With hundreds of satisfied customers, API's 1608 console continues to make a mark on the music industry with the company's signature API sound. Available with or without P-Mix automation and up to 48 channels, 1608's can be found in studios both large and small, in the U.S. and around the world. Here is a small sampling of some 1608s that have recently left the factory.
STUDIO K — Paris, France
Situated on the fourth floor of a 17th century building in Paris, David Chalmin's 32-channel automated API1608 console is the perfect fit for his semi-private space. Chalmin began as a musician, but his interest in pro audio gear has turned him into an engineer who has worked on everything from alternative rock to classical music.
Chalmin did his fair share of research before deciding on the 1608 and chose the console based on the API sound, character, and API 500 Series format. "The preamps are amazing, so already while tracking you get your sound. Then, during the mix, you have huge headroom to play with. Automation is simple and straightforward. It brings the console to another level. This console is a dream!" says Chalmin.
VIRGINIA ARTS — Charlottesville, Virginia
Next, Virginia Art's (Virginia's oldest operating commercial studio) opted for a 16 channel API 1608, again with P-Mix automation. The console will serve as the flagship in Virginia Arts Recording, owned by Chris Doermann and engineered by Sean Dart.
The 1608 has already served many local and national acts, such as John Grisham, Thomas Dolby, Those Darlins, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Cowboy Junkies, and William and Mary Accidentals.
"The API brand has long been known for its excellent products. Sound and flexibility were among the top factors [in purchasing the 1608]. The console's small footprint and low power draw was the perfect addition to our relatively small control room. Also, API's staff welcomed us into the factory on day one and answered every question we've had since. And the biggest thing — great sound," said Sean Dart.
EMERY RECORDING STUDIOS — Novelty, Ohio
Final example, studio owner, producer, engineer and mixer, Eric Emery, chose a 16 channel automated API 1608 to represent his workspace, Emery Recording Studios, and his band, Concordia. Working under Johnny K. at Groovemaster Studios, as well as Grammy Award-winning mixer Craig Bauer, Emery's 1608 choice of console has added a level of API professionalism to his studio, which has been in operation since 2005 when he was just 15 years old.
"The first time I heard that magical API Sound I was hooked. It just has that special punch you can't get from anything else," said Emery. "This console gives my mixes something I couldn't get from any other piece of gear. This is a definite no-brainer if you want to achieve that truly commercial sound."