taking care of system builds and ensuring our support teams keep up their usual excellent standards of service. Before that, he worked as an editor, and subsequently as a product specialist at Avid, where he helped major features make the move to non-linear. He currently focuses on asset management, media systems and collaborative workflows. 

The reality is that editing is quite a technical creative environment, and I quickly learned that if you understand the technical side it really frees you as an editor. At the facility where I worked, we were working commercials and short films, and I was in charge of managing the technical side of things. From there, I joined Avid as a trainer and product specialist for Media Composer.”

The franchise king

“I did a lot of work developing non-linear workflows for feature films in the late 90s and 2000s – three Bond films, the Bourne series, Tomb Raider and many more. As Avid developed their collaborative environments and Interplay PAM and MAM systems, I gravitated toward that and worked quite closely with Avid on their Interplay system, but also on other collaborative platforms and environments. Workflow has always been a speciality of mine, well before they actually called it that.”

The democratisation of post

“What’s happened in the last ten years is that the post-production landscape has become pretty fundamentally democratised. 4K, 8K post with high end, realtime grading systems is still something that the larger players do and do very well, and there’s still a place for those larger players, because you need a certain amount of investment in networking and storage to do that kind of work. But equally, our industry is changing at a phenomenal rate, as virtualisation gives smaller facilities the ability to have a larger footprint than their physical premises would indicate. Remote workflows definitely give people that edge, and companies that are more flexible and agile in the way they approach these things are definitely going to benefit in the longer term.”

The Betamax problem

“It seems like virtualisation, remote editing, video over IP and HDR are all tracks or streams of technology that are coming of age now, and which will be with us for some time moving forward. It can be daunting to believe in it, because we see companies who are licking their wounds from investing in stereo 3D, but we don’t see any evidence for a drop-off like that. The main problem is that it’s still a bit of a wild west – HDR and video over IP still have a lot of competing standards, and then there is VR, which has very few at all. The more mature technologies are mostl standards-driven, so not having them ratified holds people back because, quite sensibly, they don’t want to invest until it’s settled down.”

Ambition v reality

“I’ve been working with virtual systems for around 12 years, and the areas that are interesting to me at the moment are virtualising production and post assets, remote editing, and managed services for our customers. All three are areas where we see people being able to innovate, but we are seeing challenges around really basic things – for example, some areas of the UK have really poor connectivity, so if you have a production in one of those areas you’re going to be frustrated.

“But I think the biggest challenge we have is negotiating the current IT infrastructure at customers’ sites and gently charting a course between what the IT department want to do and what production want to do. Our job it to find the sweet spot where you’re complying, quite rightly, with what IT are concerned about, but equally allowing the production to get on and people to do their jobs. And all parties have legitimate concerns and ambitions, but our job is setting reality between the two of them.”

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

IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

At IBC2017, FilmLight is celebrating the formal release of Baselight 5.0, as well as exhibiting the 5.0 colour tools across its entire product range.

The update includes over 50 features, including a new primary grading environment known as Base Grade, a new Gamut Compression tool for HDR workflows, and new creative tools like  Grid Warp, Paint, Perspective Tracker and Texture Equaliser. get the full details in the press release, below.

 

Offering over 50 new features, version 5.0 has been comprehensively put through its paces over the last year on a variety of real projects with complex workflows. Baselight 5.0 has been at the heart of blockbusters, high-end television series and commercials. The feedback from colourists around the world has been very positive, and the results are stunning.

One of the key features in version 5.0 is Base Grade, a new primary grading environment for modern colour workflows and HDR.

“Base Grade makes you so much faster in matching and creating stunning looks – in a single layer,” said Philipp Horsch, Senior Colourist and CEO at BFS Entertainment GmbH Munich. “The new subdivision of dim/dark shadows and light/bright highlights, each with its own pivot and falloff, basically gives you four keys already integrated in the layer.”

Version 5.0 aims to make grading for HDR even easier with the addition of colour space ‘families’, and the new Gamut Compression tool. It makes moving between colour spaces simple and seamless.

“The new colour space families make delivering diverse masters really easy,” added Horsch. “With 5.0 I can now concentrate exclusively on the creative job and don’t have to worry so much about the colour science.”

