SoundGrid Rack for VENUE

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SoundGrid Rack for VENUE enables live sound engineers to run Waves plugins directly within Avid’s VENUE | S6L mixing console, with tactile control from the console’s surface knobs and no need for a computer host or external network switch.


SoundGrid Rack is a plugin that runs within the VENUE S6L environment and loads up to 8 SoundGrid-compatible Waves plugins per instance. All standard VENUE plugin features apply, including Config and Show modes, delay compensation, snapshot automation, and detailed tactile control of plugin parameters.

You can run up to 128 mono or 64 stereo SoundGrid Racks within the S6L, each containing up to 8 plugins. The included SoundGrid Inventory component (also available as a separate download from Waves Central) manages your SoundGrid network and allows you to monitor its status.

To complete the system, you’ll also need the WSG-HD Waves SoundGrid Option Card (purchased separately from Avid), VENUE software version 5.7 or later, a Waves SoundGrid server to process the plugins, and Waves plugin licenses of your choice. With the WSG-HD card installed in the console’s engine, you can connect up to two Waves SoundGrid servers (primary and redundant) directly to the S6L system, with no additional interface, network switch or computer host necessary: a focused, simplified, powerful setup to meet your most grueling live sound demands.

  • Run Waves plugins directly within your Avid VENUE | S6L console
  • 128 audio paths at 96 kHz
  • Follows standard operation of all plugins in the VENUE plug-in rack
  • Tactile control surface mapping for all Waves plugins
  • Snapshot automation for plugin parameters
  • Legacy VENUE show file compatibility
  • Server redundancy with automatic failover
  • No external computer host or network switch necessary

What you’ll need to get started

  1. Avid WSG-HD Waves SoundGrid Option Card
  2. Qualified SoundGrid Server
  3. Secondary SoundGrid server for redundancy (optional)
    Important: To assure best performance, it is crucial that the redundant server is the same model and revision as the main server.
  4. Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cables
  5. Waves license for SoundGrid Rack for VENUE
  6. Licenses for Waves plugins
  7. USB flash drive for installation & license management
  8. Computer that has access to the Internet (Mac or Windows) for activating licenses and downloading an offline installer

SoundGrid Rack for VENUE setup with redundant servers

A SoundGrid Rack for VENUE setup consists of the following:

  1. Avid Venue S6L digital console system
  2. WSG-HD Option Card installed in the console engine
  3. SoundGrid DSP server handling plugin processing (you can add a second server for redundancy)
  4. SoundGrid Rack for VENUE
  5. SoundGrid-compatible plugins and bundles

SoundGrid Rack for VENUE running on two consoles

If running two VENUE S6L consoles, each system will need its own WSG-HD card, SoundGrid Rack for VENUE, and SoundGrid server (or two if running with redundancy).


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