1st Edition

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

By Curt Schulkey Copyright 2022
    246 Pages 45 Color & 114 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 45 Color & 114 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 45 Color & 114 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.