Jigsaw24 were asked by London post production facility Splice to supply and install a new cutting edge suit for their offline and audio requirements.
The take up of the Pro Tools S6 modular control surface from Avid by leading sound companies, music studios and post production houses continues to increase throughout Europe.
HHB Scrub have released a video overview of the Avid S6 Joystick Module. In the video, Scrub's Devin Workman takes a close look at the S6 Joystick Module, a master module of the Pro Tools S6 control surface
As part of their recent rebrand, Halo Post wanted to add a versatile new sound studio that would be equally at home handling TV and film projects. After demoing different systems at Jigsaw24's Golden Square facility, Halo and Jigsaw worked together to put together a Pro Tools S6-based system with DAD monitoring control and support for 7.1 film mixing.
Smart Post Sound is reputed to be the most highly awarded post production sound company in the business. Its dedication to sonic perfection has earned the company no less than 15 Emmy Awards, 35 MPSE Golden Reel Awards and many more throughout its history. A recent expansion saw Smart Post Sound add two new sound stages and no less than four brand new Avid S6 control surfaces to its facilities.
Starting today (20th August 2015) we can announce that Avid has introduced special pricing for existing D-Command and D-Control customers which will offer the opportunity to exchange their ICON hardware for a new Pro Tools | S6 System
Watch as Gary Lux and Richard McKernan demonstrate VCA Auto-Spill, the most anticipated and talked about new feature on Avid S6 v1.3 software. Once VCA Auto-Spill is enabled, you simply have to focus (or attention) the VCA master and all of the slaves automatically spill out on the surface, making adjustments and edits quicker and easier. Check it out, and stay tuned for more video tutorials on using the Avid S6.
To learn more about the Pro Tools | S6, visit our dedicated Avid Pro Tools | S6 blog.
In a previous video from RSPE, Hollywood Mixer Gary Lux and Avid’s own Richard McKernan showed how to create, edit and delete custom Layouts on the Avid Pro Tools | S6. This time they demonstrate the new and improved layout recall on the Avid Pro Tools | S6. The new feature, recently added on Pro Tools | S6 software v1.3, allows you to access your saved layouts quickly and without having to change what’s visible on the master module’s touch screen. Check it out, and stay tuned for more video tutorials.
To learn more about the Pro Tools | S6, visit our dedicated Avid Pro Tools | S6 blog.
Our friends at HHB-Scrub has supplied London’s LipSync Post with a 24-fader Avid S6 M10 console and Pro Tools upgrades.
LipSync Post is spread across two buildings in the heart of the post community in London’s Soho. Whilst upgrading their Studio 6 LipSync chose to fit an Avid S6 M10 control surface as well as a Pro Tools 11 HDX system and Scrub’s technical team customised the console layout to fit the workflow of LipSync’s engineers.
LipSync will also benefit from the new features added to the S6 in version 1.2 software, which further enhances the flexibility of layouts, VCA groups and the Softkey Editor, in addition to functions that enable editing directly from the Channel Strip.
LipSync Senior Re-Recording Mixer and Music Composer Rob Hughes told us…
When we came to update our desk in Studio 6, we wanted ultimate flexibility and integration with our Pro Tools HDX system. It’s a busy room that needs to serve as a mix studio for drama, short form and documentaries, as well as feeding work into our larger theatres and handling re-versioning and deliverables. The Avid S6 was our first choice and we’re delighted to be working with Scrub again. Their expertise is always invaluable in making the set up as fast and painless as possible.
The team from HHB will be in their usual position at IBC if you would like to have a chat with them about your requirements.
Our friends at RSPE Audio enlisted the help of Hollywood Mixer Gary Lux and Avid’s own Richard McKernan for a new S6 video tutorial. The video shows how VCA spill on the Avid S6 allows you to easily control a large number of channels with a smaller control surface. Check it out, and stay tuned for more video tutorials.
To learn more about the S6, visit our blog dedicated to Avid’s S6.
Our friends at HHB Scrub have released another video in their series on how to get more out of the Avid S6 control surface. This video demonstrates how the Softkeys provide fast control over menu, editing and automation functions in Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled DAWs.
Its hosted by HHB’s Devin Workman, who shows how the Softkeys can put virtually any Eucon function on the surface of the console for deep hands on control of a session. The 60 user-assignable Softkeys can be tailored to fit the user’s unique workflow by putting the keys that are used most within easy reach. Complex editing functions, automation of channels, plug-ins and volumes, and various other parameters can be controlled with the just the Softkeys and jog wheel. Workman also demonstrates that, like the S6, the Softkeys are application aware and update to the function specific to each DAW when switching between programs.
