Avid has unveiled the S1 and S4, two compact audio control surfaces suited to professionals operating in smaller project studios. The S4 is a streamlined version of Avid’s large Pro Tools | S6 mixing desk, while the S1 gives you hands-on control over the Pro Tools | Control iPad app. Here are the details:
The S4 promises the mixing power of the S6, but in a more accessible and affordable package. A compact tool for audio post and music projects, it features a customisable semi-modular design that can be tweaked to suit different workflow needs. You have a choice of eight to 24 faders on the device on top of additional displays, joysticks as well as various knob modules.
This audio control surface is compatible with most EUCON-enabled DAWs, including Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase and Logic Pro.
The S1 is touted as a fast, responsive tool in a slim surface. As mentioned earlier, the S1 integrates with the free Pro Tools | Control iPad app, providing visual feedback. It also touts high-res OLED displays, eight touch-sensitive, motorised faders and “Soft Keys” that Avid says “enable you to perform complex tasks with a single press”.
Like the S4, the S1 is powered by EUCON, offering integration with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro and more. You can plug the Pro Tools | Dock into the S1 for dedicated transport controls, and even connect up to four S1 units together if you need a more extensive surface to work with.
Both the Avid S1 and S4 will be available late 2019. More info at avid.com.