Knoxville, TN, March 27, 2018— Waves Audio, a provider of audio processing solutions, announces SoundGrid Rack for Venue, enabling live sound engineers to run Waves plug-ins directly within Avid’s Venue | S6L mixing console with tactile control from the console's surface knobs and integration in the Venue software, thus eliminating the need for a computer host or an external network switch.

SoundGrid Rack is a plug-in that runs within the Venue | S6L environment and can load up to 8 SoundGrid-compatible Waves plug-ins per instance. All standard Venue plug-in 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 plug-ins. 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 plug-ins, and Waves plug-in 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 – resulting in a focused, simplified, powerful setup to meet your most grueling live sound demands.

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are delighted to offer Waves SoundGrid technology to Avid, for integrated SoundGrid control and the use of Waves plug-ins 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 plug-ins directly within your Avid Venue | S6L console

 • 128 audio paths at 96 kHz

 • Follows standard operation of all plug-ins in the Venue plug-in rack

 • Tactile control surface mapping for all Waves plug-ins

 • Snapshot automation for plug-in parameters

 • Legacy Venue show file compatibility

 • Server redundancy with automatic failover 

 • No external computer host or network switch necessary