Build Your Own

Because S6 can be scaled both horizontally and vertically using an array of surface modules, you can configure and reconfigure it with the modules you need to fit your budget, with room to expand as your needs grow. Choose one of the pre-configured systems or build your own—speak with our experts to determine the best fit for your workflow and business.

Here’s a look at the various modules and other hardware you can choose.

Master modules—The control surface engines

Master modules are the central hubs of your S6 surface. All surfaces must include an S6 Master Touch Module (MTM) main engine, which provides touchscreen access and control; you have a choice between two—S6 M40 or S6 M10. The S6 Automation Module complements both, providing controls for transport, automation, and more. Plus, you have a couple of new Master options to complement surround and post workflows. Here’s a closer look at these modules.

M40 vs. M10—The Master Touch Module you choose dictates the number of total modules you can include in your S6, and impacts its overall size and customizability. Choose the high-performance M40 for large-scale productions that require maximum faders and channels, high-resolution metering, and customizability, or the more affordable M10 for productions that need to fit into smaller rooms and budgets.

Both feature a tilting 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen, eight adjacent rotary encoders, and dedicated knobs and keys for monitoring and global control, enabling you to view, access, and edit different aspects of your mix—such as tracks, processing, and metering—without mousing through menus.


S6 M40

S6 M10

Best for..

High-end professionals and facilities that need great scalability and customizability Budget-conscious pros and small- to mid-size facilities

Maximum number of modules

1 M40 + up to 46 additional modules (maximum allowed below):

1 Automation Module
1 Joystick Module
2 Post Modules
8 Fader Modules
8 Process Modules
18 Knob Modules
8 Display Modules
1 M10 + up to 14 additional modules (maximum allowed below):

1 Automation Module
1 Joystick Module
2 Post Modules
3 Fader Modules
3 Process Modules
4 Knob Modules

Maximum number of faders

64 24

Maximum knobs per channel

(plus 2 additional knobs for Expand Zones)
(plus 1 additional knob for Expand Zones)

Number of simultaneous workstations supported

8 2

High-resolution S6 Display Module support

Yes No

Configuration availability

Pre-configured and custom Pre-configured and custom

S6 Automation Module—This master module is included in all pre-configured systems, but is an optional add when building your own S6 M40-based surface (though you’d probably want one). It features a full transport control section (including a shuttle/jog wheel), focus fader, automation control, color shortcut displays and switches, a numeric keypad, and more for writing automation and navigating projects.

S6 Joystick Module—This master module is an option for both M10- and M40-based S6 systems and offers dual non-motorized, touch-sensitive joysticks for surround sound mixing, enabling you to position sound anywhere within a room. A 3.2-inch TFT display shows current pan and joystick locations. The module also features two multicolor LED top-lit encoders, 16 panning mode switches with color LEDs, and other panning control switches for controlling positioning, divergence, and more with precision. Plus, four OLED displays provide detailed visual feedback and info. The Joystick Module can also be used to control any other knob parameter on S6 to create a wide range of effects.

S6 Post Module—This sound mixing/monitoring master module is an option for M10- and M40-based S6 systems that enables you to switch between recorded tracks/stems and their inputs and punch into record. It offers two rows of 10 PEC/DIRECT paddles with solo and mute buttons. Each paddle includes a high-resolution OLED display to view track/stem names. You can also spill stems out onto adjacent paddles for individual control and customize Soft Keys on the 3.2-inch TFT. With dedicated monitor controls, you can quickly switch between monitors and dim, cut, or fold down your mix. And with VCA support on the paddles, you can easily control over 200 tracks to create the biggest, most immersive soundtracks.

Channel modules—The controls you want and need

Channel modules provide the control and feedback elements you need—from faders and knobs, to processing and metering. All modules feature reliable, high-speed Ethernet connectivity for easy set-up. Whether a pre-configured surface meets your needs or you want to mix and match modules in your own custom creation, here are the modules you can choose:

S6 Fader Module

  • 8 motorized faders
  • Dual LED meters per channel (with gain reduction metering)
  • Mute, solo, and other switches with color LEDs
  • Control levels for 8 simultaneous tracks

S6 Knob Module

  • 32 multicolor LED top-lit knobs (4 per channel)
  • 32 OLED displays for labels and visual feedback
  • 11 function select switches per channel with color LEDs
  • Works in conjunction with the Process Module
  • Control up to 32 simultaneous encoder values; stack two Knob Modules (S6 M40-based surfaces only) to get up to 9 knobs per channel
  • Dedicate additional Knob Modules for Expand Zones to control plug-ins, sends, and more