“Gamut Compression is so useful, especially when dealing with car commercials, where the LED brake lights often push the saturation too far,” added Mick Vincent, Senior Colourist at The Mill, London. “Baselight 5.0 has been so exciting already, and there are so many more tools to try out – we have a great year ahead of us with this system at our fingertips.”

The addition of many new creative features – including Grid Warp, Paint, Perspective Tracker and Texture Equaliser – have also proven to be very popular.

“Baselight 5.0 has made finishing projects much faster and with less hassle – which is key for television content with a demanding production schedule,” said James Perry, Editor/Colourist on The Dr. Phil Show. “Instead of having to send shots to our graphics department for wire removal or general touch-ups, I can fix them easily in Baselight.”

Martin Tlaskal, Lead Developer at FilmLight, added, “These are just a handful of many comments from talented colourists, who have collaborated with us on the testing and refinement of version 5.0. It is extremely gratifying to know that our ideas have proven so valuable in practice among the creative community.”

With Baselight 5.0 now launched, the new features will soon be deployed across FilmLight’s other BLG-enabled products; Daylight 5.0, the dailies and media management platform, as well as Baselight for Avid 5.0 and Baselight for NUKE 5.0 in the Baselight Editions range, will enter beta after IBC, with Prelight 5.0 to follow soon. FilmLight is showing all of these products at IBC2017 on stand 7.F31.

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

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 14 is shipping right now!

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 14 is shipping right now!

That’s right, the wait is over. The fourteenth iteration of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is shipping as we speak and we’re super excited. Existing Resolve users can upgrade free of charge, with version 14 promising up to ten times faster editing speeds, professional Fairlight audio, revolutionary collaboration and more.

Users will be able to take advantage of hundreds of new features and improvements for editors, colourists, and – for the first time ever – audio production professionals.

Resolve 14 comes packing a fresh playback engine that dramatically increases editing performance and responsiveness for trimming and playback, even when working with processor-intensive formats like H.264 and RAW.

Colour correction

Likewise, colourists will continue to enjoy the industry’s most powerful primary and secondary correction tools, complete with an advanced curve editor, tracking and stabilisation, noise reduction and grain tools, Resolve FX and the rest. They’ll also have access to a range of new filters, which include automatic facial recognition and tracking that allows users to quickly smooth skin tones, brighten eyes, alter lip colour and more.

Fairlight audio

For audio pros needing a complete end to end workflow, Resolve 14 includes Fairlight audio post tools that provide users with everything they need to record, edit, mix, sweeten and master sound for up to 1000 channels in realtime. The software also supports huge Fairlight audio consoles, and users can mix down and master to multiple formats, including 3D audio space formats such as 5.1, 7.1 and 22.2.

Collaboration

The latest version even boasts innovative new multi-user collaboration tools, including bin locking, chat and timeline merging that let editors, colourists and sound editors work on the same project simultaneously. That means you no longer have to waste precious time conforming or waiting for a locked edit before you can start work on colour and audio – ideal for hitting those tight deadlines and working in parallel so your team can spend more time being creative.

The free version of DaVinci Resolve 14 – which contains everything you’ll need for working on SD, HD and Ultra HD at up to 60 frames per second – is available to download now on macOS, Windows and Linux. If you require even more creative tools and options, Resolve 14 Studio, which you can purchase from our store here, provides support for 4K and higher along with frame rates of up to 120 fps, as well as lots of additional features that help make your work even more impressive.

Why Jigsaw24?

Working closely with Blackmagic Design and the DaVinci development team, developing qualified, scalable workstations on every platform has enabled us to become the go-to experts for Resolve in the UK and Nordic countries. We are one of the few partners chosen globally for DaVinci Resolve on Linux, showing that Blackmagic Design have a strong respect for our capabilities and understanding of the complexity and requirements in high-end grading systems and workflows. In 2015, we won the Blackmagic Design Outstanding Achievement award for our ongoing dedication to providing expert solutions and the best possible customer experience.

