Charleston, SC (August 5, 2013)-Charleston Sound recently attracted country superstar Darius Rucker, "American Idol" contender Elise Testone and R&B singer/songwriter Ashanti to lay down some tracks, including Ashanti's "Never Should Have" and Rucker's "True Believers," using its API 1608 console.
Four years ago, Charleston Sound purchased a 32-channel 1608 analog console with API's P-mix automation and additional custom 500-Series expansion slots. "The 1608 has been great," said Jeff Hodges, chief engineer and owner of Charleston Sound. "We have a ton of API 550A and 550b equalizers, and they sound fantastic. The 1608 is also tremendously practical. Its bus architecture is easy to use and flexible, as is the patching. We have, to my knowledge, the only 1608 with 16 additional 500-Series expansion slots [beyond the 16 slots afforded by a stock 32-channel 1608]. We've loaded those slots up with API modules and a huge range of third-party processors. And there's still some room to spare."
Charleston Sound was the first studio to have automation installed on its 1608. "We love API's P-mix automation. We rarely do anything in Pro Tools these days," said Hodges. "It's so much more intuitive and inspiring to do the fader moves right there on the analog board. It's actually fun."