Customize your surface
Design the perfect mixing surface for your workflow. Choose a preconfigured system or build your own with an accompaniment of Fader, Knob, Process, and Display Modules. Add optional modules for surround and post mixing. Personalize it further with a variety of accessories, from keyboard and script trays to speaker mounts. And because it can be scaled horizontally and vertically, you can configure S6 with the modules you need now to fit your budget, with room to expand in the future as your needs grow. Working in a smaller room? Check out Avid S4, which provides all the power of S6 in a smaller surface.
Get intelligent touch control
The Master Touch Module serves as the engine of your entire surface and central hub of operation. With its 12.1-inch tilting multipoint touchscreen, knobs, and other controls, you can quickly access and control different aspects of your mix and system. Navigate and edit tracks and plugins fast. Select, mute, solo, and record-enable channels. View metering and parameter statuses. Get extensive monitoring and routing control to handle the biggest, most complex mixes, including Dolby Atmos. Perform multistep tasks instantly with customizable soft keys. And much more.
See your mix in whole new ways
Stay on top of your mix with one or more Display Modules, which provide extensive and unique visual feedback. Not only can you view multiple channel meters, track names, routing, groups, and other information, but also insightful data that will elevate your mixing experience. View high-resolution scrolling Pro Tools waveforms, which you can edit right from the surface. Display track automation data, gain reduction metering, EQ curves, and more. And with the latest EUCON software, you can now turn the display into a Master Meter Module, so you can keep your Master and Bus meters visible at all times.
Work with what you want
You have a lot of choices when it comes to the tools you use to create music, sound for picture, or videos. So why not use a control surface that respects the choices you make? Pro Tools | S6 does. That’s because it features EUCON, a high-speed Ethernet-based technology that enables the hardware to communicate directly with any EUCON-enabled application—and vice-versa. And because it’s application-aware, you can switch from a Pro Tools project to Logic Pro, Nuendo, and other audio software in seconds.
Bring S6 to your attention
With the latest EUCON software, you can now set how S6 reacts to actions you perform in your DAW. Simply select the behaviors and DAW areas you’d like to engage to attention in your EUCON General settings. For example, if you select “Name” to be actionable, you can click on any track name in your DAW and S6 will automatically attention that same track on its surface. Or select “Fader” and whenever you click on a fader in your software, S6 will automatically put that fader into focus.
Work faster and more flexibly
You can also now have Plug-in, Pan, and Send windows open and close automatically whenever you select them for editing to speed things along. You can also suspend all faders from following automation, view fader values in track name displays for a custom length of time, enable/disable all plugin automation with a surface shortcut, control soft keys using GPIs, activate GPOs from soft keys, control faders externally using GPIs, and control Thinklogical KVM matrix switches via Ethernet.
Navigate sessions more easily
When using S6 with Pro Tools, the surface now fully supports ICON-favorite “Scroll to Track” and “Scroll into View” features, making it easy to scroll Pro Tools windows and bank your control surface accordingly to get to the tracks you need faster. With Scroll to Track, you can quickly search for and scroll to a track by typing the first few letters of the track’s name. With Scroll into View, you can quickly scroll a track into view by clicking on the track name.
Remote control your S6
Wish you could step away from your console and be in the same room as the performer you’re recording? With the free Pro Tools | Control app, you can control track recording, playback, and other transport functions on your S6 remotely from an iPad. It’s ideal for capturing ADR and Foley performances. And it gives you the flexibility to position yourself anywhere in the studio while mixing a music or audio post session.
Command multiple DAWs at once
Mixing a large-scale music, movie, or TV post-production session that spans multiple audio workstations can be a logistical challenge. S6 provides easy control, enabling you to send commands from your Soft Keys to all connected DAWs simultaneously to save a session, punch out of automation, and perform other tasks in concert as one. And if you’re working in a smaller studio or editing suite, check out the new Avid S4, which provides the mixing power of S6 in a smaller surface.
Gain flexibility with the modular design
S6 is built to grow and change with you at every stage of your business. With a first-of-its-kind modular design, you can customize/modify the surface at any time with the modules, options, and accessories you need to match your current workflow for the greatest cost efficiency. Then scale the surface—horizontally and vertically—as your business grows in the future. Get started fast with a preconfigured surface or design your own custom desk and go from there.
Work faster with superior ergonomics
S6 acts and feels like a physical extension of your software, providing a truly immersive experience. Turn around projects fast with efficient editing and mixing control. Quickly navigate hundreds of tracks and access and edit plugins, pans, and more with the touchscreen. Position sounds exactly where you want or move them around through time with tactile precision. And see every mix detail with unprecedented visual feedback, including Pro Tools waveform scrolling.
Get extensive visual feedback
Get the critical visual insight you need to mix with confidence and speed. Note channel modes from the top-lit, multicolor knobs. View tracks, meters, panning, and other visuals on the master touchscreen. See track names, automation status, and other info through color OLEDs. And on S6 M40 surfaces with the Display Module, you can see channel names, multifunction meters, processing graphs, variable speed Pro Tools waveform scrolling, incoming clip names, and more.
Take intelligent control of Pro Tools
Pair S6 with Pro Tools and get extended visual feedback and unique features to accelerate your efficiency every step of the way. Automate tracks and edit plugins. Access parameters quickly by expanding plugins across knob modules. Access all channels in a VCA Master by “spilling” them across multiple channel strips. View gain reduction and scrolling waveforms (on S6 M40 surfaces with a Display Module only). You can even edit clips directly from a channel strip.
Immerse yourself in Dolby Atmos®
Today’s moviegoers have high expectations, demanding more bang for their buck. That’s why Dolby Atmos is the hottest surround format in cinema and home theater, delivering bigger, more immersive audio experiences to viewers. And now you can get hands-on access to the most efficient Dolby Atmos mixing workflows in the industry—right from any Pro Tools | S6 surface and in Pro Tools | Ultimate.