Avid Highlights Latest Release of S4 Control Surface
Avid has announced the general availability of the Avid S4, its latest audio control surface designed for independent music mixers and smaller audio post and music facilities. The semi-modular Avid S4 offers the power, DAW integration, and visual feedback of Avid’s industry-standard Avid S6 in a more streamlined and compact control surface. Avid S4 also enables budget-conscious media educators to give their students the chance to learn the music and audio post-production workflows they’ll need for a successful career in the media and entertainment industry.
EUCON, Avid’s high-speed Ethernet control protocol, enables Avid S4 to connect and communicate with Avid and third-party audio, video, and monitoring applications. S4 acts and feels like a physical extension of the software, providing an exceptionally integrated experience with any EUCON-enabled DAW, such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software. S4 also enables engineers to quickly assign and control talkback, listenback, and speaker sources and levels right from the surface to handle everything from simple cue mixes for music recording to monitoring immersive audio projects.
Avid S4 provides extensive visual feedback, with the ability to display everything from channel meters, groups, EQ curves, and automation data, to scrolling high-res Pro Tools waveforms, which can be edited right from the surface. The easy-to-configure, semi-modular surface gives users the flexibility to build the ideal system for a specific workflow, from 8 to 24 faders, with the ability to add displays, joystick, post, and knob modules. When paired with Pro Tools | Ultimate, S4 brings the most efficient hands-on Dolby Atmos mixing in the industry to any room.
“The Avid S4 is what smaller studios have been waiting for,” said Joe Taupier, President, Westlake Pro. “Music mixers and small studios don’t have to compromise power and efficiency as they’re getting the same mixing power as the larger S6 control surface, but at a budget and size that meets their individual needs. The S4 provides the workflow versatility users need to take on any project – whether it be film, TV, OTT media, commercials or games – and the deep DAW and Dolby Atmos integration required to complete diverse projects on time and on budget.”