API 1608-II 48-Channel Recording and Mixing Console with Automation

48-channel analog console building upon the rich legacy of the 1608 with new valuable features - includes Final Touch automation, and preamps/EQ loaded into each channel
API 1608-II 48-Channel Recording and Mixing Console with Automation
API 1608-II 48-Channel Recording and Mixing Console with Automation API 1608-II 48-Channel Recording and Mixing Console with Automation API 1608-II 48-Channel Recording and Mixing Console with Automation
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API 1608-II Module Reference Chart

Please note: The above chart is for reference only and may not reflect the modules included with this specific configuration.

API remains at the leading edge of small format analog 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 analog project studio, API has brought out its latest iteration, the Mk II. The 1608-II is a fully analog board that merges a wealth of modern features with the rich history of API console design in the classic 1604 model. All analog, all day long – enter a realm that API knows like no other.

The API 1608-II features a single audio path design, perfect for analog 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 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 equipped with 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 analog 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 color 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!

Final Touch Motorized Automation System

Final Touch is a moving-fader and switch automation system upgrade for the 1608. Final Touch is a cross-platform system that provides moving faders and automated Mute or Insert for all Channels, Stereo Returns and the Program Master, as well as 2 automated Control Group Masters, and MIDI and SMPTE timecode synchronization. A built-in computer and touchscreen provide the interface, and no external computer is required.

  • Reliable, self-contained system requiring no external computer
  • Individual Switch Control on each fader
  • Global Control Panel in the sole Center Section
  • Hi-resolution 7.5" touchscreen control
  • Files are easily saved to standard SD memory cards
  • Automated Mute and Solo 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


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

Please Note: pictured with optional FinalTouch Motorized Automation System


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