API 1608 Recording Console with Automation

16-channel Recording Console with Discrete, All-analog Signal Path, 8 x Empty 500 Series Slots, and Built-in Automation
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API 1608 Recording Console with Automation
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16-channels of Epic API Sound, Plus Powerful P-Mix Automation

Base your DAW around the API 1608 Recording Console and create the perfect marriage between classic analog sound and modern digital flexibility. You get the legendary API sound - powerful punchy lows, an incredibly rich and detailed midrange, stellar highs, and fast transient response. But the real magic here is how easy it is to integrate the 1608 Recording Console into your DAW-based studio, with generous I/O options and versatile routing potential. Built-in automation gives you precise mix control, easy backups of your mixes, and even control over your DAW. Best of all, you can add your favorite 500 Series modules to customize your selection of EQs, compressors, and more. Call Sweetwater today to find out if the API 1608 Recording Console is the right foundation for your studio.

API 1608 Recording Console 16-channel Analog Mixer with Automation at a Glance:
  • The API sound that created countless hit albums
  • Everything you love about analog mixing, but with your DAW
  • Customize your console with 500 Series modules
The API sound that created countless hit albums

With the API 1608 Recording Console, you've got the same sonic foundation that countless iconic albums have been recorded on. You've got 16 x 548B input modules, 12 x 550A parametric EQs, and 4 x 560 graphic EQs ready to give you platinum sound right from the start. The preamps are based on API's signature 2520 op-amp, the same ones used in API's legendary vintage consoles. And while the 1608 Recording Console gives you the sonic benefit of an older console, it's been designed from the ground up for modern studio workflows.

Everything you love about analog mixing, but with your DAW

Even if you're working on 5.1 surround sound projects, the API 1608 Recording Console is easy to integrate into your DAW setup. Generous I/O, mainly on XLR and 1/4" TRS connections, makes it easy to connect to your AD/DA converters in a way that best suits your workflow. But every studio and workflow is different, so give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call for help finding the best way to integrate the API 1608 Recording Console into your existing setup.

Customize your console with 500 Series modules

API's 500 Series processing modules have taken the professional mixing world by storm, allowing engineers to easily mix and match EQs, compressors, and other processors to suit the project. The API 1608 Recording Console sports eight empty 500 Series slots, ready for you to add your favorite processors. And even though the included 550 and 560 equalizers sound amazing, you can easily swap these out for other 500 Series modules to completely customize the 1608 Recording Console.

Powerful automation capabilities built right in

This configuration of the API 1608 Recording Console features built-in P-Mix automation that gives you incredibly precise control over your mix. The motorized faders have automation switches for fast access, and all solo and mute switches can be automated. You can create an unlimited number of fader groups, you've got unlimited mix restore points, and all your settings can be easily saved to standard SD card media. You even get DAW control with unity gain audio bypass, giving you the perfect balance between your analog and digital equipment.

API 1608 Recording Console 16-channel Analog Mixer with Automation Features:
  • Discrete, fully analog mixing console with stellar API sound quality
  • API's patented 2520 op-amps give you the sound that's created countless hit albums
  • Flexible I/O options give you lots of different workflow options and creative routing potential
  • Eight empty 500 Series slots are ready for you to customize with your favorite EQs, compressors, and more
  • 16 direct outputs and eight Bus outputs let you track up to 24 channels simultaneously in your DAW
  • Built-in P-Mix automation gives you precise control and can save settings to standard SD card media
  • Different configurations are available - call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to learn which is best for your studio
Get everything you love about API in a modern console with the 1608 Recording Console!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Busses/Groups 8 Main Buses, 8 Aux Buses, 1 Stereo Bus
Height 17.9"
Width 37.6"
Depth 33"
Weight 228 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 1608 Console 16 Automation

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