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1st Edition

Getting to Work with the Avid S6
An Introduction and Learning Guide

ISBN 9780367629960
Published December 15, 2021 by Routledge
246 Pages 45 Color & 114 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This complete guide to the Avid S6 console offers the best techniques and practices from a seasoned industry veteran, Curt Schulkey, for utilizing its unique features and functions.

The Avid S6 was created to be the industry standard virtual mixing console; however, it is so feature-packed that it can be difficult for new users to navigate. This book provides the ultimate guide to breaking down these amazing features and demonstrating how to use them effectively in your next project, with easy-to-follow instructions, rich illustrations, and general real-world advice from the author.

This book takes students from neophyte to high-level intermediate. Readers should begin with a functional knowledge of Pro Tools and general understanding of mixing for cinema, but previous knowledge of mixing surfaces is not necessary as this book provides guidance through rudimentary, basic, and intermediary level workflows.

Table of Contents

Part I – Fundamental Knowledge

Welcome to the S6

1. Beginning Work on the Avid S6

2. Starting the S6 Systems

3. Mixing with Mouse and Keyboard

4. Setting Up the Settings

5. The Channel Strip

Part II – Basic Tools for Mixing

6. Basic Tools and Modes

7. Meters

8. Three Ways to Approach Mixing

9. Ready for Mixing at a Basic Level

Part III – Intermediate Tools

10. More Advanced Features

11. Soft Keys

12. Spill Zones – What, Why, and Where are they?

13. Track Layouts and the Tracks Screen

Part IV – Options and Extras

14. Master Meter Modules

15. The Master Post Module

16. The Joystick Module

17. Snapshots

18. Expand Faders

19. Making Selections in the Pro Tools Timeline

20. Colors and Lights

21. What is Next?

Appendix: A collection of disconnects facts and features

Appendix 2: System Settings – User Preferences

Appendix 3: Button Names Lookup

Appendix 4: Soft Key Quick-Jump Shortcuts

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Curt Schulkey is a post-production industry veteran, and an educator at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He continues to work as a supervising sound editor, dialogue editor, and mixer on feature films and longform streaming content.