Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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Based on API’s vintage 1604 console, the all-discrete 1608 small-topology analog console ($89,800 for 32-channel console; $49,900 for 16-channel console) features 16 input channels with mic pre, 12 550A equalizers, four 560 equalizers, eight echo returns, a complete center facilities section, 16 manual faders and one stereo fader.

The Vision (pricing by quotation) all-discrete surround mixing and recording console features comprehensive central facilities, as well as simultaneous surround and stereo assign and panning on each fader. Said to be the only analog console designed from the ground up for surround work, the API Vision offers resettable switch automation and bus assign, a dedicated 5.1 mix bus and API’s Vision Automation with two 100mm motorized faders on each channel.

The Legacy Plus (pricing by quotation) console features 24 main buses, 12 auxes, three stereo buses and dual faders on each input. With a selection of three different API equalizers, 212 mic pre’s and 200 Series dynamics modules, this all-discrete analog console is custom built to order from 16 to 96 channels. API’s Vision automation may be fitted as one of many options.

Audient ASP8024

Audient ASP8024

Designed by David Dearden, Audient’s ASP8024 (from $32,000 for a 24-channel with Dual Layer Control) combines the company's analog circuitry with DAW control and automation, providing a centerpiece for production studios and education facilities. Each input channel features Audient’s Class-A preamp and 4-band EQ. The console features 24-bus routing, 12 auxes, two dedicated cue sends, four stereo returns, stereo bus compressor and a comprehensive monitor section.

Avid S5 Fusion

Avid S5 Fusion

The Avid S5 Fusion (call for price quote) offers a dedicated DSP engine that is expandable up to 116 channels and complete EUCON Hybrid control, allowing for deep tactile control up to five different DAWs, as well as the console’s own DSP channels, all at once. The S5 Fusion control surface is customizable from eight to 56 channel strips. Each channel strip includes a multiformat, motorized fader, as well as eight touch-sensitive knobs for EQ, filter, compressor, expander/gate, aux sends and pan control that can also control DAW functions, including adjusting TDM, VST and AU plug-in parameters. High-resolution TFT displays offer instant visual feedback on metering, track info, routing, EQ, dynamics and more. The S5 Fusion also offers 256 channels of MADI connectivity (expandable to 512), SnapShot Recall, customizable layouts, Total Automation, user-definable Spill zones and mixing in up to 7.1 surround with twin joysticks and up to 26 analog outputs.

The 24-channel C|24 ($9,995 MSRP) provides hands-on control of Pro Tools mixing, recording and editing, with high-quality analog inputs and a 5.1 analog monitor section with trimable inputs and outputs for use with Pro Tools I/O. C|24 features 24 bankable channel strips, each with a touch-sensitive, motorized fader and dedicated mute, solo, select, input, record, EQ, dynamics, insert, send and automation buttons. A 6-character dual-row LED scribble strip displays channel names, plug-in parameters, sends, panning and other editing functions. It offers 24 high-quality rotary encoders with LED rings; 16 mic/line/DI preamps with highpass filters; variable input gain for direct mic, instrument and line-level connections (via DB-25) for recording through an Avid audio interface; an 8-channel stereo line submixer, which can be routed directly to the monitor section; and built-in talkback mic and inputs for remote talkback and listen-back. Its external power supply allows for a more streamlined console design.

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