The Next Stage In Live Sound
VENUE has long been one of the most trusted and requested live mixing systems in the world, and now the legacy continues with VENUE | S6L, a modular system designed to take on the world’s most demanding tours and events with ease. Offering unprecedented processing capabilities—with over 300 processing channels—S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design and backs it up with modern touchscreen workflows and scalability to meet any challenge. Like all VENUE systems, S6L provides onboard industry-standard plug-ins and Pro Tools integration, but with more processing power and track counts than ever before. Plus, with a comprehensive array of network and I/O offerings, you can easily configure the system to meet the demands of any gig.
- Meet the most demanding live sound challenges with the industry's most powerful processing engine
- Deliver the best sound quality possible with high-performance preamps running at high sample rates
- Experience unmatched sound processing and tactile control through fully integrated, on-board plug-ins from Avid and our development partners
- Get unprecedented Pro Tools capabilities, including Virtual Soundcheck, over Ethernet AVB and Thunderbolt*—no interface required
- Share I/O across multiple networked systems with advanced gain tracking
- Gain unmatched visual feedback and instant access to your most important functions through high-resolution touchscreens and OLED displays
- Freely configure the modular system components and I/O to meet the demands of any live production
- Interface with a range of network and I/O formats—including Ethernet AVB, Dante, MADI, Thunderbolt, and more*—for total connectivity freedom
- Enjoy the familiar VENUE workflows and interface you know and love, with total show file compatibility
* Please note that option cards are available as separate purchases and not included with core systems.
VENUE | S6L System Features
Take deep, intelligent control of your mix
The VENUE | S6L control surface has been designed for the latest modern live sound workflows, putting extensive, intuitive control at your fingertips to deliver fast and easy access to any part of your mix. Get unmatched visual feedback and information through high-resolution OLED displays and meters that are visible in even the brightest outdoor conditions. View comprehensive metering and select and adjust plug-ins from the touchscreen. And insert and adjust plug-ins and spill VCAs and groups right from the surface, with instant insight and access to every input, aux, group, VCA, and more through the Universe screen.
Experience the most powerful processing engine in the industry
From Broadway to broadcast, live productions are more complex than ever, requiring hundreds of channels. That’s why we designed the VENUE | E6L, a groundbreaking new engine that outperforms the competition, hands down, through two powerhouse technologies that work in concert together. The state-of-the-art real-time processing engine is dedicated to handling all routing, channel, and mixing functions for maximum stability and power, while the HDX-powered DSP engine manages all AAX plug-in processing, with full automatic delay compensation. That means you can create bigger, better sounding mixes, with hundreds of processing channels and mix busses, while enjoying the tightest, most robust plug-in performance and lowest possible latency—with no round trips to external servers.
Achieve pristine sound through high-performance I/O
Scale your system with as little or as much I/O as you need with the VENUE | Stage 64 rack, featuring a new high-performance preamp design that delivers the best possible sound quality throughout the signal path, with incredible clarity, warmth, and presence. You can stock each Stage 64 with up to 64 inputs and 32 outputs, selecting from a variety of analog and digital option cards. The S6L control surface offers additional I/O, including 8x8 analog I/O, 8x8 AES I/O (4 pairs), two headphone outputs, and ancillary I/O such as MIDI and GPIO for added flexibility.
Get more creative with expanded plug-in processing
Mix with the same sound processors used in top studios to get the sounds you want, or re-create an artist’s signature studio sound live. Thanks to dedicated HDX-powered DSPs handling all plug-in processing, you can deploy an unprecedented number of plug-ins to fine-tune and finesse every channel to get the exact sounds you want. S6L directly supports Avid and third-party 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving you far more creative choices than other live mixing systems. And it comes with a coveted collection of effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, providing everything you need to create studio-quality mixes live.
Record and support the biggest shows with Pro Tools
S6L offers the most powerful and integrated live recording capabilities in the industry, providing seamless Pro Tools recording and playback. For recording, VENUE Link automatically creates a Pro Tools session from your current VENUE show file in seconds, complete with all track names and patching, so you can control your live mixing and recording rigs as one. You’ll also save valuable sound check and show prep time with Virtual Soundcheck, enabling you to use live recordings to fine-tune mixes, program snapshots, experiment with plug-ins, and more. And because of its tight Pro Tools integration, S6L is the perfect frontend into the Avid MediaCentral Platform, the most fluid end-to-end media management and distribution platform in the industry.
Configure your ideal system
With its modular, scalable system architecture, you can freely mix and match your choice of control surface, engine, and I/O to support practically any live sound application. Choose from three control surface configurations to meet your needs. Select the ideal E6L engine to support your channel count requirements. Ramp up your plug-in processing power by adding more HDX cards to your engine (up to a maximum of four). And go from a maximum 64 mic inputs with one Stage 64 rack up to hundreds of I/O channels by connecting additional boxes.
Get complete connectivity freedom
VENUE | S6L uses open and reliable Ethernet AVB across all of its components, so all you need are either lightweight, inexpensive Cat5e cables for runs up to 100 meters, or use fiber-optic cables for longer runs up to 500 meters, to connect everything, putting an end to expensive, bulky analog snakes. You can even daisy-chain stage boxes to create a reliable, redundant, self-healing network ring with the engine. What’s more, the modular system is capable of supporting Dante, MADI, Thunderbolt, and other emerging technologies* to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of Avid and third-party products, enabling you to easily connect S6L into any new installation or existing environment.
