Burlington, MA (February 22, 2021)—Avid has released Avid Venue 7, the latest update ffor its Venue line of live sound consoles, debuting a number of new features and enhancements in the process.
Avid Venue software now supports I/O sharing across three Avid Venue | S6L systems, providing more workflow flexibility without affecting sound quality. Support for I/O sharing makes it easier to add a broadcast console or second monitor console to a setup or enable fast switchover at festivals and concerts. With I/O sharing, microphone feeds can be split digitally over the network so engineers only have to build one set of I/O racks; meanwhile, all I/O configurations support Avid’s True Gain technology, which automatically manages gain compensation to ensure proper signal levels are maintained for each engineer.
With Venue 7, users can now send and receive up to 128 channels of audio between Avid Venue | S6L systems and Milan (media-integrated local area network) certified devices – including loudspeakers, amplifiers and other pro audio devices – with the new MLN-192 Milan Option Card and latest Avid Venue software. The format’s plug-and-play connectivity lets users distribute audio to Milan-enabled devices over an Ethernet AVB network, with no switch configuration or IT expertise required.
“As the world’s first live sound console to be certified by the rapidly growing Milan protocol and the only one to offer gain-compensated I/O sharing between three systems, this is more than just a software update – Venue 7 truly takes a giant leap forward,” said Dana Ruzicka, SVP & GM of Audio & Music Solutions at Avid. “Although live performances have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic, Avid remains fully committed to innovating for the live sound industry. We’re doubling down with the biggest software release since shipping the S6L system, giving engineers and sound designers the power and performance they need to deliver the best possible live sound productions.”
Venue 7 also provides control of delay compensation to help users tackle plug-in-heavy mixes with complex routing requirements. Aligning busses and matrixes is simplified through Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC) settings, while the new Input Delay Alignment command aids aligning selected input channels to compensate for any plug-ins inserted on those inputs. Other new additions include USB recording and playback, new mixing features and a variety of processing and routing options.