Japan’s first API Legacy AXS heads to new Tanta Studio

The first API Legacy AXS console for Japan is to be installed at Tokyo’s newest recording facility, Tanta.

Studio A will house a 48 channel fully-fitted Legacy AXS console – first launched at AES 2016 – while studio B will utilise a 32 channel automated 1608 console, both of which will be delivered in early 2018 with an opening shortly after.

The sale is being handled by API’s exclusive Japan distributor Mix Wave, headed by Mr. Hiro Saika.

The Tanta studio – located in the Shibuya area close to Japan’s national public broadcasting organization NHK – has been in planning and construction for over three years. The building is seven stories high, with spaces for rehearsal and performance, high end dining and parking, and more.

The Legacy AXS console’s frames range from 32 to 80 channels, with each channel offering dual input capability and access to two API 200 Series module slots.

One key aspect of the design is a return to the traditional 1.5in module width standard, which allows for the use of API 500 Series equalizers on a per-channel basis. The console also features a complete centre section that includes six automated stereo echo returns with motorised faders, 5.1 surround monitoring and a built-in 2500C stereo bus compressor, along with onboard or remote patch bay facilities to complete the system.

“Following the successful placement of two 64 channel API Vision consoles at NHK in Shibuya, Tokyo, we’re excited for the opportunity of placing two additional API Consoles in the first new ‘from the ground up’ studio built in Japan in many years,” said Dan Zimbelman, API director of sales. “Tanta’s Studio A with the first Legacy AXS console delivered to Japan, as well as the 32 Channel 1608 for Studio B, is going to give the music scene in Japan a new, exciting alternative for super high quality audio recording."