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API 1608-II 16 Channel Recording and Mixing Console

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The API 1608-II is a 16-channel analogue console building upon the rich legacy of the 1608 with new valuable features - each channel loaded with preamps and EQ.

£43,665.83 ex VAT £52,399.00 inc VAT
£43,665.83 ex VAT £52,399.00 inc VAT

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API remains at the leading edge of small format analogue console design with their newest offering – the API 1608-II Console. Expanding on the architecture of their ever popular 1608 console, which helped revolutionize the analogue project studio, API has brought out its latest iteration, the Mk II.

The API 1608-II features a single audio path design, perfect for analogue tracking, routing and monitoring. Each channel on the 1608-II consists of one signal path for tracking or mixing. The core of each channel is the 548C Channel module, which provides for a variety of functions. The combination of the 16 channels, the 4 Stereo Returns, and the 8 Summing Bus masters provides 32 channels of audio for mixdown via the Program Bus.

The 548C Channel module provides everything you need to track and assign your audio signals. Employing a variation on the classic API 212L mic pre, the preamp section provides the essential tools of 48 V phantom power, polarity reversal, a -20 dB pad, a peak output LED, and up to +55 dB of gain.

The API 1608-II comes well equipped with 12x 550A Parametric Equalizers, and 4x 560 Graphic Equalizers. Enjoy the best of both worlds with API’s two flagship EQ’s to shape your sound any way you want.

The API 1608-II provides a meter bridge with full analogue VU metering, in a classic black/red scale on a yellow background for easy visibility. All Input channels have a medium-size VU meter, with the first 8 doubling as meters for the Summing Buses. Over the Master Section, the 8 Auxes & 4 Stereo Returns have their own set of small meters, while the Stereo Program Bus is displayed on the largest pair. All meters are illuminated.

The Master Section of the API 1608-II has a comprehensive set of tools that allow you to control and process your signals for both tracking and mixing. This section houses the controls for the Stereo Returns, Auxiliary Sends, Summing Buses, Solo Bus, Oscillator, Talkback and Control Room monitoring functions.

Key to the processing and colour of your sound are the four Stereo Returns located on the 265C module. To maximize the utility of the Stereo Returns, load the 500 Series modules of your choice for compression, limiting and tone shaping of every description. These modules can be used in pairs in conjunction with the Stereo Returns, or as individually patchable processors. Complement the classic tone of the API mic pre/EQ with even more sonic sculpting!

API 1608-II Main Features:

  • 16 Channels of Input, each with EQ & Mic Preamps
  • 16 Faders
  • 8 Auxiliary Sendsper channel
  • 8 Summing Buses
  • 4 Stereo Returns
  • 1 Stereo Bus
  • 8 Spaces for additional 500 Series modules

Final TouchTM Motorized Fader Automation System

Derived from API's Vision Automation System used extensively in the Vision, Legacy Plus and AXS consoles, API now offers optional Final Touch fader automation for the 1608-II console. Final Touch automation combines system reliability, user flexibility and operational simplicity and offers a host of features found only in the most expensive and sophisticated console automation systems typically costing many times more. Consoles can be factory-fitted with Final Touch automation prior to delivery, and existing 1608-II consoles can be retrofitted with Final Touch automation.

New: In addition to the 1608-II, API's Final Touch automation systems are available for the flagship Vision console, the Legacy AXS, and the new 2448. This allows for mix files to be easily transferred across any of these API console products.


Final Touch Automation Features:

  • Reliable, self-contained system requiring no external computer
  • Individual Switch Control on each fader
  • Global Control Panel in the console Center Section
  • Hi Resolution 7.5" Touch Screen Control
  • Files are easily saved to standard memory cards
  • Automated Mute and Insert switches on each channel
  • Unlimited Fader Groups with 2 dedicated Group Master Faders
  • Motorized Stereo Program Fader
  • 4 Motorized Stereo Returns
  • DAW Control with unity gain audio bypass
  • Unlimited Mix Restore points
  • Comprehensive Operations Manual

View the API 1608-II Operator's Manual here.

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