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API 1608 32-Channel Console - Loaded – No Longer Available

Loaded 16-channel console base unit with loaded 16-channel expander
MFR# 1608 32 Channel Console - Loaded

Product Description

API has rightfully earned its place in the music history books, not to mention the hearts of all kinds of engineers. And this stalwart sixteen-channel console, the 1608, deserves its spot in API's legendary lineage. Here, you get the premium analog circuitry and unmistakable mojo of a straight-from-the-'60s API console. But, more than that, the 1608 offers up 500 Series compatibility to seamlessly integrate into your existing setup, anchoring front end duties while remaining customizable to suit your evolving style and workflows. Although there are upgrade options, such as fully loaded 500 Series slots and DAW automation, there is nothing "base" about the API 1608 base model. If you're wanting to tap into historic API sound and make a significant sonic and long-term monetary investment in your studio, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better console than the API 1608.


  • Discrete circuitry, smart layout, classic analog sound
  • Optional "loaded" with API modules or your favorite 500 Series gear
  • Simply a smart investment



Discrete circuitry, smart layout, classic analog sound


When you reach for an API, there's a reason, and the 1608 delivers every bit of that sonic integrity and build quality you've come to expect. Indeed, API built the 1608 to the same exacting build standards as their iconic Vision and Legacy consoles. Decked out with API's premium discrete circuitry and a comfortable working layout, complete with 5.1 center section monitoring and analog metering, you'll feel right at home behind the API 1608.


Optional "loaded" with API modules or your favorite 500 Series gear


Thanks to sixteen 500 Series slots, the API 1608 is compatible with VPR Alliance 500 Series gear, so you can seamlessly bring your favorite modules into your workflow. This means the API 1608 can easily transition from a first-class input console to a premium mastering workstation, offering value to the busy studio's varying and evolving needs. Optional "loaded" models are available, decked out with API's iconic 548B microphone preamps and 550A EQs at a special bundle price. We can also work with you to mix-and-match your choice of 500 Series gear, turning your API 1608 into the customized console you've always wanted.




Simply a smart investment


Choose the API 1608 for all the reasons we've already mentioned. It really is a stellar piece of gear and has earned its spot in studios of all sizes (and among top-pedigree engineers). But, if you need one more reason to go 1608, it's got to be the investment factor. This piece of gear has a reputation for holding its value. Use it and love it in the now and know that you're investing in the look, feel, and sound of your studio space, plus growing your studio's assets column. It's an outright win for everyone.


Try before you buy


Live near Los Angeles or Nashville? Stop on by one of our store locations and try out the API 1608 for yourself! Make an appointment today by visiting Vintage King Los Angeles or Vintage King Nashville.


API 1608 Features:

  • Sixteen-channel analog console with DAW automation
  • Sixteen 500 Series slots compatible with VPR Alliance modules
  • Eight main buses, eight aux buses, eight echo returns
  • One stereo bus
  • Full center section control
  • Analog metering and 5.1 center section monitoring
  • Comprehensive rear patch connections




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Shopping for a recording console can be an intimidating process. You can spend countless hours online searching for answers only to end up with more questions than when you started. That's why we’ve created our one-of-a-kind shopping experience to help you purchase the console that is exactly right for you and your studio.

Finding the perfect console means being connected, and for over 20 years, we’ve been one of the biggest players in the worldwide audio marketplace. We’ve helped thousands of customers complete the console buying process, while also helping to facilitate brokered sales, gear trade-ins and purchasing classic desks for refurbishment.

Each of our premium serviced consoles has passed through a rigorous multi-point inspection and meticulous testing to ensure the result is a world-class restoration. Upon completion, your console will be expertly crated and shipped to your studio, where our highly skilled technical experts can lead a worry-free integration.

No matter whether you’re interested in a vintage piece or the latest releases, our team of experts can answer even the toughest questions. From servicing and shipping consoles to creating custom furniture, patch bays and turnkey packages, we’ve been involved in every aspect of the industry. We work tirelessly to provide the best selection, service and support anywhere to help our customers find the console of their dreams. Want to see what we can do for you? Talk to one of our console experts by calling 888.653.1184 or you can email us.

Product Specifications

Condition New
Analog or Digital Analog
Channels 32-Channel
Automation Included No

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