AVID VENUE | S6L-48D-192 Venue Series S6L-48D w/E6L-192 Engine & Stage 64 (48x8)

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The next stage in live sound

Mix and record live productions of any size with ease. Avid VENUE | S6L delivers the unmatched processing power and sound clarity artists and engineers rely on to present the best show possible. From direct AAX and Waves plugin support and 128 tracks of Pro Tools recording, to full system modularity and 300+ processing channels, the S6L unified platform gives you the mixing efficiency, creativity, and flexibility you need to meet the demands of any gig. And now with its newly expanded line of five control surfaces, three engines, and four I/O racks to choose from—with 100% hardware, software, and show file compatibility across all—it’s easy to configure and scale the perfect system for your needs.

When it comes to mixing live sound, efficiency, sound clarity, and reliability are of critical importance. Avid VENUE | S6L is the industry’s only unified live sound platfom that offers 100% software, hardware, and show file compatibility and interoperability across the entire line. It’s also the only system that offers direct Waves and AAX plugin control from the console to elevate mixes, and 128 tracks of built-in Pro Tools recording/playback with Virtual Soundcheck, saving hours of prep time. Plus, you get three years of 24x7 priority support to ensure the show always goes on.

S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design and intelligent workflows to handle any live production. Its modularity and unmatched flexibility make it easy to scale a system with your choice of five control surfaces, three engines, and four I/O racks, plus the networking options you need—including Ethernet AVB, Dante, and MADI—to meet the demands of any live sound application, on almost any budget. You can even share I/O across multiple networked systems, providing more workflow possibilities while cutting costs.
With its premium-grade architecture, audio engine, and high-performance preamps, S6L delivers incredible clarity, warmth, and presence throughout the signal path. It also provides the most integrated and cost-effective Pro Tools recording workflow, eliminating the need for expensive audio interfaces. And it supports the same audio plugins and emulations of prized outboard gear used in countless recordings, so you can easily re-create the sound of the studio—live.

Becoming one of the industry’s most respected live sound engineers requires ample amounts of talent, versatility, and passion. These are the very qualities that have helped make Ben Findlay the top choice for a diverse roster of clients, including Paul McCartney, Sting, Robert Plant, and even Dame Edna Everage, to name just a few.


A student of the UK’s prestigious Real World Studios, Findlay honed his skills in the early transitional days between analog and digital, when trusted analog technologies were still the prevailing workflow of choice. It was this early exposure to both sides that sparked a zeal for new technology and marked the origins of Findlay’s unique ability to balance old-school methodologies with modern production tools. It’s no surprise, therefore, that topping his list of preferred live consoles are Avid VENUE systems.


“I’ve done quite a bit of studio work, so I’m very comfortable working within the Pro Tools environment,” explains Findlay. “That environment is reflected beautifully in the VENUE’s workflow. It’s so logical, incredibly easy to learn, and the ability to save and retrieve settings is really powerful. I can set the VENUE up exactly the way I like, leave for a few days, and when I come back it’s easy to pick up exactly where I left off.”

The interoperability between VENUE and Pro Tools is a massive advantage.


The case for Avid VENUE | Profile System

Today Findlay is very busy indeed, manning the faders for Peter Gabriel’s current Back to Front tour, as well as for the Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters tour through South America.

“We’re using a VENUE Profile on both [tours],” Findlay says. “For Peter, we’re running 96 inputs, and for Robert, 48 inputs. When I first started using the VENUE systems, I was on the larger D-Show surface, but switched to the Profile for both tours and have really grown to appreciate its more compact size and efficient ergonomics. We’ve also got the VENUE Stage Rack for Peter, with about 70 channels running into it, including ambient mics and talk backs.”


From studio to the stage

With his roots as a recording engineer, Findlay appreciates the VENUE system’s tight integration with Pro Tools, and enjoys having the option to bring some of his favorite studio tools into the live space. “The interoperability between VENUE and Pro Tools is a massive advantage,” he asserts. “I bring my own Pro Tools rig whenever I can. I multitrack almost every show so that I have a complete history. If there’s a problem, I simply go back to the show files to see where the problem occurred and how it manifested itself."

I can set the VENUE up exactly the way I like, leave for a few days, and when I come back it’s easy to pick up exactly where I left off.


“I’m also a huge fan of Virtual Soundcheck. Even when the band doesn’t feel like showing up, I simply loop the previous night’s show and then spend all the time I need to clean everything up. In some ways, Virtual Soundcheck provides even more control than a live sound check environment. When you are playing back the drum tracks, for example, you’re getting actual show level and intensity. It’s extremely powerful and freeing.”


The power of plugins

Plugins are also an increasingly important part of Findlay’s live sound arsenal. With his many years in the studio, he’s had plenty of opportunities to identify his top picks from the sizable Pro Tools library. Now, thanks to VENUE’s native support, he’s finally able to bring many of his favorites on the road.

In some ways, Virtual Soundcheck provides even more control than a live sound check environment.


“I use VENUE’s onboard processing extensively,” he says. “I also really like the Sonnox Oxford plugins, as well as the Sonnox Inflator [plugin] for drums and the mix bus on occasion. On the vocals, I tend to use the LA-2 [compressor] emulator quite a bit, as well as the Bomb Factory stuff.”

In the end, Findlay observes that with all of its capabilities, the VENUE system’s most important role has been as a creativity enabler. “It’s just so intuitive and powerful. I’m constantly finding new and creative ways to work with it.”

Tech Specs

Type  Tube
Number of Channels  1
Total Power  5W Class A (5W/1W/0.1W settings)
Speaker Size  1 x 8" Turbosound speaker 
Preamp Tubes  1 x 12AX7 
Power Tubes  1 x EL84 
Reverb  Yes
EQ  Tone control 
Inputs  1 x 1/4" 
Outputs:  1 x 1/4" (internal speaker) 
Headphones  1 x 1/4" 
Manufacturer Part Number    V5INFINIUM
Item Weight  22.1 pounds
Product Dimensions  13.9 x 8.6 x 14 inches
Shipping Weight  27.1 pounds 
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