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1. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 Surface Overview
3. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - Using S3 with Artist Transport
4. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - Channel Control Mode
5. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - Layouts
6. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 Automation Modes
7. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 as AVB Audio Interface
8. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 as Standalone Monitor Controller
9. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 and EuControl 3.2.2
10. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - S3 Tips and Tricks
11. Quick Tips for Avid Pro Tools | S3 - EuControl 3.3 Update and S3 VCA Spill
The Pro Tools S3 from Avid is a sixteen channel, EUCON-enabled, compact desktop control surface that offers a streamlined and versatile mixing solution for audio applications. While its small form factor makes it ideal for space-confined or on-the-go music and post mixing, it still provides extensive efficiency for faster turnarounds in project studios or large facilities alike.
The ergonomic design and full EUCON support allows for tightly integrated recording, editing, and mixing control with several choices of DAWs. Because the controller is application-aware, switching between different DAW sessions happens in seconds. Additionally, the surface can be customized for a specific task using up to twelve custom mixer layouts which can be recalled at any time.
And to provide further tight integration, the S3 features a built-in 4 x 6 interface, allowing for recording, mixing and monitoring sessions using just the surface and a laptop. Or audio can be monitored using the control surface in standalone mode with no additional audio interface required.
Sixteen channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive motorized fader and ten-segment signal level meter
Thirty-two touch sensitive push-button rotary encoders for panning, gain control, plug-in parameter adjustments, and more (sixteen channel control, sixteen assignable), each with a tricolor LED function indicator
Thirty-two 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
Keys for solo, mute, channel select, record/automation-enable on every channel
Touch strip provides easy access to transport controls
Can be used alongside Artist Transport if full jog/shuttle wheel controls are needed
Dozens of dedicated buttons and switches for navigation, automation, control assignment and software control
Built-in 4 x 6 AVB Core Audio interface includes two XLR microphone/line inputs, two 1/4" TRS line inputs, two XLR line outputs, two 1/4" TRS line outputs, and a stereo headphone output
In the Box
Avid Technologies Pro Tools S3 - EUCON Enabled Desktop Control Surface
Mac Intel processor (PowerPC not supported) OS X 10.8.5 or higher 2 GB RAM 500 MB available hard drive space 10/100 base-T Ethernet port (Ethernet switch required to connect additional units or to connect to a network)
PC 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor Windows 7 and Windows 8 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) 2 GB RAM 500 MB available hard drive space 10/100 base-T Ethernet port (Ethernet switch required to connect additional units or to connect to a network)
Qualified Media Applications
Pro Tools 11.2.1 or higher Pro Tools HD 11.2.1 or higher Nuendo 6.5 or higher Cubase 7.5 or higher Media Composer 8.1 or higher Logic 10.0.7