Jessup, Maryland - Sept. 2010:
API is pleased to announce the first placement of an API 1608 console in Norway. The desk arrives in the country through API's newest representative, ProLyd AS, and will reside in the Oslo-based Livingroom Studios. According to George Tanderø, engineer/mixer at Livingroom Studios, acquiring the console is "a dream come true." "I wanted a console that had modern routing and monitoring facilities that would give me a large, super solid, 'punchy' sound straight out of the box," Tanderø said. "Having used both a vintage 3216 and the newer Legacy, I knew the 1608 would make my job a lot easier and inspire my work."
And work he does. Tanderø started out as an assistant engineer in a well-established Norwegian studio before moving on to work as a recording engineer/mixer for several of the country's leading artists. Later traveling to London, Tanderø worked for producer Martin Terefe at Kensaltown Studios, where he recorded and mixed numerous international artists such as James Morrison, Travis, Ron Sexsmith, a-ha, Teitur and Yusuf Islam.
Now in his own studio, Tanderø said he chose to get a new console because he didn't want to deal with ongoing maintenance and he wanted everything to work all of the time. "The 1608 fits my needs really well since I do both recording and mixing, plus it's an amazing interface between Pro Tools and all of my outboard," he said. "The routing is super flexible and well thought out. I'm also amazed at how many smart features the console has - the mic pres and EQs are phenomenal and the headroom goes on for days."
Christopher Briggs, representative from ProLyd AS, is just as excited about Norway's first 1608. "We are of course delighted about the new 1608, particularly about the 'API sound' and the flexibility it brings," he said. "I've been in the business for fifteen years and have always had API on my 'wish list' of products to distribute. It's great to work with a professional manufacturer who makes so many great products and provides such outstanding customer service."
API's Managing Director, Gordon Smart, said, "It's gratifying to see the 1608 flow into the audio community in Norway and, in fact, around the world. Partners like ProLyd AS continue to help us deliver the unique 'API sound' that the market is increasingly demanding."
The 1608 is a 16-channel, full-featured analog recording console. Based on API's vintage 1604 desk, which has stayed in demand internationally for more than three decades, the new 1608 is built to the same exacting standards as API's Vision and Legacy consoles.
"The first day I mixed on it, both the artist and I were blown away by the punch, clarity and the warmth the sound had," said Tanderø. "Since installing the 1608 console, I've been working with a very large smile on my face."