Trade ICON for Pro Tools | S6 and Save up to 20%

By in Audio Post, Music Creation, Pro Mixing

Got an ICON D-Control or D-Command? Take advantage of special hardware exchange pricing—and a massive leap forward in pro mixing workflows, efficiency, ergonomics, visual feedback, customization, flexibility and integration with Pro Tools | S6.

The Pro Tools | S6 control surface leverages and improves on the best of the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary scalable modular design. S6 also offers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer. It delivers the performance you need to complete projects faster and create the best sounding mixes possible, and there’s never been a better time to exchange your ICON then now.

Save up to 20% when you trade in your ICON towards your choice of S6 M40 system with expandable options.

 

Why exchange up to S6?

  • Get better visual feedback with extensive metering options, scrolling waveforms, high-res OLED displays and full color coding on tracks and encoders
  • Navigate big sessions with ease with unique Tracks View on a central touchscreen
  • Experience more scalability and customization options with full channel and center section modularity
  • Comfortably reach and get access to everything with superior ergonomics and layouts
  • Control more workstations and other DAW’s with the EUCON networked technology and build customized layouts of multiple DAWs on the surface
  • Get software updates and expert help whenever, wherever, and however you need it with one year of Avid Support included

“Avid has really maximized the space that you have on the desk and you get a lot of functionality in a much smaller space. The S6 is a tremendous improvement – it really has been well thought out and laid out ergonomically for us to have everything we need at our fingertips and I find that I work much faster.”

— Frank Morrone

What are mixers saying about why S6 is the next level in mixing?

In Post Production:

Frank Morrone
Technicolor Re-Recording Mixer
Lost, The Strain, The Kennedys

“With the S6, I have the TFT (Meter) displays and all the information is streamlined right in front of me. I can get at it with a lot less clutter. And I really love the scrolling waveforms because when I’m doing my dialogue premixes I can see when a piece of dialogue is coming in on a track and if I need to raise my Fader because of the (relative) size of the incoming waveform.  To be able to also see my metering, my compression and my EQ curves right next to the scrolling waveform are just great features and they really get you into a rhythm when you’re working. It’s a rhythm and efficiency that you could never get before.

Another big difference for me between the ICON and the S6 is the use of real estate. Avid has really maximized the space that you have on the desk and you get a lot of functionality in a much smaller space. The S6 is a tremendous improvement – it really has been well thought out and laid out ergonomically for us to have everything we need at our fingertips and I find that I work much faster. It’s been a real treat and a joy to work on the new S6.

Moving from the ICON to the S6 was virtually seamless, just a few hours really.  Once you’re familiar with working and mixing within Pro Tools HD and it’s automation, the ICON and the S6 are just an extension of that and it was a very easy move.”

 

David Patterson
Harbor Picture Company Re-Recording Mixer
Marco Polo, The Adjustment Bureau, Drive

“When you work ‘In The Box’ on the ICON, people tend to spend quite a bit of time in front of and focused on the computer monitor to see the tracks and the waveforms. With the S6 it’s a lot easier to forget about the computer monitor because you have everything right in front of you on the surface and you can stay focused on the mixing and the image on the big screen. You can work a lot faster. We had a lot of tracks to deal with. I found that the color-coding on the surface enabled me to look up at a glance, find tracks quickly and help me stay organized and really stay away from the computer monitor.”

 

Roberto Fernandez
Harbor Picture Company Re-Recording Mixer
Marco Polo, Drive, Crouching Tiger, The Village

“I had always said that the ICON D-Control had the best workflow of any console I had worked on, but it had very little visual information back to me. The System 5 has a ton of great visual feedback and metering but doesn’t have the same integration with Plug-ins and the software. And now the S6 is really a great combination of both the best of the ICON and the System 5. It goes beyond what they both can do – it’s really flexible and I can mix faster.”

 

Joe Barnett
Independent Re-Recording Mixer
Hands of Stone, Dumb and Dumber To, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I love the S6; I think it’s a very professional product. It’s definitely the next step in the evolution. The ICON is functional and cool but the S6 takes it to the next level. My favorite feature is the Displays with scrolling waveforms and gain reduction meters on every channel. It’s pretty great.”

 

Chris Reynolds and Doug Higgins
Directors of Audio Services at Deluxe Hollywood

“For specific features the S6 is more appealing than the ICON. For example the ergonomics; the encoder depth and fader width and being able to reach everything. The fader quality too – mixers are always commenting on how great they feel (compared to ICON). The modularity has allowed us to change the order of the knobs to the second position versus the process module – and we’re not locked into it. It’s easy to troubleshoot, pop out and swap a module if there is an issue. “

 “Having an easy module swap means that our internal engineering department can quickly solve 99% of any issues. And the new Vegas mode takes it to a new level!”

“Given my great experience with the ICON as well as my desire for the latest and greatest in technology, it was an easy decision to become an early adopter of the S6. With unprecedented visual feedback, modularity, and touchscreen interface that the S6 offers, the surface further elevates my workflow in every way…

– Craig Bauer

In Music:

Craig Bauer

GRAMMY® Winning Mixer

“After 20+ years in Chicago, I decided to move HINGE to Los Angeles in the fall of 2013. Avid had just announced the S6, their latest offering in the evolution of the control surface. Given the move to LA, my great experience with the ICON as well as my desire for the latest and greatest in technology, it was an easy decision to become an early adopter of the S6. With unprecedented visual feedback, modularity, and touchscreen interface that the S6 offers, the surface further elevates my workflow in every way. With the S6, I do still mix with a hybrid set-up and continue to push the envelope of what’s possible in mixing with this highly advanced control surface and DAW: Pro Tools | S6.”

