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Avid VENUE|S6L

Avid VENUE|S6L
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144-channel Live Mixing System with 24-fader S6L Control Surface with Touchscreen, E6L-144 Engine, and Stage 64 Remote I/O
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Avid's VENUE | S6L live mixing system empowers you to take on any type of live production. Sporting a robust E6L-144 engine and Avid's battle-tested VENUE software, the S6L provides you with the processing power to support system scalability, seamless Pro Tools integration, and onboard plug-ins — all with channel counts into the hundreds. That processing power culminates in a sleek yet rugged 24-fader control surface that utilizes a centralized multi-touch screen and customizable workflow to deliver you a totally modern live-mixing experience. And since you can configure your system using a choice of industry-standard networking and I/O components (sold separately), you can easily integrate the VENUE | S6L into the PA you already have or employ it as the foundation of a new system tailored to meet the challenges and demands of any mix situation.
 

S6L Control Surface

Provides you with extensive mix control

Sporting a centralized multi-touch screen, three banks of eight faders, and two banks of 32 knobs, the VENUE | S6L control surface gives you the extensive mix control that modern live sound mixing demands. The Master multi-touch screen gives you access to the Universe and other pages for main output processing, mix and matrix routing, and many other parameters. The Master Live central module gives you all the functions you need in a mixer's master section — fader banking, monitoring, recallable fader layouts, user-assignable flex-faders, and more, including a dedicated transport section for easy recording control. Each Channel Fader module gives you eight faders with channel and dynamics meters, and channel name displays all with easy-to-see high-resolution OLEDs. You'll also have all of the usual channel controls you need at your fingertips including mute, solo, and safe functions. For total control of your sound, the Channel Knob modules provide 32 touch-sensitive, tri-color encoders for parameter control, individual OLED displays, a switch that allows you to select each knob individually, and one that lets you insert or remove a knob's specific parameter from your signal path.
 

E6L-144 Mix Engine

A state-of-the-art processing powerhouse

Whether onstage or in a broadcast studio, live productions are more complex than ever, requiring truckloads of processing power to get the job done. Well, the VENUE | S6L's 144 channel-capable E6L-144 mix engine is up to the task, and gives you plenty of juice to spare. The E6L-144's state-of-the-art real-time processing engine handles all routing, channel, and mixing functions for maximum stability and power, while its HDX-powered DSP engine manages all AAX plug-in processing, with full automatic delay compensation. This allows you to create massive, great-sounding mixes with a plethora of processing channels and mix busses, all while experiencing tight, robust plug-in performance. And because all of the processing happens inside of the E6L-144, there are no round trips to external servers, providing you with amazingly low latency.
 

Stage 64 Rack

More than your average stagebox

An integral part of the VENUE | S6L, the Stage 64 rack goes beyond a mere stagebox. Offering more than just inputs and outputs, the Stage 64 has the tools and flexibility that professional engineers require to accomplish today's productions. The demands for more channels with better sound along with recording capabilities abound in today's entertainment venues, houses of worship, broadcast productions, and professional AV environments, and those demands are ever-increasing. Avid's VENUE | S6L is the system that will move you away from a pieced-together system that just works, and towards one that that will serve as a solid foundation for growing productions and advancing technologies. The Stage 64 rack serves this end with 64 microphone preamps that deliver great sound with clarity, warmth, and presence, and 32 outputs for monitor mixes, aux-fed subs, and zone mixing, giving you the output flexibility to send audio virtually anywhere you need to.
 

Mix, Match, and Expand Your System

Massive I/O and phenomenal connectivity

With its ultra-scalable modular system architecture, the VENUE | S6L lets you mix and match your choice of control surfaces, engines, and I/O to support virtually any live sound application. You get 12 I/O card slots, two Ethernet AVB ports, and dual MADI outputs, giving you a direct split of all 64 inputs for a separate monitor mixer. You can add up to four HDX DSP expansion cards for more plug-in processing power, a Thunderbolt card to capitalize on the speed and high channel count of Thunderbolt connectivity, or a Dante card for compatibility with a multitude of sound reinforcement devices. You can connect several Stage 64 racks together for hundreds of I/O channels, or you can use its card slots to add a combination of analog and digital I/O, networked audio operations, or direct integration of your Aviom personal monitor system.
 

Avid Production Software

Harness the potential of VENUE and Pro Tools

The brain behind all of the E6L's processing muscle is the VENUE live production software. If you're new to mixing with VENUE, you'll find that its straightforward tabbed-page architecture lets you navigate quickly and easily through the pages essential for mixing and routing. If you're already familiar with VENUE software, there's virtually no learning curve with the S6L system thanks to Avid's dedication to making your mix experience as uncomplicated as possible. And with increased-visibility updates to the interface, it's just as easy to mix an outdoor music festival in the full sun as it is inside a darkened theater. On top of that, VENUE software offers seamless integration with Pro Tools, providing you with incredibly powerful live recording capabilities. In fact, VENUE software automatically creates a Pro Tools session from your current VENUE show file, complete with all track names and patching, giving you simultaneous control over your live mixing and recording rigs.
 

64-bit AAX DSP

A wealth of plug-in processing power

When you mix on a VENUE | S6L system, you have access to the same effects plug-ins that are used in the world's top recording studios. And you can use lots of them! Thanks to the S6L's HDX-powered DSPs, you've got enough processing power to polish and fine-tune each and every channel of your mix to perfection. Compatible with both Avid and third-party 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, the S6L ensures that you have an amazingly vast number of choices for effects and sound processing.
 

