Hardware specifications

 S3 control surface  
 Channel strips/faders 16 (up to 6 fader banks) 
 Encoders 32 total (each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator)—16 assignable encoders, 8 channel control encoders, 8 global control encoders  
 Metering 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 
 Height (front, rear w/knobs) 1.3 inches, 2.8 inches (3.2 cm, 7.2 cm) 
 Width 28 inches (71 cm) 
 Depth 14.3 inches (36.3 cm) 
 E3 engine  
 Software Runs Avid VENUE software on built-in 64-bit Windows OS 
 Input channels 64 (with full processing) 
 Busses 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 16 
 Onboard dynamics Compressor/limiter and expander/gate on every input and output channel 
 DSP 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 2U 
 Weight 21 lbs (9.5 kg) 
 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) 
 Rack spaces 4U 
 Weight 15.8 lbs (7.1 kg) 
 Connections 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)