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Avid Announces VENUE 5.2 Software, New Dante Option Card

I/O sharing and DNT-192 Option Card for integrating VENUE | S6L with Dante-enabled devices and infrastructures.

Avid in Burlington, Mass., announces Version 5.2 of VENUE software for the Avid VENUE | S6L live sound system. The update includes I/O sharing with Avid True Gain Technology as well as support for the new DNT-192 Option Card. In addition, a free stand-alone version of VENUE 5.2 enables engineers to work on show files for VENUE | S6L offline without needing a system.

VENUE | S6L is a fully modular, scalable live sound mixing system for front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, theater, and more. Featuring modern, touchscreen workflows and an advanced live sound engine, VENUE | S6L easily handles large, complex tours and events. 

I/O sharing and gain tracking enables the sharing of Stage 64 I/O racks across two VENUE | S6L systems, with automatic gain tracking, reducing I/O and cable requirements, set-up times, and transportation costs. Avid True Gain Technology automatically manages gain compensation to ensure the proper signal levels in each engineer’s mix, providing all engineers on the network with the exact same experience, including fully independent control of all input gain levels.

VENUE 5.2 also supports the new DNT-192 Option Card for VENUE | S6L. With widespread industry adoption of Audinate’s Dante networking protocol, the VENUE | DNT-192 card enables engineers to integrate VENUE | S6L into existing Dante infrastructures and with numerous Dante-enabled devices such as audio mixers, amps, preamps, DSP wireless mics and more.

VENUE 5.2 Standalone software is a free stand-alone version of VENUE 5.2 software that enables engineers to preprogram shows, work on show files offline, or familiarize themselves with VENUE software without needing to use VENUE | S6L.

Other new enhancements in VENUE 5.2 include support for up to four HDX-192 Expansion Cards in the E6L-192 engine, doubling the plug-in processing power of VENUE | S6L; the ability to navigate, mix faster and take control of more parameters using the external GUI; system optimizations and improvements to device connectivity, discovering, pairing and audio signal integrity designed to make mixing easier.

The new 16-channel audio interface card delivers high-speed, high-quality Dante connectivity and communication to VENUE | S6L systems, and is said to preserve the full quality and integrity of original sound sources to achieve the highest quality mixes.

Based on the Dante Brooklyn II module, the DNT-192 Card enables users to integrate VENUE | S6L with a network of Gigabit Dante-enabled devices, including external audio mixers, amps, preamps, DSP, wireless mics, and more, while avoiding the pitfalls of analog connections, including signal degradation, crosstalk and electrical interference. Customers can install up to six Dante cards in a single Stage 64 for a maximum total of 64 inputs and 32 outputs per rack.

The free Dante Controller software enables users to quickly configure cards and devices, monitor signal health and status, and route audio throughout their entire Dante network. Set up is aided by automatic device discovery, one-click signal routing, and user-editable device and channel labels.

Find more information about the Avid VENUE | S6L live sound system.

Find more information about the DNT-192 Card.