Audient ASP4816

16-channel 48-fader In-line Recording/Mixing Console with 4-band EQs, 16 x Class A Mic Pres, Monitor Management, and a Stereo Master Compressor
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$16,900.00
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Audient ASP4816
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Audient's Most Accessible Recording Console!

Large-format mixing in a compact frame! Audient's ASP4816 in-line console gives you all of the most important key features of their large-format design, but in a more cost-effective and compact format. The ASP4816 starts off witha set of 16 Audient Class A microphone preamplifiers - the same preamps featured in Audient's ASP8024 mixer lineup. Each of the 16 main channels also includes Audient's 4-band equalizer - a powerful EQ that lets you easily tweak your tone to perfection. And thanks to its fully comprehensive central control section, the Audient ASP4816 is the perfect console for any midsize studio!

Audient ASP4816 in-line Recording and Mixing Console at a Glance:
  • Ergonomic in-line convenience
  • Flexible signal routing options
  • Superior onboard preamps and processing
Ergonomic in-line convenience

It's rare to find an old-school in-line console these days, but if you've ever worked on one, you know how incredibly convenient this format can be. Audient's ASP4816 mixing console integrates this same streamlined workflow in a 16-channel format, putting all of the controls you need within easy reach, without forcing you to buy more console than you need. That makes the ASP4816 the perfect console for your midsize studio - especially if you need to work quickly and efficiently.

Flexible signal routing options

With 16 recording channels and 16 in-line mix channels, you can hardly call the ASP4816's basic routing ability limited. But to let you take full advantage of this format, Audient knew they'd have to include a powerful center section. One look at the ASP4816's master section, and you'll know they nailed it! 16-bus routing, plus six auxiliary buses, two dedicated cues sends, four stereo returns, and a comprehensive monitor section all contribute to the absolutely incredible toolset the ASP4816 gives you.

Superior onboard preamps and processing

Of course, all of the ergonomic convenience and routing flexibility in the world wouldn't matter if the ASP4816 didn't sound good. It sounds absolutely amazing! Engineered and developed from the ground up by console design legend David Dearden, it's little wonder that the ASP4816 is one of the best-sounding consoles on the market. Not only does it feature Dearden's incredible 4-band EQs and high-headroom Class A microphone preamplifiers, it also includes an absolutely phenomenal-sounding stereo bus compressor - perfect for adding that vital finishing touch to your recordings.

Audient ASP4816 in-line Recording and Mixing Console Features:
  • The sound and feel of Audient's world-famous ASP8024 mixer in a compact and more affordable format
  • The perfect in-line recording console for midsize recording/production houses and educational facilities
  • Supreme sound quality designed by industry legend, David Dearden.
  • 16 x main channels each feature dual inputs (each with its own fader), as well as a Class A microphone preamplifier and a 4-band EQ
  • Flexible signal routing includes 16 x record buses, 6 x aux buses, 2 x cue sends, and 4 x stereo returns
  • Central section features a comprehensive monitor control section and a highly musical stereo-bus compressor.
Get large-format convenience in a small, streamlined format with the Audient ASP4816 in-line recording and mixing console!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR
Inputs - Line 16 x TRS
Inputs - Other 16
Outputs - Main 8 x XLR (4 Pairs)
Outputs - Direct 3 x DB25 (Subgroups/Bus)
Phantom Power 16
EQ Bands 16 x 4-band
Aux Sends 6 x Sends, 2 x Cue Buses
Busses/Groups 16
Faders 48 (16 Mic Long-throw, 16 Line Short-throw, 16 Bus Long-throw)
Channel Inserts Yes (Balanced)
Talkback Yes
Height 13.96"
Width 42.9"
Depth 39.173"
Weight 250 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ASP4816

Customer Reviews

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3.5/5

Clean to a fault

In my studio's original build out a little over a year ago, we initially chose an Allen & Heath GSR-24m as our console, which after multiple hardware failures and all but non-existent support from Allen & Heath themselves, we traded in a few months ago for one of these. As such, my opinions of the ASP4816 are colored somewhat by my experience with the GSR itself (which, for what it's worth, was a lovely sounding desk in its own right, and we would be happily still mixing away on one were it not for its poor reliability issues). Let's start with the unequivocally bad first. In my opinion, the EQs are pretty much worthless. Compared to the EQs on the GSR, they lack weight and precision – they feel thin, flimsy and phasey when boosted heavily. I literally never use them - if I run out Electras in my 500 series rack, I reach for plugins. The master volume control is also overly sensitive – as a general principle, only the first quarter turn is usable travel. That said, it tracks well at low volumes, so you get used to it. Now on to the unequivocally good. The preamps are wonderful. I loved the preamps on the GSR. I have a very nice collection of outboard preamps, including an Earthworks ZDT-1024, UA 4-710d, Focusrite ISA828, Retro POWERSTRIP, Dave Hill Europa, etc. Since having installed the Audient, I'll as often as not track exclusively through the onboard preamps. They're quiet as a mouse, clean, weighty and punchy. They sound great. The workflow and routing of the desk is also very flexible and intuitive. It's a very easy desk to work with ergonomically, and it will handle a wide range of creative workflows. Which leaves arguably the most important part, which is the sound of the summing engine itself. This is the area where, after having mixed about a half a dozen records on it now, I'm still torn. On the one hand, it is tremendously clean, quiet and detailed. Almost unbelievably so – I've mastered Soprano arias through a pair of the channels. You all but can't hear the difference between running straight out of the converters and running through the mix engine. And the same can be said of the inserts – my Bricasti sounds gloriously detailed running through it. On the other hand, it can be clean to a fault. There's essentially no “sweet spot” where you can make the desk sing – it's just 'clean, clean, clean...ok we finally overdid it.' That magical Neveish thing where you can just push up the faders and get a smile on your face is simply not there. Now, in theory, this leaves you free to add color as you please with plugins and outboard, and in practice, you sort of can. But there's no integral cohesion really that makes mixing on something like an AWS so effortless and rewarding. All that said, on balance I like it. As I mentioned earlier, I have a bunch of 500 series EQs that I like, so the fact that the built in ones are pretty miserable isn't a deal breaker, and it's capable of an undeniably classier net end result than anything I'd owned before it. Is it a poor man's SSL? Not really no...that expensive sounding “magic” is just not there. That said, it is incredibly solidly put together, and it feels and sounds very technically well judged. It probably isn't my “forever” desk, but then again, I don't suppose you can expect a 15k desk to be.
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Musician and Speaker OEM
See also: Audient, Audient Analog Mixers