Specifications and Configurations

System specifications

rear S3 control surface shot above top down S3 control surface shot

S3 control surface*

Channel strips/faders

16 (up to 6 fader banks)


32 total (each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator)—16 assignable encoders, 8 channel control encoders, 8 global control encoders


16 10-segment meters, with pre- and post-fade metering options

Analog inputs

4 total—2 XLR mic/line inputs and 2 TRS line inputs for connecting talkback, audience mics, or playback devices for live applications; or mics, instruments, and other devices for studio recording

Analog outputs

4 total—2 XLR line outputs and 2 TRS line outputs for connecting recording devices or near-field monitors

Headphone output

1 (1/4-inch TRS) with level control

Ancillary I/O

2 Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports (for connecting a keyboard and mouse only), 1 footswitch port (1/4-inch TRS), 2 console light ports, Kensington lock slot

EUCON integration

Use S3 as a standalone control surface to record, edit, and mix Pro Tools (included) and other EUCON-enabled DAWs; simply connect S3 to a laptop (not included) over Ethernet AVB

Height (front, rear w/knobs)

1.3 inches, 2.8 inches (3.2 cm, 7.2 cm)


28 inches (71 cm)


14.3 inches (36.3 cm)


13.8 lbs (6.2 kg)


front and back E3 engine shots

E3 engine*


Runs VENUE software on built-in 64-bit Windows OS

Input channels

64 (with full processing)


24 aux busses, LCR, plus 8 mono matrixes and 8 VCAs

Onboard EQ

4-band parametric EQ on every input and output channel

Graphic EQs


Onboard dynamics

Compressor/limiter and expander/gate on every input and output channel


HDX, 32-bit floating point

Plug-in support

AAX DSP (supports Avid and third-party AAX DSP plug-ins, with 64-bit support in VENUE 4.5)

Pro Tools integration

Record/play back up to 64 audio tracks on a computer over the Ethernet AVB network—no Pro Tools interface required (computer not included)

2-track USB

Stereo record/playback via USB Flash drive (transport and playlist integrated into VENUE software)

Analog inputs

4 XLR mic/line inputs

Analog outputs

4 XLR line outputs

Digital I/O

4 channels of AES3 input and output (XLR)

Ancillary I/O

GPIO (2 in/2 out), Word Clock in/out

Additional connections

3 Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports, 1 ECx Ethernet port (for wired/wireless remote control), 1 DVI video port, 4 USB 2.0 ports (2 rear, 1 front, 1 internal)

Dimensions (H x W x D)

3.5 x 19 x 14.6 inches (8.8 x 48.3 x 37.1 cm)

Rack spaces



21 lbs (9.5 kg)


front and back Stage 16 shots

Stage 16 remote I/O*

Analog inputs

16 XLR mic inputs/preamps

Analog outputs

8 XLR line outputs

Digital outputs

4 channels of AES3 output

Dimensions (H x W x D)

6.9 x 19 x 8.1 inches (17.6 x 48.3 x 20.6 cm) with ears/handles out (rackmount configuration); 6.9 x 15.6 x 7.9 inches (17.6 x 39.6 x 20.2 cm) with ears/handles up (for stage box use)

Rack spaces



15.8 lbs (7.1 kg)


2 Gigabit Ethernet AVB ports (up to four Stage 16 boxes can be daisy-chained)

Snake cable type

Shielded 350 MHz Cat5e or better (Neutrik etherCON connectors required)

Maximum snake cable length

328 feet (100 meters)

* All features and specifications are subject to change. For detailed audio and technical specifications, see the S3L System Guide.