 

Mick Guzauski
14 time GRAMMY Winning Mixer
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys

“I never was really crazy about the layout of ICON because it had a huge center section and the faders were very far away. I never really liked the way the faders felt on it. The S6 really addressed all the issues I’ve had with the ICON and then seeing what’s coming with future software releases pretty much address any issues I’ve had dealing with control surfaces.”

 

Comparing ICON to Pro Tools | S6 M40

 

ICON D-Command
24 Fader

ICON D-Control
32 Fader

S6 M40 32 Fader
5 Knob with Displays

Processing Power

2 x 80mips Processors

3 x 80mips Processors

Master i5 Processor/CPU
plus 17 x 500mips processors

Metering / Visual feedback

1. Low resolution Dual 30 segment LED meters in Meter Bridge (mono/stereo or mono with gain reduction)

2. Send and gain reduction metering on encoders – 15 segment

1. Low resolution Dual 30 segment LED meters in Meter Bridge (mono/stereo or mono with gain reduction)

2. Send and gain reduction metering on encoders – 15 segment

1. Hi-Res TFT Meter Displays with fully customizable Ballistics, Modes, up to 7.1. EQ, Dynamics and scrolling waveforms / automation

2. Fader modules– Dual 30 Segment LED plus Gain Reduction meter.

3. Master Touch Module full color scrollable metering

4. Underlying automation on Fader LED meter

Faders

ALPS

P&G 3000

TKD

Bucket Size / Scalability

1. Minimum 8 Faders + Master

2. 16 Fader Expander Buckets

3. Fixed channel strip config

1. Minimum 16 Faders + Master

2. 16 Fader Expander Buckets

3. Fixed channel strip config

1. Minimum 8 Faders + Master

2. 8 Fader Expansion

3. Flexible modular channel strip configuration

Knobs Per Channel

2

6

Your choice of 1, 5 or 9 knobs per channel per 8 fader bucket

Knob visual feedback

1. 6 Character LCD + 15 Bi-Color LED’s around knobs

2. Parameter name or value plus coarse position

1. 6 Character LCD + 15 Bi-Color LED meters per channel

2. Parameter name or value plus coarse position

1. 11 Character Hi-Res OLED displays

2. Parameter name plus value and position

3. Full Color LED color code knob top for modes

Workstation Control

Switchable between 2 Pro Tools HD DAWs

Switchable between 4 Pro Tools HD DAWs

Simultaneous control of 8 EUCON DAW’s including Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Pyramix, etc.

Master Section

1. 18” Wide

2. Reduced size EQ/Dyn panels and other buttons

3. 1 monochrome Soft Key section 6 buttons

4. X-Mon monitor control only

1. 37” Wide

2. Dedicated EQ/Dyn panel and other buttons

3. 1 monochrome Soft Key section 6 buttons

4. X-Mon monitor control only

1. Minimum 12” wide

2. 12.1” scrolling multi-touch Touch TFT Heads-Up Display

3. 4 assignable full color Soft Key Displays with 60 total buttons

4. Your choice of monitor sections

5. 8 to 72 Knobs for EQ/Dyn

Ergonomics - Console Width

8 Fader: 32.5”
24 Fader: 53”

16 Fader: 65.5”
32 Fader: 88.5”

16 Fader: 34.5”
32 Fader: 58.5”

Ergonomics -Reach to Top Knob

22”

35”

24” for 5 Knob
30” for 9 Knob

 

ICON D-Command
24 Fader

ICON D-Control
32 Fader

S6 M40 32 Fader
5 Knob with Displays

Game Changer #1

N/A

N/A

Build custom layouts of multiple DAWs on the surface at the same time

Game Changer #2

N/A

N/A

Visual Feedback from track colors and Scrolling Waveforms in channel strip with overlaid automation

Game Changer #3

N/A

N/A

Customizable and Programmable Soft Keys

Game Changer #4

Small Dedicated EQ/Dyn (requires paging)

Full Dedicated EQ/Dyn in large center section

Local expand mode and 2 Customizable Expand Knob Zones to Focus the EQ, Dyn, Pan, Sends or any Plug-In

Game Changer #5

N/A

N/A

Clip Editing/Fades from surface

Game Changer #6

Custom Faders -1 Zone

Custom Faders - 2 Zones

2 Customizable Spill Zones

Game Changer #7

Single silver knob /
green color LEDs

Single silver knob /
green color LEDs

Multicolor lighted knob top based on modes: EQ, Dyn, Send, Insert, etc.

Professional mixing has always been about improving workflows as soundtracks and albums push the limits of what is possible. Avid has lead the way in the industry for the last 20 years of the mixing evolution and been interested in designing and delivering the most comprehensive, powerful and flexible solution that mixers demand to be creative and deliver on time and on budget. Pro Tools S6 is mixing redefined; the next generation of mixing surface delivering an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer.

Mixing Redefined

Choose a pre-configured S6 system or build your own. Speak with our experts to determine the best fit for your workflow and business.

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Sr. Marketing Manager for Avid Live Sound Systems and Music Notation. I previously worked at Euphonix and E-MU Systems before joining Avid.