Massive Mix Bus

Insanely robust monitoring capabilities

Thanks to its massive mix bus capacity, the VENUE | S6L system is able to handle dozens of stereo in-ear monitor mixes, wedge mixes, and backline mixes without breaking a sweat, all while providing you with immediate one-touch access to any mix on its faders. You get two independent stereo solo buses that are assignable to any physical output, so you can easily connect it to a cue belt pack and/or listen wedge. You also get two built-in headphone jacks on the S6L control surface. With the S6L system, you can monitor with confidence!
 

Avid VENUE Systems

Powerful features and steadfast reliability

You'll find Avid's VENUE systems powering the biggest tours, festivals, and installations in the world, thanks to their powerful features and steadfast reliability, and the VENUE | S6L is no exception. These robust systems are built to take whatever you throw at them, and then some. You get redundant power supplies and network configurations in every component, so you never have to worry about downtime. Having professional production capabilities at your fingertips is more important than ever, so call your Protel Sales Engineer to design the Avid VENUE | S6L live mixing system that's right for you.

  • Meet the most demanding live sound challenges with the industry's most powerful processing engine
  • Deliver the best sound quality possible with high-performance preamps running at high sample rates
  • Experience unmatched sound processing and tactile control through fully integrated, on-board plug-ins from Avid and our development partners
  • Get unprecedented Pro Tools capabilities, including Virtual Soundcheck, over Ethernet AVB and Thunderbolt*—no interface required
  • Share I/O across multiple networked systems with advanced gain tracking
  • Gain unmatched visual feedback and instant access to your most important functions through high-resolution touchscreens and OLED displays
  • Freely configure the modular system components and I/O to meet the demands of any live production
  • Interface with a range of network and I/O formats—including Ethernet AVB, Dante, MADI, Thunderbolt, and more*—for total connectivity freedom
  • Enjoy the familiar VENUE workflows and interface you know and love, with total show file compatibility

Control Surface

S6L-32D

S6L-24D

S6L-24

Daylight-visible touchscreens 12.1" touchscreen x 4 12.1" touchscreen x 3 12.1" touchscreen x 1
Faders 32 + 2 24 + 2 24 + 2
Knob Modules 3 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator 2 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator 2 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator
Master Live Module Graphic TFTs with soft buttons; Touch and Turn assignable encoder; 2 assignable faders; monitoring, layout and snapshot controls; transport controls and function buttons
Metering 30-segment meters per channel, with pre- and post-fade metering options; Nominal indicator, Expander/Gate status and Compressor/Limiter gain reduction meters
Analog inputs 8 XLR mic/line inputs with 48V and signal present LEDs
Analog outputs 8 XLR outputs with mute and signal present LEDs
Digital inputs 4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)
Digital outputs 4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)
Headphone outputs 2 independent 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jacks
Ancillary I/O DVI-D video out, 5 USB 2.0 (2 rear, 2 front, 1 internal), ECx Ethernet port for wired/wireless remote control, GPIO (8 in/8 out), 2 footswitch, Linear Time Code input, MIDI I/O
Ethernet AVB ports 2 etherCON (copper), 2 selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber); redundant ring topology
2-track USB Stereo record/playback via USB flash drive (transport and playlist integrated into VENUE software)
Power supply Dual redundant, internal hot-swappable PSUs
Height (front, rear) 3.6 x 15.3 inches (91 x 388 mm)
Width 51.3 inches (1,304 mm) 38.9 inches (989 mm) 38.9 inches (989 mm)
Depth 31 inches (787 mm)
Weight 154 lbs (70 kg) 121 lbs (55 kg) 121 lbs (55 kg)

Engine

E6L-192

E6L-144

Sample rates 48/96 kHz 48/96 kHz
Input channels 192 144
Input processing True Gain gain compensation, HPF, LPF, 4-band PEQ, Expander/Gate, Compressor/Limiter, Delay, 4 plug-in inserts, hardware insert
Mix busses 96 + LCR 64 + LCR
Output processing 7-band PEQ, Compressor/Limiter, Delay, 4 plug-in inserts, hardware insert
Matrix 24 x 24 16 x 16
VCAs 24 24
Stereo solo busses 2, with independent control
Graphic EQs (31-band) 32
Plug-in support HDX-powered, 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins via expansion slots
Plug-in slots 200 128
Pro Tools integration Record/play back up to 64 audio tracks via Ethernet AVB
Ethernet AVB ports 2 per Ethernet AVB card; selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber), with redundant ring topology; engine can be expanded with up to three Ethernet AVB cards
Word Clock I/O BNC, 75 Ohm coaxial
USB ports 5 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 2 back, 1 internal)
Power supply N+1 redundant, internal hot-swappable PSUs
Dimensions (H x W x D) 8.6 x 16.9 x 19 inches (218 x 430 x 483 mm)
Rack spaces 5U
Weight 61 lbs (28 kg) 61 lbs (28 kg)

I/O Rack

Stage 64

Maximum I/O 64 input channels, 32 output channels @ 48/96 kHz
I/O card slots 12
Sample rates 48/96 kHz
Ethernet AVB ports 2, selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber), with redundant ring topology
Maximum cable length Copper: 100 meters (328 feet); Fiber: 500 meters (1,640.4 feet)
MADI Dual MADI output offers direct split of all 64 inputs
Headphone confidence monitor 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jack with volume control; display for channel selection
Word Clock I/O BNC, 75 Ohm coaxial
Power supply Dual redundant internal PSUs
Dimensions (H x W x D) 17.5 x 17 x 12.2 inches (445 x 432 x 310 mm)
Rack spaces 10U
Weight 86 lbs (39 kg)
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