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Ethan Johns Buys First API 1608

High end audio consultancy and equipment supplier KMR Audio has sold the first 32-channel API 1608 console in the UK to record producer Ethan Johns (son of legendary producer and drummer Glyn Johns).
Ethan Johns is a record producer, engineer, mixer, musician and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Crowded House and others.
He is also the owner of indie record label 'Three Crows Music', which is home to Julianna Raye, Sarabeth Tucek and pianist/composer Dave Palmer.
The deal was concluded at an invitation-only event at the company's north London showrooms on November 18 where over 80 guests examined the new console and met API Managing Director Gordon Smart and Sales Director Dan Zimbelman who had flown in for the event.
The full specification of the Johns' purchase is:
  • 32 Channel API 1608
  • 32x548B Discrete Input Module with Mic-Pre
  • 12x550A Discrete EQ Module
  • 4x560 Discrete Graphic EQ Module
  • 8 Main Busses
  • 8 Aux Sends
  • Control Room section with 8 reverb returns
  • Master Section with echo/cue, buss trim, talkback etc...
Keith Malin of KMR said: "The 1608 is a truly remarkable console which epitomises the increasing quality and popularity of true analogue recording in the industry. However, the fact that producers of the stature of Glyn and Ethan have been so impressed with it, says more than any sales patter possibly could.
"The 1608 will be a centerpiece of many new studio builds for years to come; the classic magic sound of API, coupled with a design built for integration with DAWs and outboard is exactly what the modern music producer is looking for."

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