Avid introduces Pro Tools S3 compact desktop control surface

AES (Booth #1201) -- Avid(R) (OTC:AVID) today introduced a major addition to its suite of proven and trusted control surfaces for sound recording, mixing, and editing, further delivering on Avid Everywhere(TM).
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AES (Booth #1201) --
Avid(R) (OTC:AVID) today introduced a major addition to its suite of
proven and trusted control surfaces for sound recording, mixing, and
editing, further delivering on Avid Everywhere(TM). The compact Pro
Tools(R) | S3
desktop control surface is a streamlined, versatile
mixing solution that gives sound engineers the powerful, intelligent
control they need to work more ergonomically and efficiently, create
the highest-quality mixes, and expand mixing capabilities and job

When used together, Avid Pro Tools | S3 and Pro Tools | Software--both
part of the Avid Artist Suite of creative tools powered by the Avid
MediaCentral Platform--deliver the most streamlined, economical, and
tightly integrated approach to mixing and recording in smaller-sized
studios or mobile settings.

"In today's competitive post and music mixing environment, shrinking
budgets and tighter schedules are commonplace," said Chris Gahagan,
senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. "To succeed,
audio professionals need to streamline and accelerate their workflow,
as well as broaden the scope and capabilities of their mixing solutions
to handle the most sophisticated projects. The affordable Pro Tools |
S3 delivers the power, efficiency, and versatility engineers need to
deliver fast turnarounds in the most demanding environments."

The Pro Tools | S3 control surface is designed to help sound engineers:

-- Expand mixing capabilities, and take on a diverse range of projects:
Based on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6 control surface, the S3
features open integration with Pro Tools | Software and other
EUCON-enabled digital audio workstations like Logic Pro, Cubase, and
-- Meet strict project deadlines: By combining traditional console layout
with the proven advancements of the S6, Pro Tools | S3 delivers highly
intuitive recording, editing, and mixing control--along with the power
and efficiency to meet fast turnaround times.
-- Mix on-the-go: The compact form factor fits into any space, making Pro
Tools | S3 ideal for small project studios or on-the-go music and post
-- Work the way they want: Engineers can customize the surface to their
unique needs by creating custom channel layouts, all recallable at any
time. Pro Tools | S3 can switch between two applications with ease,
giving users the choice to work however they want, and the capability to
take on the largest, most demanding mixes.
-- Fit well into any studio and workflow: Pro Tools | S3 easily integrates
with solutions across the Avid MediaCentral Platform, as well as a
studio's existing systems and workflows to deliver deep hardware/software
integration and control at a fraction of the price of high-end consoles.

Full hardware controls include:

-- 16 channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive, motorized fader and
10-segment signal level meter (supports up to 6 fader banks)
-- 32 touch-sensitive, push-button rotary encoders for panning, gain
control, plug-in parameter adjustments, and more (16 channel control, 16
assignable), each with a tricolor LED function indicator
-- 32 high-resolution OLED displays for viewing track names/numbers,
detailed metering data (from mono to 5.1 surround), parameter
names/values, current automation mode, and more
-- Solo, mute, channel select, and record/automation-enable keys on every
-- Touch strip provides easy access to transport controls
-- Dozens of dedicated buttons and switches for navigation, automation,
control assignment, and software control
-- Built-in 4x6 AVB Core Audio interface includes 2 XLR mic/line inputs, 2
TRS line inputs, 2 XLR line outputs, 2 TRS line outputs, and a stereo
headphone output


Avid Pro Tools | S3 will be available November 2014 through Avid
resellers worldwide.