5th May 2017
5th May 2017
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The API 1608 is a high-quality, well-appointed 16 channel analogue recording and mixing console, with 5.1 monitoring.

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The API 1608 is a high-quality, well-appointed 16 channel analogue recording and mixing console, with 5.1 monitoring.


Equipped with the fabulous 550A EQs, the API 1608 is a compact recording and mixing mixing console that functions at the highest level – as you’d expect from API. Packed with features, the 1608 console is still able to operate within a small studio environment, yet additional expander modules can take your input count as high as 48 channels. It can even take other 500 Series EQs – a very useful and flexible feature for such a small desk.


Still using the discrete circuits that have worked so well since the company started, as Automated Processes Inc in the Sixties, the API 1608 is equipped with fully-balanced Ins and Outs offering clean, quiet operation, 548B pre-amps and 550A EQs as standard and with 100mm ALPS faders to glide the signal onward. All the channel functions to the faders are well lighted allowing you to retain signal routing information at a glance.


A well-equipped master section on the API 1608 includes 5.1 monitoring as well as all the master controllers and FX returns. You can also set monitor paths for up to three different pairs of speakers. Although the API 1608 is a manually-operated analogue desk, fader automation can be added later to take advantage of your DAW capabilities.


Following the high standards set by the other API products such as the Vision and Legacy desks, the 1608 console is robustly designed on a solid aluminium frame. The API 1608 has everything you need – great build, undeniable heritage and the progressive philosophy that makes API a top player to this day – but best of all the API 1608 has the API Sound and that you will have to hear to appreciate.


API 1608 Overview:



    • 16 Input Channels each with Mic Pre and Equalizer


    • Accepts API 500 Series Equalizers


    • 8 Main Buses


    • 8 Auxiliary Buses


    • 1 Stereo Bus


    • 8 Echo Returns with main and stereo bus assign


    • Full Center Section Control


    • Analogue Metering


    • 5.1 Center Section Monitoring


    • Comprehensive Rear Patch Connections



The console can be configured with any 500 series modules, including removing the 550As and 560s as supplied as standard. Please contact us for custom configurations.