CSI Composer Installs API 1608

Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2008)--Composer John Keane, who has been recording the music for the hit CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, since it first aired in 2000, has installed a new API 1608 small-frame console in his personal studio.
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Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2008)--Composer John Keane, who has been recording the music for the hit CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, since it first aired in 2000, has installed a new API 1608 small-frame console in his personal studio.

Because he's so busy and is required to produce such a high volume of output, Keane leaves all of his instruments up and miked in his personal studio. Although he had an analog console to bring his inputs into Pro Tools, he was less than satisfied with its sound. Moreover, he was reluctant to replace the console with a collection of outboard gear. "I've always been a console guy. I want something that's centrally located. I want my hands on faders. I'm much more productive with a console," he said.

"I love the flexibility of being able to move modules around and being able to add 500 Series modules from other manufacturers," Keane continued. "No other console that I know of allows for such different flavors while keeping everything tidy inside the console. Moreover, it seems that a lot of other manufacturers are moving to the 500 Series platform." To complement its "API sound," Keane has added 500 Series modules from Purple Audio and Shadow Hills to the 1608.

With the 1608 as the centerpiece of his newly-renovated studio, Keane began to slot modules for drums to craft a truly awesome input that would be "up" at all times. Then he miked and tweaked his Yamaha C7. "The technical aspect of things is totally taken care of now," he said. "I don't have to worry about mics or compression or anything. I just make music. It's satisfying and inspiring to go out and play something and have it sound so great in the headphones and during playback. That alone boosts the quality and volume of the music I'm creating."

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