Waves Audio releases SoundGrid Rack plugin for Avid’s Venue S6L console

 Waves Audio has introduced the SoundGrid Rack plugin for Venue, enabling live sound engineers to run Waves plugins directly within Avid’s Venue S6L mixing console with tactile control from the console’s surface knobs, thus eliminating the need for a computer host or an external network switch.

SoundGrid Rack is a plugin that runs within the Venue S6L environment and can load up to 8 SoundGrid-compatible Waves plugins per instance. All standard Venue plugin features apply, including “Config” and “Show” modes, delay compensation, snapshot automation and detailed tactile control of plugin parameters.

You can run up to 128 mono or 64 stereo SoundGrid Racks within the S6L, each containing up to eight plugins. The included SoundGrid Inventory component (also available as a separate download from Waves Central) manages your SoundGrid network and allows you to monitor its status.

To complete the system, you’ll also need the WSG-HD Waves SoundGrid Option Card (purchased separately from Avid), Venue software version 5.7 or later, a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server or SoundGrid Server One  to process the plugins, and Waves plugin licenses of your choice. 

With the WSG-HD card installed in the console’s engine, you can connect up to two Waves SoundGrid servers (primary and redundant) directly to the S6L system, with no additional interface, network switch or computer host necessary.

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of sales & marketing, commented: “We are delighted to offer Waves SoundGrid technology to Avid, for integrated SoundGrid control and the use of Waves plugins on Avid’s Venue S6L live console, thus boosting its mixing capabilities and offering live sound engineers a significantly enhanced and creative workflow.”

“We’ve worked with Waves to deliver a completely integrated experience for our live sound customer community,” said Al McKinna, director of live system product management at Avid. “With Waves SoundGrid setup and plug-in control now fully incorporated into the Venue software, S6L customers will enjoy the intuitive, lightning-quick workflows they need to mix the most demanding of live shows with ease.”

Waves SoundGrid Rack for Venue features:

  • Run Waves plugins directly within your Avid Venue S6L console
  • 128 audio paths at 96 kHz
  • Follows standard operation of all plugins in the Venue plugin rack
  • Tactile control surface mapping for all Waves plugins
  • Snapshot automation for plugin parameters
  • Legacy VENUE show file compatibility
  • Server redundancy with automatic failover
  • No external computer host or network switch necessary