Well this is good news and kinda sad. Looks like some nice updates for the S3L. However, I think it puts the nail in the coffin for FOH rack/stage rack, mix rack, and SC48. I understand the desks can't do AAX. However why can't FOH rack/stage rack get A Ethernet/AVB card to update pro tools workflow and do gain sharing?
—I/O tracking and gain sharing.
—Sharing of audio source feeds from one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes between up to three S3L systems over Ethernet AVB. This enables engineers to take multiple S3L systems on the road but only have to carry one set of I/O boxes. Gain tracking intelligently manages gain levels across all networked systems to provide each user on the network with full independent control of input gain.
—Improved surface navigation and mixing.
—Improved surface operation, navigation and visual feedback, speeding up workflows with user-definable fader layouts, VCA and Group Spill, and more.
—Ability to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions using the S3 control surface.
—The S3 control surface as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON-enabled digital audio workstation, meaning that a performance can be mixed down in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop.
—Updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins.
—Support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving customers access to all the latest effects and sound processors available.
VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates will be available in Q3 2014 to current and new S3L customers at no cost through their Avid customer accounts.