Jessup, Maryland - Oct. 2007:
API proudly introduced the API Model 1608 recording console at the 123rd AES Convention in New York City. The console builds on the design, sound and reputation of the classic API 1604 — workhorse for over thirty years — and adds new options to satisfy the demands of modern recording practices. The 1608 features the revered 2520 circuitry and is built to the same exacting standards as the flagship API Vision and Legacy consoles.
Sharing the form factor of the 1604 but increasing the bus and echo return counts, the standard 1608 is configured with sixteen 548B inputs with 312 mic pre/line inputs and direct output; and also includes twelve 550A three-band equalizers and four 560 ten-band graphic equalizer modules. A comprehensive center section features 5.1 monitoring and has space for up to eight additional 500 series modules. Other features include comprehensive VU metering and rear connector patching.
Eight additional inputs are designated as effects returns bringing the total line input count to twenty-four. The 1608 ships with sixteen manual mono input faders and a stereo master fader. Moving fader automation will be available as an option in the future.
The API 1608 is available as a fully fitted 16-channel console at $49,900 with a 16-channel expander option at $39,900.