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on Sep 13, 2013
Avid has announced the S6 Control Surface, a major new addition to its industry leading family of control surfaces for sound recording, mixing and editing.
Avid S6 is designed for audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, delivering the performance needed to complete projects faster while producing the best sounding mixes. In addition, S6 provides mixing professionals with a state-of-the-art solution that easily scales to meet their current and future challenges.
“Working in ever more complex environments with fast project turnarounds, mixers need intuitive, tactile control of editing and mixing, and the ability to easily work with other artists, engineers, and facilities,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Drawing on more than 20 years of leading edge innovation, the S6 delivers the game-changing modularity, superior ergonomics, and streamlined collaboration to meet mixers’ changing business requirements.”
Built on the same proven technology that is core to the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families, the Avid S6 enables mixers to quickly turn around complex projects while swiftly handling last-minute changes. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools® and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs over simple Ethernet, S6 also speeds workflows and enables network collaboration on a single integrated platform.
- Revolutionary modular design — Adapting to every stage of a user’s business, the S6 control surface can be customized with the addition of the modules needed to match current workflow. It can be horizontally and vertically scaled as the client base grows. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces may be purchased with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.
- Superior ergonomics — A traditional, familiar console layout allows easy transition from previous systems. The multipoint touchscreen quickly and easily accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more, while top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs add operational efficiency. Additional 12.1” displays on S6 M40 systems further enhance instant project overview by providing deep visual feedback on key items such as channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms. Ultimate recall enables quick location for last-minute mix changes.
- Intelligent studio control — Compatible with Pro Tools and other popular EUCON-enabled DAWs, S6 enables detailed work on up to eight audio workstations simultaneously, as well as the ability to switch sessions in seconds from a single control surface across the facility. High-speed Ethernet connectivity makes it easy to reconfigure operations as business requirements dictate.
The S6 control surface will be available worldwide in Q4 2013. As a modular system, S6 is available at a variety of prices, with M10 configurations starting at $21,995 USD and M40 configurations starting at $43,480 USD.
More information: Avid / S6 Control Surface
TC Electronic has released version 1.4 of its versatile and highly acclaimed LM2 (stereo) and LM6 (multichannel) Loudness Radar Meter plugins.
With the new release, TC Electronic adds compliance with the recent 2013 revision of the ATSC A/85 broadcast standard that are mandatory for US broadcasters to adhere to.
“The new revision of the ATSC A/85 standard integrates the latest revision of the international ITU BS.1770-3 standard, which is of great importance in the efforts to make audio loudness more transparent even across national borders,” says Thomas Lund, CTO for Broadcast & Production at TC Electronic. “So it was a high priority for us to make our loudness meters compliant with this new development as we constantly work towards making audio experiences better no matter where you happen to be located.”
Apart from the ATSC A/85 2013 compliance, v. 1.4 also adds improved support for Pro Tools 11. “Measuring loudness becomes increasingly important, and every day more and more producers realize that they will benefit greatly from measuring the audio loudness of their projects,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management at TC Electronic. “Therefore, it is important for us to always keep up with the latest DAW developments, making sure that we support first-movers, who port quickly to the latest incarnations of Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Media Composer, etc.”
The free updates for LM2 and LM6 are now available to download.
More information: TC Electronic
Celemony has announced the release of a free update for Melodyne editor, assistant and essential, now also supporting the AAX plug-in interface and, with it, the 64-bit operation of Melodyne under Avid Pro Tools 11.
The Melodyne editor in Avid’s Pro Tools 11 digital audio workstation.
The multi-award-winning audio tool Melodyne is in use on many Pro Tools systems. With the update to Version 2.1.1, Melodyne can now also be operated under the new AAX interface of Pro Tools 11, which employs 64-bit processing. This makes clear gains in terms of both performance and reliability possible – primarily when correcting and optimizing longer recordings.
The update is free of charge for users of the current Version 2 of Melodyne editor, assistant and essential and is already available for download. Besides AAX compatibility, it also contains a variety of bugfixes and optimizations, and is therefore recommended to all users.
More information: Celemony
Waves has announced that AAX Native plugin support is now available for its products.
Waves is pleased to announce the long-awaited release of AAX Native plugin support. Waves AAX-compatible plugins are available at no additional charge for all products covered by Waves Update Plan.
So if you’ve been waiting for AAX support but your coverage has lapsed, there’s never been a better time to renew it – and take advantage of Pro Tools 11 in all its 64-bit glory!
Note: Waves V9 plugins (v9r13) and Pro Tools 11 must be installed prior to AAX Native installation.
More information: Waves
Rob Papen has announced full compatibility with Avid Pro Tools 11 and Apple Logic Pro X.
Having already introduced its advanced AAX (Avid Audio Xtension) plug-in format with Pro Tools 10 to offer better workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and DSP-based Pro Tools systems, Avid has now turbocharged AAX with 64-bit performance with the recent release of Pro Tools 11. Of course, Rob Papen prides itself at always being at the forefront of any such developments and now all Rob Papen products are available as 64-bit AAX plug-ins ready to run within Pro Tools 11 on both Mac or PC platforms. Existing Rob Papen product owners should simply login to their Rob Papen user account and download the latest installers for their products… for free!
Since Rob Papen made the jump to 64-bit compatibility early on to take advantage of improved performance via suitable host applications accessing increased RAM, its current products are already compatible with Apple’s recently-released 64-bit architecture-based Logic Pro X. As such, any Rob Papen users who are still running 32-bit versions of their products and planning to migrate to Logic Pro X should simply login to their Rob Papen user account and download the latest 64-bit Mac installers for whatever products they own to ensure continued compatibility — again, for free!
Pro Tools II or Logic Pro X? The choice is yours. Whatever way you choose to go, rest assured you’ll be good to go with the latest Inspiration Soundware from Rob Papen!
More information: Rob Papen