Avid has quietly released their new Avid S4 Control Surface today and to support this compact Pro Tools controller, Avid has also released the latest version of their Eucon software and the software to support the S6 and S4 control surfaces. We have all the details.
What’s New In The S4/S6 Software V19.9
Avid S4 Support
The same Master Module software 19.9 or later runs both S6 and S4 systems. Sessions, Titles, Soft Keys, user preferences and other data is transferable between systems
Auto Expand Inserts Selection
A new Inserts Selection option has been added to the choices for Auto Expand, located in the Strips/Auto Expand Functions section of Settings > User.
Enable this setting to have any insert Auto Expand when selected from the top-level knob set on S6 Knob Modules or from the S4 upper Knob section.
With the ability to trigger Auto Expand from Inserts Selection, you have more flexibility for when Expand mode is automatically enabled. For example, by leaving the Auto Expand > EQ setting off, you can use the EQ switch to display a track’s EQ plug-ins without immediately entering Expand mode for the first, last edited, or designated cycle slot. With Inserts Selection enabled, you can then directly expand the EQ plug-in you want. By comparison, when Auto Expand > Inserts is enabled pressing the Ins switch causes other strips to darken.
Increased Atmos Monitoring Sources, Folddowns, and Speakers
When S4/S6 is connected to a supported monitoring application you can create up to 24 Monitor Sources, 16 Folddowns, and 22 Speakers. In addition, all 24 possible Monitor Sources are available as Surface Soft Keys.
Centralised Log File Collection
The Collect Support Files choice in the WSControl menu simplifies the gathering of log files that are sometimes for troubleshooting and support. This command is also available from the EuControl menu when using the Control app, S3, Dock or Artist Series.
To create logs:
Choose Collect Support Files from the WSControl menu.
Mac Click on the EuControl or WSControl icon in the menu bar.
Windows Right-click on the EuControl or WSControl icon in the System Tray at the bottom of the screen.
In the Save dialog that appears, choose or make note of the destination for the saved files, then click Save Support Files. Or click Cancel to cancel without saving support files.
A .zip file is created containing all log files and crash reports that might be requested by Avid Customer Support.
What’s Fixed In The S6 Software V19.9
When Edit Window was enabled in the Attention Most Recently Clicked DAW Area settings (in the Attention section of Settings > User), clicking in the Pro Tools Edit window and using “p” and “;” keys to navigate up/down could result in blank Attention Expand Zones. Beginning in 19.9 the Primary and Backup Functions will populate Attention Expand Zones
It was possible for knob assignments to fail to be recalled with Layouts
Note: Loading a Layout from a v19.9 or later system onto a system running v19.7 or earlier will lose any knob assignments.
It was possible for knob and meter displays to become stuck after certain operations, such as spilling/unspilling a VCA
Master Post Module: It was possible for a Record Master to not punch out if a track on that Master Post Module was not in a VCA
Learn more in the Avid What's New in S4 S6 v19.9 Guide.
What’s New In Eucon V19.9
EUCON software v19.9 includes support for the new Avid S4.
What’s Fixed In Eucon V19.9
It was possible for every other Send window to when clicking on sends in the Pro Tools Mix window
EuControl: Pro Tools windows would not update reliably when selecting tracks from an Artist Control surface
S3 or Artist Mix: Various controls for strip 1 could fail to function correctly
It was possible for the LEDs on knob page navigation switches (<Page, Page>) to not light correctly
VCA Master could incorrectly appear on Artist Mix after spilling a VCA from the Control app
Artist Control could become unable to spill or collapse a spill when a VCA Master was on the Artist Control
Learn more in the Avid What's New in EuControl v19.9 Guide.