New features

Directly control Waves plug-ins—coming soon

With the new WSG-HD Option Card, you can run Waves SoundGrid systems with Avid VENUE | S6L and experience full unrivaled integration, enabling you to access and control Waves plug-ins directly from the S6L surface and VENUE software. Just as easily as and right alongside your AAX plug-ins. It’s super-simple to set up, supports Snapshot automation, and provides full system redundancy for the utmost reliability. You can even open older VENUE (TDM) show files that use Waves plug-ins right in S6L and have all of your settings ready to go.

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Mix monitors on your iPhone or iPad—just added

Wish you could step away from S6L and fine-tune individual monitor mixes on stage? You can with the new VENUE | On-Stage iOS app, which enables you to control Aux master levels, Aux send levels, and Aux pans remotely through its VENUE-style interface. You can even let performers control their monitor mixes using their own mobile device. Best of all, it's a free download from the Apple App Store.

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Accelerate monitor mixing—just added

In addition to its On-Stage app support, VENUE 5.6 and later software brings new features and enhancements to S6L to make mixing monitors easier. Access sends or members of a mix quickly with the new Sends on Faders button. Maintain the Aux, Group, Matrix, or VCA master fader position when spilling its members for better efficiency. Set up simple coms by feeding monitor busses A and B to the matrix with other channel types. Get better visibility into VCA members in Meters view. Simplify your channel display to streamline information and gain better control. And more.

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Get better insight into your mix

With the Meters view on the Master Touchscreen, you can now get an uninterrupted continuous view of your channel metering across all of your S6L console screens. This view provides all of the same functionality as the Meters view on your Channel Touch Modules.

Gain more I/O flexibility

You can now use Avid Stage 16 remote I/O boxes in addition to your Stage 64 rack, giving you more networked I/O distribution flexibility. Each Stage 16 box provides 16 analog inputs, 8 analog outs, and 4 digital outs, making it an ideal compact solution for expanding or distributing I/O across any performance space. Connect up to four Stage 16s and two Stage 64s to support up to 192 analog inputs.

Access key commands faster

Need a quick way to run a system test, lock your console, or shut things down? With the new System button on the Master Touchscreen, you can quickly access such system commands as Shutdown, Info, Update, Lock, and Clear System. And if things aren’t working as expected, the Troubleshooting button enables you to quickly access and run system tests and more, directly from the control surface.

Mix theater productions with ease

Stay on top of every performer, act, and scene with new workflow enhancements that take the stress out of mixing live theater. Add any of the 96 aux sends to your snapshot Scope. Gain greater efficiency with numerous snapshot advancements. And perform complex mixing adjustments with speed and ease thanks to significant updates to the intuitively programmable Events system.

Take ownership of any output

When sharing Stage 64 I/O racks across two S6L systems, all outputs are no longer "owned" by a master system. With the latest VENUE software, any sound engineer on your network can take ownership of the shared Stage 64 outputs on a per-option card basis, giving you even more versatility and workflow possibilities.

Mix faster, the way you want

VENUE software provides many other new control surface and software workflow enhancements to simplify and let you customize your mixing experience. Drag and drop output channels. See the name of the Event your Function keys will trigger in the MLM and the user-defined names of your devices in the Patchbay. Get faster access to the functions and controls you need. And so much more.

System features

Take intelligent control of your mix

When you’re mixing live, there are no do-overs. You have to anticipate and react fast. With Avid VENUE | S6L, you get instant access to every facet of your mix. View detailed information across high-res displays—in even the brightest outdoor conditions. Access and adjust your mix, including plug-ins and VCA groups, using the touchscreen and surface controls. And gain insight into every input, aux, and more through the Universe screen.

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Experience unprecedented power

From Broadway to broadcast, many live shows require hundreds of channels. With the VENUE | E6L engine, you have the power to support over 300 processing channels. The real-time processing engine handles all routing, channel, and mixing functions. The HDX-powered DSP engine manages all plug-in processing, with full automatic delay compensation, so you can create bigger, better sounding mixes—with no round trips to external servers. Simply put, it outperforms the competition—hands down.

Achieve pristine sound—live

VENUE systems have always been respected for their unprecedented sound quality. The clarity. The warmth. S6L is no different—yet it totally is. And it starts at the source. To handle stage connections, the Stage 64 rack features an all-new high-performance preamp design. So you can present even higher quality mixes, with incredible presence.

Expand your creativity

Mix with the same sound processors used in top studios to get the sounds you want. Or re-create an artist’s signature studio sound live. Because S6L directly supports Avid and third-party 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, you’ll have far more creative choices at your fingertips than any other live mixing system. Plus, you’ll be able to use way more plug-ins in your mix, thanks to the system’s dedicated, scalable HDX-powered DSP processing.

