Pro Audio Review Magazine has announced the winners of their 2012 Excellence Awards and API's 1608 has come out on top, yet again. In the Studio Controllers/Mixers/Worksurfaces category, our coveted 1608 was the clear winner as PAR editors and contributors voted based on proven field track record, demonstrations, performance and "I want to own this" principle. Read the excerpt below from the announcement:
"Nominated alongside analog, digital and hybrid competition from Harrison, Slate Pro Audio and Yamaha, premium console makers API pulled ahead for the win with their proprietary automation equipped 1608 analog console. Arguably super popular for its big analog sound and small footprint, engineer/mixers like Nashville-based Jeff Balding (John Mellencamp, Carrie Underwood, Megadeth) have purchased one for their pro-grade home studios, specifically choosing it over hybrid analog desks with integrated DAW controllers.
"'I looked at all of those [competing products],' explained Balding to PAR in an exclusive interview. 'But the API, even though it didn't have all the fancy bells and whistles, it's just solid. It's a real console. My priority was 'it's got to sound good.' Plus, this console has the vintage kind of vibe that I liked.'
"Now available with an optional, completely self-contained automation system (no external computers) with fully automatable faders, mutes, and inserts, there's even more to like about the 1608."