New API 1608 for Buffalo’s Soundscape studio

Soundscape Studio in Buffalo, New York, has upgraded its equipment offering with an API 1608 console with expander.

Veteran composer, engineer and the studio’s owner, James Calabrese (pictured), now sees the 32-channel desk – purchased from API rep Vintage King of Detroit – as the facility’s most prized piece of gear.

“There really wasn’t any other choice,” he said. “I’m still only at the beginning of my knowledge of the 1608; still learning the center section, love the sound, love the build quality and I’m looking forward to some larger tracking sessions in the next few months. I liked the fact that API was going to be around a while. I wanted a desk that I’d probably keep the rest of my career.”

His studio is also equipped with other API products, such as the 3124 four-channel mic pre, a 500V rack, four 550 EQs, as well as two 525 compressors – now in the console.

James started off as a composer, and has worked with artists like Ray Charles, the Goo Goo Dolls and Pointer SIsters. He also co-wrote the track Where You Are on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum second album, Whitney.

Lately, he has completed sessions on his new 1608 with pianist arranger transcriber Krista Seddon, remixed a tune for LA-based guitarist Michael Campagna for a Varese Sarabande library, and has also mixed an Old Navy commercial.

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