Avid selects IHSE as network KVM solution for Pro Tools | S6 Audio Mixing Control Surface

Avid selects IHSE as network KVM solution for Pro Tools | S6 Audio Mixing Control Surface

Avid integrates KVM options into latest Pro Tools | S6 Master Touch Module based on IHSE KVM network protocol

IHSE GmbH today announces that Avid®’s latest Pro Tools® | S6 modular control surface includes integrated KVM switch support based on the IHSE network protocol.  Pro Tools | S6 console users can now enjoy the benefits of integrated KVM control to make setup and configuration faster and easier.  Through the S6 Master Touch Module, the central hub of the S6 surface, users can control the Draco tera | S6 KVM switch to select between multiple Pro Tools workstations or other digital audio workstations (DAWs).

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IHSE’s KVM solutions have been part of many Avid-based audio-mixing studios around the world for several years, including Wildfire Sonic Magic, Technicolor Sound, Deluxe, Todd Soundelux, and Electric Entertainment.  With over 1000 Pro Tools | S6 systems operating in leading studios and production facilities worldwide, and more than 35,000 users, Avid has created the industry’s most open architecture for third-party connectivity, enabling comprehensive solutions for content creation, management, and distribution. The integration of IHSE’s API for network control of KVM switching further expands Avid’s partner ecosystem.

“The IHSE KVM integration with the Avid S6 system was something we were very keen on. It enables the workstation monitor to literally ‘follow’ what you're working on as you work on the control surface,” said Jonathan Wales, CEO, Wildfire Sonic Magic. “Everyone loves it here, and we are thrilled with such integrations.”

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“Pro Tools | S6 delivers efficient workflows for fast precision mixing, and with the IHSE KVM, it’s now faster and easier to set up and configure than ever before,” said Tim Carroll, vice president of product management for Audio at Avid. “We selected IHSE’s Draco tera as our preferred KVM solution because of its ultra-fast switching, intelligent scalability, and simple user interface. The performance of the KVM is so fast that the audio-mixing engineer cannot perceive that a switch has actually been made.”

During the development process, the IHSE engineering staff worked closely with Avid’s technical team to support KVM protocol development, implementing the necessary features and connectivity between the Draco tera | S6 KVM switch and the S6 master console.

“The Avid technical team is a remarkable group of talented individuals, and we were impressed with their ability to quickly integrate the API for our KVM system,” said Enno Littmann, managing director of IHSE.

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“This combined solution enables audio professionals to instantly switch Pro Tools sources, allowing them to focus on their jobs, rather than be distracted by the equipment or wait for a system reconfiguration to be carried out for them. Individual studios can be assigned as required, operators will work more effectively and valuable assets can be better managed; with greater efficiency and security.”

A combined live demonstration of the Avid Pro Tools | S6 and the Draco tera | S6 KVM system will be available at IBC in Amsterdam, 9-13 September 2016, stand 7.B30.

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