If you’d like to receive an expert demo (and a cracking cuppa) at our facility in Soho before upgrading, you can book in today by clicking here. Alternatively, you can arrange a test run with one of the team by dropping an email over to soho@Jigsaw24.com or calling 03332 409 285.

If you want to know more about DaVinci Resolve 14, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 are now an official Tektronix reseller!

Jigsaw24 are now an official Tektronix reseller!

We’re proud to announce that we’re now an official reseller of Tektronix, a leading supplier of test instrumentation for engineers, focused on electronic design, manufacturing and advanced technology development.

Who are Tektronix?

Tektronix have been around for more than 65 years, helping engineers improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. With offices in 21 countries, they are committed to the scientists, engineers and technicians around the world working across health, communication, mobility and even space.

In partnering with Tektronix, we’ll be able to increase our range of leading video and audio solutions for analysis, quality control, service assurance and regulatory compliance. They will also help us in supporting 4K/UHD, HD, and IP applications in content creation and delivery for our customers.

What we can offer

From consultancy and implementation to repairs and support, our media and entertainment team have a range of services and solutions to keep you up to date with the latest broadcast technology.

We can assist with:

– Video production and post-production.

– PC over IP.

– Grading and finishing.

– Audio.

– Storage and infrastructure.

– Encoding.

– Cables and routing.

“We’re very excited to be working with Jigsaw24,” says Lee Ballinger, Director EMEA and India Video Sales at Tektronix. “We’re looking forward to contributing to the their comprehensive products and services portfolio, and working together to provide our customers with the best tech in the broadcast industry.”

For more information on our new status as a Tektronix reseller, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

Creative trend: The kit list – getting ready to tackle VR

Creative trend: The kit list – getting ready to tackle VR

Virtual reality is unavoidable at the moment. Marketeers are praising its immersiveness and versatility as tools to increase engagement; the relative novelty of successful VR projects makes them a hit with PR teams, and creative teams are excited to push themselves in a new medium, as you can see from our panel featuring creatives from The Mill, Halo Post, Alchemy VR and Rewind:

 

All of which begs the question, is this something you should be doing in-house? A case could be made for outsourcing to specialists like Alchemy whenever clients ask you for VR content, but the increased control and agility that comes with doing things in-house – especially when it comes to things like integrating 360 video into a wider campaign, rather than staging one-off VR events – has led many creative teams, including ours, to wonder if they could take this on themselves. Let’s take a look at what you’d need.

What could you be creating?

As Facebook, YouTube and other large platforms add support for 360-degree video, it’s becoming an integral part of many social campaigns, an extension of the traditional video content you might produce for a cross-platform project. It’s also become a popular alternative to corporate ‘explainers’ among companies who want to seem cutting edge and, as in this well-regarded example from Michelle Obama and The Verge, with publishers and journalists who want to ensure their content stays relevant as users move to new platforms. (The New York Times also got a massive publicity boost when it gave away a million Cardboard headsets and started making startlingly good immersive journalism).

‘Immersive VR’ – the kind that uses an expensive headset and motion tracking to make you feel like you’ve wandered into a video game – has more in common with games development and 3D animation than traditional film production, although as our panel pointed out, the sense of narrative and need for careful direction remain.

In the commercial sphere, immersive VR has proven to be a great tool for attracting PR at one-off events or tours (this mildly terrifying hiking experience from Merrell, for example or Sotheby’s offering you the chance to climb inside a Dalí painting. You can also climb inside your own sketches with help from Gravity Sketch). However, as VR technology becomes more readily available (and affordable) we’re seeing the rise of more apps for end users.

This is especially true of content that can be consumed via cheaper headset solutions like Google Cardboard. Cardboard-compatible apps have received a mixed response in the past because until recently many of the smartphones it worked with struggled to sync streams of 3D sufficiently well to avoid lagging and motion sickness, but the times they are a-changing, and the chips in phones they are a-getting more powerful.

So what kit do you need to invest in?

When it comes to shooting 360 video, there are two ways to do it: attach multiple action cameras (GoPros are popular) to a rig, then stitch the footage from each camera into a 360 degree panorama, or buy a camera designed to shoot 360, or go all the way and invest in the Insta360 Pro for true 360 filming.

