API introduced the API Model 1608 recording console at the 123rd AES Convention in New York City. The console builds on the design, sound and reputation of the classic API 1604—a workhorse for more than 30 years—and adds new options to satisfy the demands of modern recording practices. The 1608 features 2520 circuitry and is built to the same exacting standards as the flagship API Vision and Legacy consoles.
Sharing the form factor of the 1604 while increasing the bus and echo-return counts, the standard 1608 is configured with 16 548B inputs with 312 mic pre/line inputs and direct output. It also includes 12 550A 3-band equalizers and four 560 10-band graphic equalizer modules. A comprehensive center section features 5.1 monitoring and has space for up to eight additional 500 Series modules. Other features include comprehensive VU metering and rear connector patching.
Eight additional inputs are designated as effects returns bringing the total line-input count to 24. The 1608 ships with 16 manual mono input faders and a stereo master fader. API adds that moving fader automation will be available as an option in the future.
The API 1608 is available as a fully fitted 16-channel console at $49,900, with a 16-channel expander option for $39,900.
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