Avid S1 Control Surface
The Avid S1 Control Surface is a compact control surface that offers in-depth hands-on control of your favorite audio and video software. Based on the best-selling Avid S3, the S1 delivers the same intuitive interface and rich visual feedback in a streamlined package. Ideal for producers, engineers and sound designers, the S1 offers everything you need to accelerate your workflow and deliver great mixes more quickly than ever.
YOUR MIX AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Don’t let its compact footprint fool you, the S1 is packed with powerful mixing tools to help you achieve big sounds on small budgets. Equipped with motorized faders, touch-sensitive knobs and customizable soft keys capable of performing complex tasks with a single press, the S1 gives you total tactile control over your music, audio post production or video project.
S1 lets you mute and solo tracks, edit plug-ins, route audio signals and write automation with unprecedented speed and precision so you can spend less time clicking and more time creating. The easy-access touchscreen supports VCA spill and monitor control, giving you total hands-on control of every aspect of your session. Tracks View lets you instantly jump to any track, while Mix View lets you swipe through multiple channels at once. And with support for custom layouts, you can personalize S1 to suit any workflow.
WORKS WITH ANY SOFTWARE
Powered by EUCON, Avid’s high-speed Ethernet control protocol, S1 leaves traditional MIDI control surfaces in its dust. S1 offers full touch controls for Pro Tools and Media Composer, plus native support for third-party audio and video applications, including Logic Pro, Cubase, Premiere Pro, and more. You can even toggle between multiple applications at the touch of a button—perfect for complex post production projects. Need more control? Connect multiple S1 units together to tackle large mix sessions.
ADVANCED MONITORING CAPABILITIES
S1 offers the same flexible monitoring controls as the S6 in compact package that fits neatly between your monitor and your keyboard. Quickly assign and control talkback, listenback, and speaker sources and levels right from the surface. And with high-res metering for gain reduction, automation status, EQ, dynamics, and panning graphs, S1 offers extensive insight into your project so you can make more informed mix decisions. Expand your monitoring capabilities even further with the free Pro Tools | Control app for iPad, which offers S6-style metering and processing views.
The Avid S1 implements with pro tools flawlessly, enabling comprehensive control of many parameters. I like the small foot print as I have two Aids S1s. They connect together via magnets and an optional connector.
I have programed some of the user buttons to do some of my favorite functions.
Once great function compared to the HUI command is the attention track.
When working with a high track count, you can simply touch the fader in pro tools and the S1 with bank accordingly.
You can also use your fav eqs and compressors with the rotary knobs.
My beefs are:
Some of the fader knobs pop off on accident when your moving too fast. I just pop them back in, but I also have an old dirty Command 8 and the faders never pop off.
Another issue is the iPads will loose connectivity. Not a huge issue since the S1s use a physical network cable, they hardly every lose connection. I've even moved the router closer to my system. It's better, but I still loss connectivity. In order to get them back on line I have to turn my network connection off and on and restart eucontrol.
Another beef is the way the rotary knobs control 3rd party plugins. It would be nice if they were customizable because some of the layouts are pretty much backwards making it hard to use without looking at both the S1 and the Screen.
Overall the Avid S1 is a solid solution for serious home studio or pro studios alike.
It makes recording and mixing more intuitive. We also do Live Stream concerts at the studio and the S1 worked incredibly. I don't think I would have been able to mix two singers, a piano and backing tracks with just the mouse
Compared to other controllers onthe market, I have the Command 8, and we have tried the Behringer X-Touch. Without the Eucon protocol your stuck with faders and a transport. None of the cool features work. Let's face it, Avid ain't gonna let you have fun in pro tools unless you use their toys.
Buy one from Vintage King and be happy!
If your running PT, don’t waste your time with any other control surface. It’s perfect.
Nothing beats the avid s1 in the control surface world.
I bought this primarily to make adjusting multiple headphone mixes easier on myself, but have found it to be almost as useful and fun as having a full 16 or 24 channel console/controller. When it comes to working with Pro Tools specifically, this is as intuitive and easy to use as you might imagine an Avid designed device to be (I am actually a little cynical by nature, so I was somewhat surprised at this). I tried a number of third party devices before sending them back, including the Icon X series and an old HUI device a buddy let me borrow, and while they certainly worked to a certain degree of success, I couldn't accomplish my initial goal. I'm not sure if it would work with other DAW's and would certainly recommend looking at the cheaper alternative controllers out there for those programs, but the S1 (and I imagine the other controllers in the S# series, though I have not tried any others) has earned my vote for cheaper in the long run for Pro Tools.
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