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Yamaha AW1600 16-Track Hard Disk Recorder

16-bit or 24-bit audio at 44.1 or 48kHz. 8 virtual tracks per physical track. Built-in CD-RW drive. (104) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Yamaha's groundbreaking AW16G and AW4416 digital audio workstations not only brought the "studio in a box" concept directly to musicians -- they also provided immediate access to inspiration and creativity. That legacy continues with the introduction of the AW1600 and AW2400 workstations. The AW1600 and AW2400 have everything needed to record your music anytime, anywhere in compact, road-worthy designs. The AW1600 adds many features to the award-winning AW16G while maintaining the same affordability. These new features include 8 combo inputs (all with Phantom power), USB 2.0 drag and drop capabilities for moving files onto your computer, 24-bit recording and a new Pitch Fix algorithm for correcting the pitch of vocal tracks.

The Mobile Musicians Recording Studio
If youre a musician on the move - or with limited "studio" space - youll want maximum audio workstation performance and functionality with minimum size, weight, and setup hassles. The AW1600 proves extraordinary music production power in a remarkably compact, all-in-one unit that can take you all the way from inspiration to finished CD.

Features:
8-input/16-track system records top-quality uncompressed 16-bit or 24-bit audio at 44.1 or 48 kHz (8 tracks when recording 24-bit audio)

8 virtual tracks per physical track (18 x 8 in 16-bit mode) provide plenty of capacity for alternate takes

Substantial 40-gigabyte high-speed 3.5 in. hard disk provides plenty of internal storage as well as fast, reliable recording and playback performance

Built-in CD-RW drive lets you burn original audio CDs that can be played on any standard CD player, as well as make reliable CD data backups

High-performance 24-bit A/D and D/A converters guarantee outstanding audio quality

4-band EQ and versatile dynamics processing on all mixer inputs and recorder tracks

8 combo XLR/TRS microphone/line inputs, with switchable phantom power for all connectors

Hi-Z mono phone jack on input 8 for direct guitar input

Quick loop sampler with preset rhythm phrases

Sound Clip function makes it simple to record short audio samples or memos

2 high-performance assignable effect processors provide a range of ambience, modulation, mastering, and even guitar effects

Pitch Fix function allows precise vocal pitch correction

USB 2.0 interface provides fast data transfer between the AW1600 and a computer for effective data management

Data compatibility with the Yamaha AW4416, AW2816, and AW16G audio workstations

Up To 8 Inputs, 16 Tracks
The AW1600 mixer supports up to 8 simultaneous inputs. Eight balanced mic/line XLR type connectors as well as eight balanced or unbalanced TRS phone jacks are provided in "combo connectors" on the rear panel for direct input. You can even record 8 tracks simultaneously for convenient one-take ensemble recording. AW1600 Simultaneous Record

For 16-bit recording and playback the AW1600 recorder section offers a total of 16 tracks, or 8 tracks for 24-bit recording and playback. You also have 8 virtual tracks per physical track - thats 18 (16 + stereo) x 8 in 16-bit mode or 10 (8 + stereo) x 8 in 24-bit mode) - that provide plenty of capacity for alternate takes or arrangements. Any of the mixers inputs can be easily patched to any of the recorders tracks for maximum recording flexibility.

Acclaimed Yamaha Effects for Recording, Mixing and Mastering
You'll find Yamaha digital signal processing gear in most of the best studios around the world, and you'll find it in the AW1600. Theres no need for external effects processors when you have a stunning range of top-class effects built right in! In fact there are two independent effect processors with corresponding sends and returns so youll have enough processing power on hand for just about any situation. In addition to a large selection of reverb, delay, modulation, and pitch type effects, the AW1600 include an outstanding range of effects designed specifically for instruments and vocals. There are amp-simulator based guitar effects complete with speaker simulation that let you get great guitar sound without having to actually mic a guitar amplifier. Acoustic guitar hasnt been forgotten, either. You also have effects designed specifically to give you superior bass and vocal sound by simply recalling and tweaking the appropriate preset.

