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What is Avid S6?

Avid redefines mixing once again with the all-new S6 control surface. Leveraging the best of the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary new modular design, S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer. And because it's built on proven technology, trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, S6 delivers the performance you need to complete projects faster and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.

S6 Highlights

• Customize the surface with only the modules you need for great cost efficiency
• Scale the system from mid- to large-format to match your workflow, with room to grow
• Mix faster and easier with intelligently designed controls, touchscreen, and intuitive layout
• Access and manipulate multiple aspects of your mix through the master touchscreen
• See your mix in a whole new way with detailed visual feedback and professional metering
• Get the deep, integrated Pro Tools® mixing control only Avid can provide
• Extend your control to Logic Pro, Nuendo, and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs
• Experience highly responsive, precision control with high-speed EUCON connectivity
• Control up to eight audio workstations simultaneously—even from across the facility
• Configure, scale, and reconfigure the surface easily through the Ethernet network



S6 Features



Revolutionary modular design

S6 is built to grow with you at every stage of your business—now and in the future. With a first-of-its-kind modular design, you can customize the surface with the modules you need to match your current workflow for the greatest cost efficiency, and scale the surface—horizontally and vertically—as your business grows. Choose a pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surface with the options you need or, with S6 M40, customize the surface even further with different channel control combinations.



Superior ergonomics

S6 acts and feels like a physical extension of your software, providing a truly intuitive and immersive experience. Turn around projects faster with high-precision editing and mixing control at your fingertips. Quickly access and edit plug-ins, surround panning, and more with the multipoint touchscreen. And see every detail of your mix with unprecedented visual feedback, including waveform scrolling.


Networked connectivity

S6 features high-speed EUCON Ethernet connectivity, enabling the surface to communicate directly with Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled DAWs and provide a deeply integrated experience. Control up to eight audio workstations and media applications simultaneously anywhere on your network—even systems across the facility—with incredible responsiveness. And because S6 features truly networked communication, it’s easy to configure, scale, and reconfigure the surface at whim.


Take intelligent control of Pro Tools

Pair S6 with Pro Tools and you gain the Avid advantage of faster workflows, extended visual feedback, and unique features to accelerate your efficiency every step of the way. From recording tracks and assigning and editing plug-ins, to viewing scrolling waveforms (on S6 M40 surfaces with a Display Module), writing automation, recalling snapshots, and more, S6 offers the Pro Tools integration that only Avid can provide.


Intelligent studio control

In addition to Pro Tools, S6 provides the flexibility to extend your mixing control to Logic Pro, Nuendo, Cubase, and other EUCON-enabled DAWs. This enables you to mix multiple music and/or audio post projects created on different audio workstations simultaneously, and easily switch out sessions in seconds—all from a single control surface.


Extensive visual feedback

S6 offers unprecedented visual feedback, enabling you to monitor every facet of your mix. From top-lit status knobs and the master touchscreen, which can display tracks, meters, panning, and other visuals, to color OLEDs and high-resolution screens at the top of the console that provide full channel names, processing graphs, Pro Tools waveform scrolling, and more, you get the critical visual insight you need to mix with complete confidence and speed.


Proven and trusted technology

S6 delivers incredible workflow acceleration, highly responsive handling, and deep DAW integration - all built on proven technology, trusted by top audio professionals int he most demandign production environments. The result: you get the exceptional, dynamic performance you need to deliver your best sounding mix possible - on time, every time.


