World-class Control Surface for Smaller Studios
How would you like an industry-standard Avid S6 control surface in a more compact and budget-friendly unit? Designed for small to mid-sized music and audio post studios, Avid S4 accelerates your workflow with the same award-winning touch workflows in a streamlined, semi-modular surface with intelligent DAW control. S4 is a modular system available in three standard configurations and customizable with a selection of optional, specialized modules. Whether you’re a music creator, sound designer, or post-production pro working in immersive audio formats, or educational facility administrator, you’ll find Avid S4 to be an ideal workflow solution.
Included S4 modules
S4 is semi-modular, enabling you to configure a control surface with up to three Channel Strip Modules (for 8, 16, or 24 faders, depending on configuration), four Display Modules, and up to three optional modules for your workflow needs. Core components that come with all Avid S4 configurations include the S4 Frame, Master Touch Module, Channel Strip Module, and Automation Module. The fully integrated Channel Strip Module and preassembled frame streamline configuration and setup, so you’ll be up and running quickly.
- S4 Frame: Preassembled frame layout for your control surface, available in 3-, 4-, or 5-foot widths to accommodate configurations of up to three Channel Strip Modules
- Channel Strip Module: Lets you control track levels, plug-ins, and other parameters via eight channel faders, 32 top-lit knobs (four per channel), and additional keys and switches
- Master Touch Module: Gives you quick access to your mix and control parameters through a tilting 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen, plus eight adjacent rotary encoders and other dedicated knobs and keys
- Automation Module lets you navigate and automate projects efficiently with a full transport control section that includes a shuttle/jog wheel, a focus fader, automation control, a numeric keypad, and additional keys and switches
Customize your surface with optional modules
You can add up to four displays and up to three additional modules to your S4 setup, including Display, Joystick, and Attention Knob Modules, as well as a Post Module with two rows of ten PEC/Direct paddles that enable seamless playback/input toggling to ensure they sound identical before you punch in to record. To fully customize your S4 surface for post production, you can also add dual joysticks and additional assignable knob controls to optimize it for re-recording workflows in surround and immersive formats.
Better mixes, faster
Many of the musicians, engineers, and post-production pros at Sweetwater have been using Avid control surfaces for years. The first thing they will tell you is that adding a surface to your Pro Tools setup provides a tremendous productivity boost. From tweaking plug-ins and writing automation to performing complex tasks with a single-key macro, S4 will streamline and accelerate your workflow, letting you mix faster and more efficiently and concentrate on what matters most: your mix. From scrolling high-resolution Pro Tools waveforms to viewing channel meters, mix groups, EQ curves, and automation data, S4 provides extensive visual feedback and insight into your session, so you can create great-sounding mixes with confidence.
Unmatched hands-on control across multiple DAWs
S4 is powered by EuCon, a high-speed control protocol developed by Avid that enables deep hardware/software integration with Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other audio software over Ethernet at 250 times the speed and eight times the resolution of MIDI. EuCon automatically detects whatever application is in the foreground and instantly sets the high-resolution touchscreen and displays, motorized faders, and arsenal of controls to match. With S4, you can even mix tracks from two different DAWs simultaneously.
Quickly and easily create Dolby Atmos mixes
With your Avid S4 and Pro Tools | Ultimate, you’ll have the most efficient hands-on Dolby Atmos mixing workflow in the industry with unprecedented integration for quicker project turnaround. Plus, the S4’s compact size makes it easy to equip smaller rooms for immersive audio. And with easily assignable talkback, listenback, and speaker sources and levels, the S4 makes monitoring everything from simple headphone mixes for music recording to complex surround formats a piece of cake.
Avid S4 8 Control Surface Includes:
- S4 Frame with 3 buckets
- 1 Channel Strip Module
- 1 Master Touch Module
- 1 Automation Module
- High-speed EuCon Ethernet protocol
- Deep hardware/software integration with Pro Tools, Nuendo, Pyramix, Logic Pro, Cubase, and more
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