2019; JESSUP, MD: Although founded in 1999, Sockit Studio in Baton Rouge, LA was flooded with over three
feet of water in August of 2016. Most of the equipment was saved, but it was
during the rebuilding process that Owner and Head Engineer Devon Kirkpatrick
took the opportunity to reimagine the studio's look, feel, and work flow. He
decided he wanted the best both worlds with an analog and digital console and
began looking at API's 1608 console.
"I've been researching analog consoles for years
and looking at vintage as well as new from all the major manufactures,"
said Kirkpatrick. "I needed a console with a solid analog front end as
well as expanded analog summing and mixing features. A lot of our clients have
digitized tracks and analog summing would allow them another choice of
production styles. The API 1608-II was the only logical choice."
Kirkpatrick added, "Expandable, 100% analog, fantastic pre
amps, and top-of-the-line summing and mixing options were all things that were
missing before we got our 1608-II. The console is definitely designed for a
high end hybrid work flow and has excellent signal flow options. The sound, in
a word, is fantastic. Every client has heard a difference between just playing
a two track song through the API vs. the digital console. The head room is
enormous and the transient response is phenomenal. The analog saturation value
when mixing through the 1608-II is a full factor level of wow; now it sounds
like a record."
ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES INC.)
Established 50 years ago, Automated
Processes Inc. is the world leader in analog recording gear, and features the
Vision, Legacy AXS, 2448, 1608-II, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as
its legendary line of analog signal processing equipment.