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Features

What’s included

  • S3 control surface
    • Compact 16-fader surface, with six bankable layers
    • 32 touch-sensitive encoders and high-resolution OLEDs
    • Multicolor Channel Control parameter section for fast mix adjustments
    • Full complement of I/O (see Specifications)
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports, featuring latching etherCON connectors
    • EUCON-enabled for Pro Tools and other DAW control (feature coming soon)
    • USB connections for a keyboard and mouse (not included)
  • E3 engine
    • Runs VENUE software, mission control for the entire system
    • High-performance, HDX-powered processing engine (supports AAX DSP plug-ins)
    • 24 aux busses, LCR, plus 8 mono matrixes and 8 VCAs
    • 2-track recording/playback using standard USB Flash drives
    • Local and ancillary I/O (see Specifications)
    • Three Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports, featuring latching etherCON connectors
    • Separate Ethernet port for remote control using a laptop or tablet
  • Stage 16 remote I/O box
    • 16 analog inputs (XLR) with remote mic preamp control
    • 8 analog line outputs (XLR)
    • 4 channels of AES3 digital output
    • Ruggedized design with dual-purpose rack ears/handles for use as a stage box or rack-mounted
    • Power and status LEDs, with device Identify feature
    • Sliding Mute switch silences all box outputs
    • Two Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports, featuring latching etherCON connectors
  • VENUE software
  • Pro Tools software
  • Plug-in bundle
  • Cables, accessories, and guides

 

S3L System Features

Built for the future

The S3L System offers a first-of-its-kind modular, open networked architecture, enabling you to customize and expand your system well into the future. From such innovations as Ethernet AVB and HDX-powered, floating-point processing, to integrated AAX plug-ins and EUCON support, you gain a future-proof solution that works with the technologies of today and tomorrow. You can even daisy-chain the I/O boxes to create a reliable, redundant, self-healing network ring with the engine.


Take control—anywhere you roam

Take control—anywhere you roam

Whether you’re at the performance venue, on the tour bus, or in a studio or hotel room, the S3L System’s full-featured power and compact size enable you to exercise your creativity practically everywhere you go. It’s the ideal cost-effective mixing/recording setup to take to any gig—in any size space—as it easily loads into a car, van, truck, bus, or plane.


Create studio-quality mixes live

Create studio-quality mixes live

Professional-grade I/O. Transparent preamps. Premium signal paths. These are just some of the qualities that enable the S3L System to deliver exceptional sound. The system directly supports AAX DSP plug-ins, giving you access to the same creative tools used in top recording studios today, effectively replacing bulky outboard gear and cumbersome external plug-in “servers.” Whether you want to re-create an artist’s signature studio sound live or get more creative with your own mixes, there are plenty of AAX plug-ins available to choose (and abuse) to get the sounds you want.


Get unmatched Pro Tools/DAW integration now—and in the future

Get unmatched Pro Tools/DAW integration now—and in the future

Simply connect your laptop (with Pro Tools or other DAW installed) to the system’s Ethernet AVB network (using a single Cat5e cable) and you’re ready to rock with up to 64 tracks of audio recording/playback. VENUE Link makes it easy to control your live mixing and recording/playback setups as one. What’s more, with EUCON functionality coming soon, you’ll be able to use the control surface to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions, making the system an extremely versatile solution for both stage and studio.


Scale up without being weighed down

Scale up without being weighed down

The S3L System features a modular architecture, enabling you to easily scale it to meet your production needs. Go from 16 I/O channels with one Stage 16 box up to 64 channels with four. Rack your I/O in one location for easy supervision, or place each box as close as possible to the source, anywhere in the venue, for maximum flexibility—up to 328 feet (100 meters) away. And with Ethernet AVB connectivity, all you need are lightweight, inexpensive Cat5e cables, putting an end to expensive, bulky analog snakes.


Bring the ease and efficiency of VENUE software to your event

Bring the ease and efficiency of VENUE software to your event

Easy-to-use VENUE software is at the heart of every Avid live sound system, so you can use existing VENUE show files with the S3L System, and vice-versa. The system features the latest version of VENUE software*, offering all of the same features and benefits countless engineers know and love, plus some new ones optimized for the S3L:

  • New Media page: Gain access to transport controls, playlists, and the library for complete 2-track USB recording/playback control—even across multiple Flash drives—with full show file, snapshots, and events integration
  • EQ and dynamics on outputs: Enhance each channel individually with 4-band parametric EQ and compressor/limiter processing added to the Outputs page for every output
  • Drag and drop devices: Configure the system using the updated Devices page, which enables you to assign Stage 16 I/O boxes via drag-’n-drop
  • Enhanced Virtual Soundcheck: Perform Virtual Soundchecks globally or on a per-channel basis with the new Input Switch feature on the Inputs page, enabling performers to sound check live alongside prerecorded tracks

* Please note that not all features outlined above will be available to all Avid live sound systems.


Enhance shows with 2-track USB playback

Enhance shows with 2-track USB playback

Connect a standard USB Flash drive to the E3 engine for fast and easy 2-track playback and recording. Use playlists to organize your files and then integrate them with VENUE snapshots and events for easy playback—ideal for triggering spot effects, cues, and music beds for theater performances, or for archiving stereo recordings of your board mix.