Share I/O across multiple systems
Forget fussing with bulky, analog splits; with S6L you can easily share the same I/O across multiple networked systems—without any loss of audio quality. That means an FOH engineer, monitor engineer, and remote broadcast mixer can all use the same set of stage inputs—without splitting signals—while True Gain technology automatically manages gain compensation to ensure the proper signal levels in each engineer’s mix. Save thousands by reducing I/O and cable requirements, set-up time, and transportation costs, adding to the inherent value S6L brings.
Mix with the familiarity of VENUE software
Sporting a new modern, high visibility look, VENUE | S6L is powered by the same easy-to-use VENUE software as our other live sound systems, so you’ll feel right at home and can start mixing with the same high efficiency. Plus, you can use existing VENUE show files with S6L, significantly minimizing set-up time.
As comfortable on stage as in the audience
With its massive mix bus capacity, S6L makes it easy to handle dozens of stereo in-ear monitor mixes, wedge mixes, and backline mixes on the fly, with immediate one-touch access to any mix on the faders. Monitor mixes with confidence through two independent stereo solo busses, each assignable to any physical output for connection to a cue belt pack and/or listen wedge. Two built-in headphone jacks are also available on the control surface for local monitoring.
Have peace of mind
As the console of choice across the world’s biggest tours, festivals, and installations, VENUE systems are designed to deliver maximum service and reliability. VENUE | S6L is no exception, robustly built to withstand the rigors of the road, with features such as redundant power supplies in every component, redundant network configurations, and world-class support to ensure that the show always goes on.
|Daylight-visible touchscreens||12.1" touchscreen x 4||12.1" touchscreen x 3||12.1" touchscreen x 1|
|Faders||32 + 2||24 + 2||24 + 2|
|Knob Modules||3 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator||2 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator||2 x 32, each with high-resolution OLEDs and tri-color function indicator|
|Master Live Module||Graphic TFTs with soft buttons; Touch and Turn assignable encoder; 2 assignable faders; monitoring, layout and snapshot controls; transport controls and function buttons|
|Metering||30-segment meters per channel, with pre- and post-fade metering options; Nominal indicator, Expander/Gate status and Compressor/Limiter gain reduction meters|
|Analog inputs||8 XLR mic/line inputs with 48V and signal present LEDs|
|Analog outputs||8 XLR outputs with mute and signal present LEDs|
|Digital inputs||4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)|
|Digital outputs||4 pairs of XLR stereo AES/EBU (8 channels total)|
|Headphone outputs||2 independent 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jacks|
|Ancillary I/O||DVI-D video out, 5 USB 2.0 (2 rear, 2 front, 1 internal), ECx Ethernet port for wired/wireless remote control, GPIO (8 in/8 out), 2 footswitch, Linear Time Code input, MIDI I/O|
|Ethernet AVB ports||2 etherCON (copper), 2 selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber); redundant ring topology|
|2-track USB||Stereo record/playback via USB flash drive (transport and playlist integrated into VENUE software)|
|Power supply||Dual redundant, internal hot-swappable PSUs|
|Height (front, rear)||3.6 x 15.3 inches (91 x 388 mm)|
|Width||51.3 inches (1,304 mm)|
|Depth||31 inches (787 mm)|
|Weight||154 lbs (70 kg)||121 lbs (55 kg)||121 lbs (55 kg)|
|Sample rates||48/96 kHz||48/96 kHz|
|Input processing||True Gain gain compensation, HPF, LPF, 4-band PEQ, Expander/Gate, Compressor/Limiter, Delay, 4 plug-in inserts, hardware insert|
|Mix busses||96 + LCR||64 + LCR|
|Output processing||7-band PEQ, Compressor/Limiter, Delay, 4 plug-in inserts, hardware insert|
|Matrix||24 x 24||16 x 16|
|Stereo solo busses||2, with independent control|
|Graphic EQs (31-band)||32|
|Plug-in support||HDX-powered, 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins via expansion slots|
|Pro Tools integration||Record/play back up to 64 audio tracks via Ethernet AVB|
|Ethernet AVB ports||2 per Ethernet AVB card; selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber), with redundant ring topology; engine can be expanded with up to three Ethernet AVB cards|
|Word||Clock I/O BNC, 75 Ohm coaxial|
|USB ports||5 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 2 back, 1 internal)|
|Option card slots||8 PCI Express (PCIe)|
|Power supply||N+1 redundant, internal hot-swappable PSUs|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||8.6 x 16.9 x 19 inches (218 x 430 x 483 mm)|
|Weight||61 lbs (28 kg)||61 lbs (28 kg)|
|I/O Rack||Stage 64|
|Maximum I/O||64 input channels, 32 output channels @ 48/96 kHz|
|I/O card slots||12|
|Sample rates||48/96 kHz|
|Ethernet AVB ports||2, selectable as etherCON (copper) or SFP (fiber), with redundant ring topology|
|Maximum cable length||Copper: 100 meters (328 feet); Fiber: 500 meters (1,640.4 feet)|
|MADI||Dual MADI output offers direct split of all 64 inputs|
|Headphone confidence monitor||1/4" TRS stereo headphone jack with volume control; display for channel selection|
|Word Clock I/O||BNC, 75 Ohm coaxial|
|Power supply||Dual redundant internal PSUs|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||17.5 x 17 x 12.2 inches (445 x 432 x 310 mm)|
|Weight||86 lbs (39 kg)|
The specifications listed above are preliminary, provided for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice.