The API 1608 gives all of the advantages of the 1604 vintage consoles while adding new, modern features valuable to today's engineers, producers and musicians.
The 1608 is built to the same exacting API build standards as the Vision consoles, Legacy consoles and modular products.
- Headroom is +28dBU
- 16 channels mic/line
- 500 series slot per channel (8 spare, can be normalled to FX return or patchable)
- 16x 312 vintage style mic pre’s (as in 3124+)
- 4x 560 graphic and 12x 550a included (can be ordered short loaded or available as frame with no EQ)
- 24 line return at stereo mix Access to stereo line in at mix
- Discrete classic 2520 opamp design
- Legacy type logic throughout
- 8 buss
- 8 aux
- 8 FX return
- 5.1 monitoring
- 3 position speaker selector(dim, dim volume, mute, mono)
- Inserts on all input channels and mix buss
- Direct line inputs per channel like 512/3124+
- API Vision automation is optional and ships spring 08’
- 16-channel expander (up to 32 channel total, links via Elco multipin)
- Can order as empty frame or partially loaded with any combo of 500 series modules (call or email for custom quote)
- Dimensions: 38” wide x 34” deep x 18” high at meters
- Built like a tank
What’s balanced, what’s unbalanced, and what has transformers:
- Line in: active balanced discrete API 2520 amplifier
- Pre-amp out transformer balanced
- EQ in is EQ dependant (the 1608 motherboards are setup to accept a 2510 balancing amp card which is NOT stock, as you would only want them if your eq is unbalanced in): 560 is balanced, 550a is unbalanced, 550b is unbalanced.
- EQ out: transformer balanced
- Insert return: active balanced discrete API 2510 amplifier
- Direct out: transformer balanced
- Multi Bus Outs: transformer balanced
- Multi Bus to PGM Bus assign: Passive resistor balanced assign
- PGM summing amp outs: transformer balanced
- PGM Insert returns: active balanced discrete API 2510 amplifier
- PGM Outs: Transformer balanced
- Echo Sends: transformer balanced
- Echo Returns: active balanced discrete API 2510 amplifier
- CR outs: Transformer balanced
- Oscillator out: active balanced output
Has the summing design changed? If so, why?
The old 1604/2488 summing buses were not balanced, and therefore much noisier than the New 1608, so it's not the same as the old consoles, it's tons better (it's certainly not cheaper, it's more expensive, but it's the right thing to do...). The 1608 uses discrete 2520's and transformers for the summing amplifiers, just like all the old API's do, but with balanced summing buses.
The standard fit of a 1608 Console is:
- 16 548B inputs with mic/line and direct output
- 12 550A equalizers
- 4 560 equalizers
- 8 echo returns
- 1 complete center
- facilities section
- 16 manual faders
- 1 stereo fader
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