Avid S6 - Build your own surface
  Because S6 can be scaled both horizontally and vertically using an array of surface models, you can configure it with the modules you need now to fit your budget, with room to expand as your needs grow. Choose one of the pre-configured systems or build your own. Here's a look at the various modules you can choose.    
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S6  Fader Module   S6 Knob Module   S6 Process Module   S6 Display Module
• Eight motorized faders
• Dual tri-colour LED meters per channel (with gain redution metering)
• Mute, solo and other switches with colour LEDs
• Control levels for eight simultaneous tracks 
  • 32 multicolour LED top-lit knobs (four per channel)
• 32 OLED dsplays for labels and visual feedback
• 11 function select switches per channel with colour LEDs
• Works in conjunction with the Process Module
• Control up to 32 simultaneous encoder values; stack two Knob Modules 
  (S6 M40-based surfaces only) to get up to nine knobs per channel
  • Eight multicolour LED top-lit knobs (one per channel)
• 22 function slect switches per channel with colour LEDs
• Eight OLED displays for labels and visual feedback
• Provides mode selectors for Knob Modules to control upto nine simultaneous encoder values
  • 8-channel high-resolution TFT display
• Integrated single board computer
• Available only with S6 M40 configurations
• Provides deep visual feedback, including channels names, audio meters, routing, groups, DAW affiliation, scro;ing Pro tools waveforms and more.


Master Modules—The control surface engines

Master modules are the central hubs of your S6 surface. All surfaces must include a main engine, which provides touchscreen access and control; you have a choice between two—S6 M40 or S6 M10. The S6 Automation Module complements both, providing controls for transport, automation, and more. Here’s a closer look at these modules.

M40 vs. M10

The engine you choose dictates the total number of modules you can include in your S6 and impacts its overall size and customizability. Choose the high-performance M40 for large-scale productions that require maximum channels, high-resolution metering screens, and customizability, or the more affordable M10 for productions that need to fit into smaller rooms and budgets. Both feature a tilting 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen, eight adjacent rotary encoders, and dedicated knobs and keys for monitoring and global control, enabling you to view, access, and edit different aspects of your mix—such as tracks, processing, and metering—without mousing through menus.

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Main engines    S6 M40    S6 M10  
Best for…   High-end professionals and facilities 
that need great scalability and 
  Budget-conscious pros and 
small- to mid-size facilities
Maximum number of modules   41    9  
Maximum number of faders   64   24  
Maximum knobs per channel   9   5  
Number of simultaneous workstations supported   8   2  
High-resolution S6 Display Module support    Yes    No  
Configuration availability   Pre-configured 
and custom
  Pre-configured, with limited 


S6 Automation Module
This master module is included in all pre-configured systems, but is an optional add when building your own S6 M40-based surface (though you’d probably want one). It features a full transport control section (including a shuttle/jog wheel), focus fader, automation control, color shortcut displays and switches, a numeric keypad, and more for writing automation and navigating projects.


Pre-configured surfaces

The following pre-configured S6 surfaces are available to handle most music and post workflows. You can customize any S6 M40 by adding a Producer’s Desk, Leg Assemblies, or customize the surface further with different channel module combinations.


M40-based S6 configurations

With 16 faders, 5 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-16-5-D)
With 24 faders, 5 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-24-5-D)
With 32 faders, 5 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-32-5-D)
With 16 faders, 9 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-16-9-D)
With 24 faders, 9 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-24-9-D)
With 32 faders, 9 knobs per channel, and TFT displays (S6 M40-32-9-D)


M10-based S6 configurations 

With 8 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-8-5)
With 8 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-8-5) and Producer's Desk
With 16 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-16-5)
With 16 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-16-5) and Producer's Desk
With 16 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-16-5) Leg Assemblies and Producer's Desk
With 24 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-24-5)
With 24 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-24-5) and Producer's Desk
With 24 faders, 5 knobs per channel (S6 M10-24-5) Leg Assemblies and Producer's Desk

Surface options

Ergonomic extras to personalize your desk 

  • Blank Panel—Cover empty module spaces with a smooth surface
  • Display VESA Arm—Mount your DAW monitor on the surface with an adjustable arm
  • Producer’s Desk—Integrate a keyboard and DAW display directly into your control surface
  • Sliding Keyboard Tray—Get hands-on with your computer keyboard wherever you’re sitting
  • Sliding Script Tray—Hold pen, paper, and your personal devices within easy reach
  • Speaker Bridge Mount—Place speakers in an optimal position with the S6 frame

Need more information ?
you can find some standard setups with specifications in the Pro Tools Audio section of our website click here to be redirected to the S6 M40 and S6 M10 standard setups.  

So what now?

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