S6 Process Module

  • 8 multicolor LED top-lit knobs (one per channel)
  • 22 function select switches per channel with color LEDs
  • 8 OLED displays for labels and visual feedback
  • Provides mode selectors for Knob Modules to control up to 9 simultaneous encoder values

S6 Display Module

  • 8-channel high-resolution TFT display
  • Integrated single board computer
  • Available only with S6 M40 configurations
  • Provides deep visual feedback, including channel names, audio meters, routing, groups, DAW affiliation, scrolling Pro Tools waveforms, and more  

Monitoring options—Hear your mix your way

Avid S6 XMON—XMON is the most widely used digitally controlled analog monitoring and communications system for S6, providing up to 7.1 surround support and facilities for talkback, listenback, and more. Simply access the controls for this remote 2-rack space component through the S6 Master Touch Module over EUCON. You can monitor two separate, simultaneous 8-channel mixes (mono to 7.1 surround), as well as up to four external stereo analog sources. Sources are selectable to the main, Alt, or mini speaker outputs. XMON also provides separate stereo cue level controls, a studio monitor feed (SLS), and a dedicated engineer’s headphone output.

  • Connect XMON to S6 using the single 15-pin to MIDI adapter cable for EUCON control
  • Connect other audio gear to XMON through standard DB-25 connectors
  • Create cue mixes with up to three stereo cue inputs and outputs
  • Communicate easily with the built-in external talkback input and two listenback inputs, plus AFL/PFL stereo solo input
  • Get great monitoring flexibility with up to two 7.1 inputs and 4 stereo inputs
  • Output your level-controlled mix to your Main Control Room (7.1), Alt Outputs (7.1), Studio (stereo), and/or Mini Speakers (stereo)

Download the XMON EUCON User Guide

Avid Studio Monitor Pro II—This versatile and powerful EUCON audio application provides a digital monitor section equivalent to those found on large-format audio post-production consoles. It runs on a Windows-based computer and interfaces with your DAW through a third-party ASIO sound card or internally through ASIO routing, providing a full-featured monitoring solution for S6. Get full control of input and output routing between your ASIO hardware or ASIO-based application, as well as extensive communications control for talkback, studio monitor, and record feeds. Plus, you can customize the multichannel surround monitor matrix for summing multiple mix stems with up to 7.1 speaker outputs—each with level, dim, and mute features.

  • Monitor in up to 7.1 surround, with a full fold down matrix
  • Work with up to 128 possible internal or external inputs, with separate outputs for external metering
  • Listen through the Control Room monitor or two Alternate outputs with Dim, Cut, and Fixed level controls, or the two Studio/Headphone monitors with Dim and Cut control
  • Set up your studio with individual speaker level and mute controls
  • Communicate easily with four talkback channels assignable to any monitor output
  • Get easy PEC/DIR monitor switching, as each source has two inputs
  • Create your own source layouts, such as LCRLsRsB or LRLsRsCB
  • Control monitoring tasks directly from your S6 touchscreen and Master Module encoders
  • Extend your workflow with two recorder outputs and a monitor insert for Dolby processors and more

Download the MC Pro User Guide for details about Studio Monitor Pro II

Third-party monitoring options—You can also use S6 with a host of other non-Avid monitoring systems, including the following:

Frame components—For desk mixing or freestanding

All modules need to be housed in a frame, whether you place S6 on a studio desk or give it a leg assembly to stand on. Depending on the number of modules you choose, your surface can range from mid- to large-format. There are a number of frame assembly items available, from a full leg assembly to create a freestanding surface, to different size frame buckets and blank panels.

Surface options—Ergonomic extras to personalize your desk

  • Blank Panel—Cover empty module spaces with a smooth surface
  • Display VESA Arm—Mount your DAW monitor on the surface with an adjustable arm
  • Producer’s Desk—Integrate a keyboard and DAW display directly into your control surface
  • Sliding Keyboard Tray—Get hands-on with your computer keyboard wherever you’re sitting
  • Sliding Script Tray—Hold pen, paper, and your personal devices within easy reach
  • Speaker Bridge Mount—Place speakers in an optimal position with the S6 frame