Create your dream system

You wouldn’t use the same setup to mix a music festival as you would a club tour. That’s why S6L is both modular and scalable, so you can configure your system for the show at hand. Choose from three control surfaces to meet your needs. Select the ideal E6L engine to support your channel count requirements. And go beyond a maximum 64 mic inputs with one Stage 64 by connecting additional I/O racks.

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Have peace of mind

VENUE | S6L not only delivers road-tested, industry-proven reliability, it offers the highest level of service and support in the biz. Even when on the road or in the most extreme environments. All S6L systems now come with three years of Avid Advantage Elite Live support, giving you the highest priority care whenever you need help, 24x7. From ultra-fast response times, to same-day hardware exchange shipping, we’ve got you covered so your show always goes on.

Choose your ins and outs

Customize one or more Stage 64 racks with the I/O you need and add Stage 16 racks for additional local I/O or further I/O distribution. You can stock each Stage 64 with up to 64 inputs and 32 outputs. Choose from a variety of analog and digital I/O, including mic/line XLR, AES/EBU, and ADAT connectivity. You also have additional I/O built into the control surface for added flexibility, including 8x8 analog I/O, 8x8 AES I/O (4 pairs), two headphone outputs, MIDI I/O, and GPIO.

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Connect with everything

S6L offers extremely reliable Ethernet AVB connectivity across all system components—no matter how long the cable runs. Put an end to expensive, bulky analog snakes. Use lightweight, inexpensive Cat5e cables for runs up to 100 meters. Or use fiber-optic cable for longer runs up to 500 meters. Need to connect to MADI or Dante devices? Just add option cards to integrate S6L into your existing environment.

Share I/O

Forget fussing with bulky analog splits. You can share the same I/O across multiple networked S6L systems—without any loss of audio quality. This alone can save you thousands by reducing I/O and cable requirements, set-up time, and transportation costs. Plus, True Gain technology automatically manages gain compensation to ensure the proper signal levels in each engineer’s mix.

Mix monitors with ease

Help artists deliver great performances. S6L makes it easy to handle dozens of monitor mixes on the fly. Get one-touch access to any mix on the faders, whether in-ear, a wedge, or backline. Integrate Aviom personal monitoring systems over Dante. Monitor two independent stereo solo busses, which can be assigned to a cue belt pack and/or listen wedge. Plus, get two built-in headphone jacks for local monitoring.

Software features

Learn once, mix anywhere

When it comes to live performances, being able to present a high-quality mix quickly is critical. VENUE software makes it easy. As the common platform across all VENUE systems, it speeds up all aspects of live mixing and recording, eliminating complexity. So you can focus more on what matters—your mix. With S6L, the software sports a new modern, high visibility look, optimized for touchscreen operation. But if you’ve mixed on any other VENUE system, you’ll feel right at home.

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Record straight into Pro Tools

Experience the most powerful live recording and playback capabilities in the industry. Create a Pro Tools session automatically from your current VENUE show file in seconds—complete with all track names and patching. Record and play back up to 128 audio tracks through a single Cat5e cable. And control your live mixing and recording rigs as one. With its tight Pro Tools integration, S6L is the perfect front-end into the Avid MediaCentral Platform.

Save time with Virtual Soundcheck

When sound checks get compressed or scrapped, show time becomes stress time. With timesaving Virtual Soundcheck, you can get a head start on your mix using Pro Tools recordings from a previous night’s performance in place of the live mics. Then fine-tune from there. And because it doesn’t require the presence of any performer, it’s also a great way to prep a show, from programming snapshots to experimenting with different plug-ins.

Boost your efficiency

With Snapshots, you can store and recall console and plug-in settings instantly. Set multiple snapshots to handle changes for every song in a set list. Or quickly switch settings for different performers or scenes. You can also trigger time-consuming but frequently performed actions using Events.

Take your mix to go

All VENUE systems use the same software, so you can load any VENUE show file into any S6L system and be ready to rock. This makes it easy to transition from one console to another, like when going from a club tour to a big festival. Just copy your show files to a USB key and load them into S6L. VENUE software adapts the settings to fit within the available hardware and software feature set of the given VENUE system configuration.

Expand your sonic palette

S6L comes with an amazing collection of studio-quality plug-ins to get you started. But you can expand your library even further by installing renowned plug-ins from Avid, Sonnox, McDSP, and other top audio designers directly into the system, as well as integrate Waves plug-ins through the Waves SoundGrid Option Card. From unbelievable emulations of vintage and modern hardware, to a wide array of compressors, EQs, delays, and other sound processors, your creative possibilities are endless.

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