VENUE has long been one of the most requested live mixing systems in the world. And now the legacy continues with VENUE | S6L. Gain unprecedented processing capabilities with over 300 processing channels. Get unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design. Mix faster and easier through modern touchscreen workflows. And work with way more plug-ins and Pro Tools track counts than ever before. When you need to present the best mixes possible, S6L delivers unmatched power, clarity, and customization to meet the demands of any gig.
Meet any live sound challenge
S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design and backs it up with highly efficient touchscreen workflows and easy scalability to meet even the most demanding live productions. Like all VENUE systems, S6L provides onboard industry-standard plug-ins and Pro Tools integration, but with more processing power and track counts than ever before. Plus, with a comprehensive array of network and I/O offerings, you can easily configure the system for any application.
Get the renowned sound of VENUE
Artists and engineers alike use VENUE systems because of their amazing sound quality and clarity. S6L is no different—yet it elevates your live sound possibilities even further. Present the best sound quality possible with high-performance preamps running at high sample rates. Get incredible clarity, warmth, and presence throughout the signal path. And easily re-create the sound of the studio—live—using the same audio plug-ins used in countless recording studios.
Pump up performances with massive power
Concert tours. Broadway shows. Broadcast events. Today’s stage productions are bigger and more complex than ever. That’s why we designed a groundbreaking new engine for S6L—the VENUE | E6L—which combines two powerhouse technologies that work in concert together. With a state-of-the-art real-time processing engine and dedicated DSP plug-in processing, you get unrivaled processing capabilities to handle an extraordinary number of channels—without the complication or stress.
Get the flexibility and reliability you need
Freely configure the modular system components and I/O for any type of show. Seamlessly integrate Pro Tools recording and playback into any performance. Save hours of prep and pre-show time with Virtual Soundcheck. Interface with a range of network and I/O formats, including Ethernet AVB, Dante, and MADI. And share I/O across multiple networked systems with advanced gain tracking and per-option card output sharing.
Gain more I/O flexibility—just added
With the latest VENUE software release, 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.
Get better insight into your mix—just added
With the new 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 new view provides all of the same functionality as the Meters view on your Channel Touch Modules.
Access key commands faster—just added
Need a quick way to run a system test, lock your console, or shut things down? The latest VENUE software adds two new fast-access buttons to the Master Touchscreen. With the System button, 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 new VENUE 5.4 software for S6L, 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
The latest VENUE software for S6L provides many 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.
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Take intelligent control of your mix
When you’re mixing live, there are no do-overs. You have to anticipate and react fast. With 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, 24×7. 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 8×8 analog I/O, 8×8 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.
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.
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 (see below). But you can expand your creative possibilities even further with renowned plug-ins from Avid, Sonnox, McDSP, and other top audio designers. Get Waves SoundGrid support over MADI. Access unbelievable emulations of modern and vintage hardware processors. Shape sounds to perfection with a wide array of EQs and filters. Create stunning sound effects. And more…