Avid Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Control Surface with 16 Motorized Faders, EUCON Support, and Built-in 4 x 6 AVB Audio Interface
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Versatile, Powerful Pro Tools Control

From music mixing to post production, the Avid Pro Tools | S3 packs the functionality you need into a sleek, ergonomic mixing control surface and AVB audio interface. It's ready to give you comprehensive control over any EUCON-enabled software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Media Composer, and others. You'll be able to create and record tracks, write automation, instantiate plug-ins, manage routing, and do practically anything else you used to use a mouse and keyboard for. And with its built-in 4 x 6 AVB audio interface, the Avid Pro Tools | S3 is ready for professional recording and mixing wherever you are.

Avid Pro Tools | S3 Control Surface at a Glance:
  • Complete control for your studio
  • Define your own workflow with custom mixer layouts
  • Record and monitor right from your control surface
  • Uses premium components from the S6 console
Complete control for your studio

The intuitive layout of the Avid Pro Tools | S3, with full support for EUCON-enabled software, puts virtually every software parameter under your fingers. Beyond simple tasks like adjusting fader levels and pan positions, the Pro Tools | S3 lets you instantiate plug-ins, set up aux sends, edit regions, apply fades, and much more. Even if you work with multiple DAWs, the Pro Tools | S3 is ready to make your workflow smoother than ever.

Define your own workflow with custom mixer layouts

You can create up to 12 custom mixer layouts for the Avid Pro Tools | S3, available for instant recall at any time. Create layouts for editing, mixing, tracking, and whatever else you do on a regular basis, with all of your most-used functions placed exactly where you want them. Audio engineers at Sweetwater have delved deeply into the Pro Tools | S3's capabilities, and we can confidently say that it's one of the most versatile and comprehensive control surfaces we've ever gotten our hands on.

Record and monitor right from your control surface

It's more than a powerful control surface - the Pro Tools | S3 is equipped with a 4-in/6-out AVB audio interface, allowing you to record and monitor with no additional audio interface required. In fact you can even use the Pro Tools | S3 like a traditional console, using the audio ins and outs strictly as a monitor section with control over volume, dim, cut, and sum to mono. This effectively makes the Pro Tools | S3 equal parts control surface, audio interface, and mixer, creating the perfect solution for producers, mix engineers, and musicians.

Uses premium components from the S6 console

You'll know you've invested in quality as soon as you get your hands on the Pro Tools | S3 control surface. It uses the same faders, knobs, buttons, OLEDs and color-coding system as Avid's flagship S6 console. You'll have the world-class feel, resolution, and feedback that you need to handle any mixing task with ease.

Avid Pro Tools | S3 Control Surface Features:
  • EUCON-enabled control surface for Pro Tools and other DAWs
  • Record and monitor directly via the built-in AVB audio interface
  • Compact, ergonomic design fits easily into modern workflows
  • Customize up to 12 of your own control layouts for different tasks and recall them instantly
  • Simplifies your production workflow, even if you work with multiple DAWs
  • Ribbon controller for intuitive transport navigation
Take full control of your productions, with the Avid Pro Tools | S3!

Additional Media

Sneak Preview: Hands On with Avid's Pro Tools Dock
Avid Releases EuCon v3.2.2 with Support for OSX Yosemite
Avid Pro Tools S3 Control Surface Review - Sweetwater's SoundCheck Vol. 1
Big Mixes, Small Footprint: Avid Announces S3

Tech Specs

Type Mixer
Faders 16 x 100mm (Motorized)
Number of Faders 16
Number of Knobs 32 Total: 16 x Assignable, 8 x Channel Control, 8 x Global Control
Knob Type Encoders
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR (Mic/Line), 2 x 1/4" (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR (Line), 2 x 1/4" (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Control I/O 2 x Ethernet, 2 x USB Type A (For keyboard and mouse only)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Height 1.3" (Front), 2.8" (Rear w/ Knobs)
Depth 14.3"
Width 28"
Weight 13.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 9900-65399-14

Customer Reviews

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Paying for not just hardware

While I am 100% impressed with the hardware, I realized after using this unit that the real gold is in the time the coders and beta testers spent in the software getting things perfect for the engineers. I can't tell you how many hours it's saved me each day using this to control my sessions in Pro Tools HD. The feel of the controllers themselves is very solid, well constructed and easy to transport although it simply stays at my mixing desk :)
Music background: Sound Designer


I've been using it consistently for a few weeks now, it's fantastic! I haven't had a chance to play around with an S6, but this surface seems like the best way to (somewhat) affordably get hands on control. Of course it doesn't have as many rotary encoders and lights as an ICON, but the faders feel just as good to me. It has huge potential, it'll take me a while to thoroughly get through the user guide and use all the functions. EUCON is by far the best way to control Pro Tools, but it is a bummer it doesn't really integrate with other programs yet. They originally sent me a unit with two defective faders, but Avid was very good about shipping me a replacement unit right away. Now I just need to save up for the Dock to complement it!
Music background: guitar, synth, production & post production, sound design

Stable and Great!

This work surface is an absolute pleasure to use and work with. The price is steep but you get so much control and functionality for the price. The build quality of this unit is solid compared to the Artist Series boards and the AVB audio was great when my main interface was sent off for repair. You cannot go wrong with the Avid S3!
Music background: Film and TV Composer

Avid S3

The Avid S3 is one serious surface controller. I have worked with the Artist Series Controllers and the S3 is the Cadillac of them all. The controller is laid out beautifully with long-throw faders, easy to read windows and precision encoders. The S3 gives you full access to your DAW's I/O's, Plug-in's, Automation just for starters and even has its own optional audio interface on board. The S3 makes mixing and editing a joy!
Music background: Musician/Composer

A good day for an S3

Okay so I've tried Artist Mix, Artist Transport, many different version of Mackie HUI. Ladies and gentlemen, the S3 is the ultimate unbreakable piece of gear. I am absolutely amazed at how my workflow has increased. It also lights up like a christmas tree. I cannot stress to you how important it is for you to get an S3 if you run Pro Tools as DAW. Also, Logic Pro X will run just fine on it as well. EUCON has passed the test and I had no problems getting it installed. The actual interface I don't care for and I Am using an Artist Transport for my transport. With the S3 you have shift, command, Fine CTRL, you name it. If you want the best control surface (i dare call it a console at least a mini-console), then you need to buy this. Enough said.
Music background: lots o' stuff
See also: Avid, Avid Pro Tools Control Surfaces