Australian institute switches to API’s 1608 console

When the Box Hill Institute’s Centre for Creative Industries console needed replacing, the team looked no further than the API 1608.

The 32-channel desk can be found in Studio R of the Institute’s Whitehorse campus in Melbourne, Australia. Here, students use the console to earn degrees in Applied Music, on audio production courses that teach both analogue and digital recording techniques.

Adam Quaife, former freelance engineer and producer, who is now a lecturer in audio production, heard of API in past professional experiences with other respected engineers and producers. “We searched for a new console that would give our students the very best experience of what analogue audio could offer.” he said. The obvious choice was the API 1608.

The system was chosen for its quality of sound, level of control and solid build. “We are very happy with our choice of an API 1608. The sound of the console and the 550A EQ is awesome. The whole thing feels and functions like a high-quality studio instrument,” Quaife added.

The department also uses other API products, such as the 2500 stereo bus compressor, 5500 dual equaliser and the A2D mic pre amplifier.

“Box Hill institute has long been regarded as a great institution to study creative arts, audio production and music,” Quaife concluded. “Our students immediately appreciate the flexibility and quality of sound that this console brings to their productions.”

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