We’d recommend shooting native 360, but if you’re wary of investing that much upfront, Teradek’s Sphere solution comes with a GoPro-compatible rig and a monitoring solution that’ll let you see your stitched footage on-set, which is a huge advantage if clients are going to be present for the shoot. There’s also Google’s Jump programme, for which you’d need to purchase a Google Jump rig, then use the Jump Assembler to send your footage to Google, who return it to you 48-72 hours later, fully stitched.

However you choose to shoot your footage, you’ll want to add Imagineer Systems’ mocha VR plug-in to your editing software, as that makes it possible for you to perform tasks like optimised planar tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilisation directly in your NLE.

Adobe have been quick to add VR tools to Premiere Pro, too, so if you already have a Creative Cloud subscription then it’s well worth exploring those. With the Premiere Pro CC 2017 update, Adobe added native QuickTime DNxHR/HD codec support, so you can create VR media files which play back more efficiently than H.264. They also added VR properties to Clips, meaning Premiere Pro will look for the same metadata added during export, which allows 360 playback in YouTube and Facebook. In June, Adobe acquired Skybox plug-ins by Mettle, for 360 video and VR, which will integrate their functionality natively into Premiere Pro and After Effects, and should be available by the end of the year.

One of the key things from the panel we held (seriously, scroll back up and give it a watch), is that while virtual reality projects tend to max out at around 20 minutes in length, they spend longer in post-production than a 60 minute television programme, as the challenges of stitching footage, mixing audio and performing all your usual corrections and grades now has to be done on far more footage, which is far more difficult to match, may contain 3D animated elements, and potentially contains a crew and other equipment that need to be painted out, because there’s nowhere to hide them in a 360-degree shoot. Even adding motion graphics, as you might want to in a corporate video, becomes much more difficult when they have to exist (and follow the viewer around) in a 3D space.

Doing all this means you might need to invest in higher-spec workstations (asked to describe the ideal spec, our product manager simply said “beefy”, which you’re free to take however you want, but which we think means “the sort of thing you’d work with 4K footage on, why not explore your options in our workstation configurator?”).

How can we help?  

Aside from hosting Soho’s premier panel on the subject, we can provide all the kit you need for VR – cameras, rigs, software, plug-ins, media, monitors – from one place, with 30 day credit accounts (subject to you passing a credit check) and next day delivery on many key items.

If you’re not quite ready to buy, our longstanding relationships with leading media vendors mean that we’re perfectly placed to advise on the directions different suppliers are taking with VR, and help you find kit, storage solutions and workstations to support the direction you want to take, as well as advice on how to fit them all together.

For more on the cost of bringing VR in house, take a look at this sister article for finance teams. If you want to know more about VR, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. If you’re ready to start shopping head to our design store, hereFor everything else, including the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

How can root6 and Jigsaw24 help you?

How can root6 and Jigsaw24 help you?

Jigsaw24 and root6 have joined together to create the largest and most experienced audio and video technology services and solutions provider in Europe.

Combined, we have more than 40 years’ experience, working alongside leading creative companies and growing a small army of highly qualified consultants and engineers, so we’re now better positioned than ever to deliver the very best solutions and services for audio and video.

Together, we cover your entire workflow from ingest, editing and finishing to tiered storage and delivery. We also provide root6’s range of industry-standard creative products from top brands, including handy local drives and cables, complete suites and entire network infrastructures.

So how can we help?

The combination of root6’s technical expertise with Jigsaw24’s datacentre, managed service and logistical capabilities means that we can now offer the fastest, most innovative and reliable audio and video solutions on the market, helping you incorporate new technologies ahead of your competitors.

We can provide the full range of the latest products, services and solutions for production, post and broadcasters, allowing you to consolidate existing purchasing and support contracts into a single agreement with one supplier, and drastically reducing the amount of admin your IT and purchasing teams have to slog through.

Our solutions include ROOT6 Technology’s industry-leading ContentAgent solution for media ingest and file workflow management, which makes it easier for non-technical staff to tackle complex ingest, conversion and delivery workflows, including work in the AS-11 standard.

If you want to get hands-on with the latest technology (including DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools and more), head to our demo facility at 8 Golden Square in Soho to get to grips with the kit and meet our Apple engineers.

