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API has rightfully earned its place in the music history books, not to mention the hearts of all kinds of engineers. And this stalwart sixteen-channel console, the 1608, deserves its spot in API's legendary lineage. Here, you get the premium analog circuitry and unmistakable mojo of a straight-from-the-'60s API console. But, more than that, the 1608 offers up 500 Series compatibility to seamlessly integrate into your existing setup, anchoring front end duties while remaining customizable to suit your evolving style and workflows. Although there are upgrade options, such as fully loaded 500 Series slots and DAW automation, there is nothing "base" about the API 1608 base model. If you're wanting to tap into historic API sound and make a significant sonic and long-term monetary investment in your studio, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better console than the API 1608. Discrete circuitry, smart layout, classic analog sound Optional "loaded" with API modules or your favorite 500 Series gear Optional automation bridges the analog-to-DAW gap Simply a smart investment


$65,000 to spend. Thoughts on console.

...aside $65k for the console. The two that have bubbled up to the top are the audient 8024, and the api 1608 w automation. We use our room for both tracking and mixing, and audio for video post. We in fact just ordered a pair of barefoot minimain 12s, a single mm 26 for...

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June Audio Recording Studios - A Wes Lachot studio in Provo, Utah

...was finished. The crew from Brett Acoustics left, driving one of the trucks back and taking our old API 1608 with them. One week later Tony and his brother Bryan flew back out to help finish up a few odds and ends like the soffit facia they are installing here. Adjusting the many Overly sound doors...

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Why no modern high end consoles with the footprint of a Studer 169?

These are quite “big” desks compared to the size of a sonosax or a Studer 169 or a 961. I hope some companies will come up with an high quality consolette, that is reasonably priced, nice routing (with 4 sends and fx returns built in), small musical eq and a flexible great sounding compressor on the...

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