API 1608 16-Channel Console w/ expander (Used)

API 16 channel console with expander
API 1608 16-Channel Console w/ expander (Used)
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Well maintained example of this console owned by Ziggy Marley. Includes expander and loaded with 12 x Api 550a, 12 x 550b and 8 x 560 EQs!

The API 1608 is used in professional and project studios the world over, including Blackbird Studios in Nashville (who purchased the first one), and over a hundred others; from larger studios like Telefunken USA, Signature Sound, University of Michigan, and WAX Ltd ... to smaller project studios like Dan Auerbach's Akron Analog and Steve Miller's home studio. What these venues all have in common is a desire for simplicity, flexibility, reliability, and analog warmth, and they all get it with their API rig.

Numerous albums have been made on a 1608, including the Foo Fighters l#1 record "Wasting Light" -- tracked and mixed in Dave Grohl's garage on an API 1608.

Building on API's rich heritage of extremely high quality recording consoles, we introduce the Model 1608, a full featured small format recording console based on the vintage API 1604 console, which has held its demand and value for over three decades.

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 our Vision consoles, Legacy consoles, and modular products.

  • Headroom is +28dBU
  • 32 channels mic/line
  • 500 Series slot per channel (8 spare, can be normalled to FX return or patchable)
  • 32x 312 vintage style mic pre’s (as in 3124+)
  • 4x 560 graphic and 12x 550a included
  • 24 line return at stereo mix
  • Access to stereo line in at mix
  • Discrete classic 2520 op-amp 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+
  • Built like a tank

Question 1: Can you describe 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 dependent (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

Question 2: Has the summing design changed? If so, why?

Answer: The old 1604/2488 summing busses 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

Technical Details

Cosmetic Condition Rating
List of Cosmetic Flaws
Some ink marks on metal of bolster from scribble strip labeling. Automation bank 2 (fader 9-16) has slightly different color than the rest (from manufacturer). 1 x 500 series blank plate has some scratching.
Working Order Rating
List of Major Working Faults
None known.
Transformer Balanced Direct Outs
Lines in at Mix


Model Number and Quantity of Mic Pre/EQs
12 550B, 12 550A, 8 560.
Model Number and Quantity of Compressors
Phantom Power
Automation Brand
Number of Speaker Selectors


Patchbay Brand and Type
Ghielmetti CSF 1x48 AV light
Patchbay Quantity
Patchbay Location
Brand & Type of Furniture
Sterling Modular
Producer's Desk


Original Manual
Complete Manual

Additional Information

Condition Used / Vintage
Channels 16-Channel

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