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

Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

Well, check us out – we’re now an authorised reseller for the UK for Vidcheck, meaning you can come to us for the full lineup of all their fantastic software solutions for post-production, broadcast, content distribution and archive.

Who are Vidcheck?

Vidcheck provide, in their own words, “unique and advanced software applications to automatically check and correct video and audio in file-based digital video, focusing on the requirements of the broadcast industry, at a cost-effective price.” Their main solutions are Vidchecker and Vidchecker-post (designed for the lighter user).

There’s also their new product Vidcheck OnDemand, the OPEX licence model of Vidchecker. This is burst-capable and public or private cloud-compatible. Like Vidchecker, it is fully scalable, easy to operate and integrate, and conducts automated QC and error correction to industry specifications.

Benefits of Vidchecker and Vidfixer include:

– Thorough checks of file, video and audio parameters as well as video and audio quality, legality and correctness.

– Not only checks video and audio, but also intelligently corrects out-of-spec video levels and audio levels including loudness.

– Highly cost-effective: full-featured QC at a price that the smallest post production companies and broadcasters can comfortably afford, and fully scalable using the Vidchecker Grid for enterprise installation with very high file volumes.

– Supports sub-SD, SD, HD, 4K and mixed workflows.

– Four levels of checking: information, warning, fail on error and correct on error.

– Supplied standards templates including DPP and Netflix plus ‘1 Click’ auto test template from known good media.

– Built-in media player to play the video at alert points by clicking on the alert thumbnails.

– Easy workflow support: use multiple watch folders with filtering, automatically send reports, move files on pass/fail/correction.

– Comprehensive online Help.

– API web services for full integration with production and broadcast workflows and media asset management systems.

Want to know more about Vidcheck’s solutions for post, broadcast, distribution and archive? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 and Rohde & Schwarz announce new partnership

Jigsaw24 and Rohde & Schwarz announce new partnership

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Rohde & Schwarz and Jigsaw24 join forces in major expansion initiative into the UK

Rohde & Schwarz, the industry leading manufacturer of media, communications, and test and measurement technologies, have appointed Jigsaw24 to spearhead the expansion of its products into the UK Creative, Commercial and Government industries.

“Rohde & Schwarz are delighted to announce that Jigsaw24 have today joined our global team of business partners,” said Oliver Gappa, Sales Director for Rohde & Schwarz. “Jigsaw24 are one of the fastest-growing and most professional resellers in the UK today. They will complement our existing portfolio of resellers and systems integrators with their knowledge of the post-production and broadcast markets.”

“The DVS brand has been a leading name in the video industry for 30 years, and coupled with the incredible technology and business portfolio at Rohde & Schwarz, we are very excited to be onboarding not just the media-focused products but also their industry-leading technologies in other areas that complement our broad market penetration,” said Roger Whittle, MD & Founder of Jigsaw24.

“At Jigsaw24, we pride ourselves on being able to provide complete end-to-end support for our clients’ workflow, and being able to offer solutions as robust and flexible as Rohde & Schwarz’s is a key part of that. Their award-winning media range dovetails perfectly with our expertise in high-end post and storage workflows, so we’re able to offer 360 degree support.”

Jigsaw24 will be providing hardware, solutions, installation and support services around Rohde & Schwarz’s broadcast, post-production and storage ranges, including their Clipster DI mastering solution, Venice ingest server and Spycer/DVS SAN shared storage systems. They will also have a strong focus on the best in class communications and cybersecurity solutions that the German manufacturer provides.

Rohde & Schwarz  on Jigsaw24

To find out more about Rohde & Schwarz, click here. Contact our expert consultants via email on broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or phone our sales team on 03332 400 888. 

 

About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2015, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9900 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.83 billion in the 2014/2015 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia and the USA. R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.

 

 

Sonos in production

Sonos in production

The flexibility, ease of use and straight-up sound quality of Sonos wireless media systems has made Sonos one of the most recognisable brands for audio playback. It’s now installed in millions of homes and businesses around the world, and has become so prevalent that it has almost become a standard.