Other videos on Avid S6 Features from HHB
Tom Graham from Avid has recently interviewed Re-Recording Mixer Frank Morrone at Technicolor Toronto about how they are getting on with their new Avid S6 and in their interview Frank told Tom….
With LOST we had 7 computer monitors (for the 7 HD Systems) in front of us to get the visual feedback we needed. Now with the S6, I have the TFT (Meter) displays and all the information is streamlined right in front of me. I can get at it with a lot less clutter. And I really love the scrolling waveforms because when I’m doing my dialogue premixes I can see when a piece of dialogue is coming in on a track and if I need to raise my Fader because of the (relative) size of the incoming waveform. To be able to also see my metering, my compression and my EQ curves right next to the scrolling waveform are just great features and they really get you into a rhythm when you’re working. It’s a rhythm and efficiency that you could never get before.
You can read the full interviiew on the Avid Blog site.
Our friends at HHB have announced the release of their interactive Avid S6 Builder web app that enables users to create their own custom configuration of Avid’s new modular mixing console.
Using Drag and drop you can place modules in the arrangement of your choice and build a bespoke console tailored to your workflow.
The S6 Builder’s sophisticated interface walks you through the process with module descriptions provided throughout. Configurations can then be shared with colleagues or sent to HHB or audio post specialists Scrub for a quotation.
Early adopters like Soho’s Envy Post are already experiencing the flexibility and powerful features offered by S6. It is a fully customisable system that can be scaled vertically or horizontally, with room to grow as needs increase. You can choose between 12 pre-configured M10 and M40 consoles, or custom configure an M40 with up to 64 faders, nine knobs per channel and a maximum of 41 modules.
In their series of videos looking at the functionality of the Avid S6 control surface our friends at HHB Communications Ltd. have released of the second video, which highlights the features of the Master Touch and Automation Modules.
See the Avid S6 Master Touch Module
Hosted by Devin Workman, HHB’s S6 videos provide an in-depth tutorial with the 24-fader M40 S6 control surface that is housed in HHB subsidiary Scrub’s demo facilities. Devin begins the second video by highlighting the S6’s Master Touch Module (MTM), a 12.1-inch multipoint touchscreen that forms the core of the console. The MTM provides control of an entire session view or each individual track. All functions of a selected track, including dynamics, EQ curves, sends, surround panning and more, can be adjusted from the touchscreen. This is in addition to rotary encoders and dedicated knobs for monitoring and global control.
See the Avid S6 Automation Module
Devin also shows how the S6’s Automation Module provides a complete transport section for writing automation and navigating projects, a multi-function shuttle/job wheel, user programmable soft keys, the attention fader, colour shortcut displays and switches, a numeric keypad and more.
The third video in the S6 series will show how the Soft Keys offer quick access to menu, editing and automation functions. If you missed the first video in this series then you can watch it here.
Our friends at HHB have made this video introduction to the Avid S6 control surface.
The first S6 video in the series can be viewed on the HHB’s YouTube Channel you can watch the Avid S6 video introduction here. HHB’s Devin Workman provides an in-depth tutorial with the 24-fader M40 S6 installed at HHB’s Soho demo facility Scrub.
The first video introduces the component parts of the S6 and how they can be combined to provide deep integrated control of Pro Tools and other DAWs.
There are more videos to follow going further in-depth on how the S6’s innovative Master Touch and Automation Modules provide unparalleled DAW control from the listening position, and the S6’s Soft key control of menu, editing and automation functions.
We have been aware that Avid UK have been working with at least one S6 customer who has been having some issues with their new Avid S6 control surface.
It may be as a result, or not, but Avid have just released S6 Software version 1.1.1 for the S6 Master Module and associated workstations. They tell us that this software update delivers system improvements and critical updates for all S6 users.
Registered users will find the installers in their Avid Account > Your Products following S6 Software Activation.
S6 Software v1.1.1 includes the following improvements and fixes:
- Workstations reconnect after Master Module reboot
- Monitoring page has new controls for individual speaker cut, Main Monitor Source, Cues Source, Talkback and Dim levels, Foldown (not available on XMON)
- Knob Top color and brightness has been improved for better low-light visibility
- Knob response has been improved for better control
- Plug-ins can now be bypassed from the Home page (using the new IN control)
- Additional channel parameters (such as HEAT on Pro Tools and Quick Controls on Nuendo) can now be accessed from the Home screen
- Soft Keys have been reorganized
- Clear switch now allows channel strip reset on selected DAW’s (not available in Pro Tools)
- EQ and DYN switches now automatically insert the default EQ/Dynamics plug-in (if already defined in Pro Tools Preferences)
For more information see the S6 Software v1.1.1 Read Me