Sonos is rapidly becoming the reference speaker for content producers – after all, if you wan to check what your content sounds like, it makes sense to be referencing it on the same system that your audience will be using. So, what is it that makes Sonos so good?

Exception sound quality

Sonos speakers aren’t your average speakers – they have a studio heritage. Giles Martin of Abbey Road Studios has been involved in the development of their current range of speakers after being impressed with a pair of Play:1’s. Sonos asked for his feedback, and, based on his advice, were able to further enhance the sound quality of their speakers. As a result, they are now used as a reference point in one of the most famous studios in the world.

Click here to read more about Giles Martin’s involvement with Sonos.

The ideal speaker for non ideal acoustics

Acoustically treating a room to ensure optimal sound for playback can be a very expensive process. Sonos have developed Trueplay – an app which analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response accordingly. Free to use, all you need is an iOS device and in under 10 minutes you can calibrate your speakers to produce a near-perfect response, even in the most non-ideal conditions.

Complete flexibility

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network, meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Use a single speaker, or add a second to make a stereo pair, then add another speaker or two to a dedicated listening room and send your finished mixes there. Why not build a 5.1 setup with more speakers and a sub, and even preview a video project on a client speaker by adding the Playbar.

Every Sonos speaker on your network becomes available as part of a scalable listening system, where all speakers can be controlled individually or grouped as you like.

Sound from any source

With Sonos, you can stream music from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal among others. You can also stream locally stored music from an iTunes library on your device or from shared storage.

If you have external sources you want to connect, the Sonos Connect even lets you add CD players, DVDs, tape decks or vinyl into the mix. No matter what you want to reference your sound against, Sonos puts it right under your fingertips.

Aesthetics

Lets be honest – good looks are important if you’re dealing with clients, and Sonos speakers are certainly no ugly ducklings. They integrate easily into any environment with the dedicated range of Flexion desk-mounts, floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Pro Tools | S3 has landed, in all its compact and streamlined, yet versatile glory. Based on Pro Tools S6, Avid describe S3 as a ‘compact, EUCON-enabled, ergonomic desktop control surface’. Here’s some more of what Avid have to say about it…

The good stuff

– Like the S6, the S3 delivers intelligent control over every aspect of Pro Tools and other DAWs.

– Its small form factor makes it ideal for space-confined or on the go music and post mixing.

– It packs enormous power and accelerated mixing efficiency for faster turnarounds, making it the perfect fit everywhere, from project studios to the largest, most demanding facilities.

Key features of the S3

Take complete control of your studio

The S3 has an intelligent, ergonomic design and full EUCON support, which brings tightly integrated recording, editing, and mixing control right to your fingertips, enabling you to work smarter and faster. The compact footprint fits easily into any space, giving you full reign of the ‘sweet spot’.

Work smarter and faster

Combining the traditional console layout design with the advancements of the Artist Series, C24, and Pro Tools S6 control surfaces, ensuring highly intuitive operation regardless of your experience level. Pair the S3 with Pro Tools for faster workflows and unique features that accelerate your efficiency every step of the way.

Create your mix, your way

With EUCON technology at its core, not only can you mix sessions using Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other DAWs, you can also customise the surface for your task at hand. Create up to 12 custom mixer layouts and recall them to the surface at any time, plus, switch between applications with ease.

Proven and trusted technology

The s3 delivers incredible workflow acceleration, highly responsive handling, and deep DAW integration, built on proven technology and trusted by top audio professionals, in highly demanding production environments.

Additional features

In addition to being a control surface, the S3 also has a four input, six output audio interface built in. The interface part includes two mic preamps and two line-level inputs, and has six outputs for connecting multiple pairs of speakers. The outputs feature monitor controls such as level control, dim and sum to mono functionality.

The audio interface part is Mac only and uses AVB (ethernet) to communicate with the computer. The audio connections can also be used standalone to function as a dedicated monitor controller if you don’t want to use it as an interface or if you have a PC – you just plug the outputs of your audio interface into the inputs and your speakers into the outputs.

When can I get it?

Shipping in November, you can pre-order the Pro Tools S3 Control Surface on our website now for £3229 (£3874.80 inc VAT).

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.