The AW2400 also includes a range of Mastering Effects that provide compression and limiting presets that can help to bring the sound of your overall mix up to professional level prior to burning your tracks to CD.

The Mobile 4-Band EQ & Dynamics On Every Input & Track
Even with the advanced functionality of todays integrated audio workstations, compression and gating facilities on every channel is still somewhat of a luxury. Even channel EQ tends to be rather limited in some cases. The AW1600 makes no compromises when it comes to equalization or dynamics processing: in addition to extremely versatile 4-band equalization, you have independent compression and gating capability on every single input channel and recorder track for total dynamics control over your mixes.

Easy-to-Use Interface with Yamaha Selected Channel Concept
A thoughtful interface built around a 240 x 64 dot backlit LCD display panel makes recording and mixing with the AW1600 a smooth, efficient operation. Quick navigation keys take you to the functions and displays you need immediately, and a comprehensive complement of control keys and encoders gives you the immediacy of hands-on control where you need it most. The same Selected Channel concept that is at heart of Yamahas industryleading digital live mixers and production consoles makes the AW1600 easy to learn and intuitive to use. The interface also includes large transport keys for sure transport operation, and a data entry section that includes a jog/data dial for fast, efficient data entry.

From Song to CD In One Unit
A thoughtful interface built around a 240 x 64 dot backlit LCD display panel makes recording and mixing with the AW1600 a smooth, efficient operation. Quick navigation keys take you to the functions and displays you need immediately, and a comprehensive complement of control keys and encoders gives you the immediacy of hands-on control where you need it most. The same Selected Channel concept that is at heart of Yamahas industryleading digital live mixers and production consoles makes the AW1600 easy to learn and intuitive to use. The interface also includes large transport keys for sure transport operation, and a data entry section that includes a jog/data dial for fast, efficient data entry.

Pitch Fix for Pitch-perfect Vocal Tracks
If a song has vocals, the vocals are the song. Youll undoubtedly want the vocal track to sound as good as it can possibly be. The AW1600 Pitch Fix function means that the occasional off note wont mean youll have to discard an otherwise excellent track. Pitch Fix can effectively "repair" notes that are a bit sharp or flat without adding any telltale digital artifacts.

Quick Loop Sampler
The AW1600 has a built-in pad-type sampler that delivers the same high audio quality as the recorder section. You can assign sixteen stereo waveforms to the four pads using the sample banks, or load audio tracks from the hard disk or WAV files from a CD-ROM. The timing at which each pad is played can be recorded on a dedicated "pad SAMPLE - LIBRARY track," and later edited for fine control. The AW1600 comes with a library of over 250 SAMPLE - SET UP megabytes of prerecorded drum phrases and sound effects that can be assigned to pads - a fast, easy way to create rhythm and backing tracks for practice or as a basis for original arrangements.

The Quick Loop Sampler also features an improved grid-record interface for fast, easy step recording.

Quick Sound Clips
Whenever musical inspiration strikes you can quickly record musical "memos" or samples for later use using the AW1600 Sound Clip function. Sound clips are an ideal way to quickly capture ideas for a song or arrangement, or to create simple accompaniment parts for practice.

The Computer Connection
Standard WAV files can be rapidly and reliably transferred back and forth between the AW1600 and a USB-equipped personal computer using the AW1600s fast USB 2.0 interface. You can back up audio data from the AW1600 directly to computer and import audio files into the AW1600 from the computer. In addition to the advanced file management capabilities that this provides you could, for example, move files to the computer for processing in a computer-based audio application and then move them back to the AW1600 for final mastering.

Versatile I/O
Standard WAV files can be rapidly and reliably transferred back and forth between the AW1600 and a USB-equipped personal computer using the AW1600s fast USB 2.0 interface. You can back up audio data from the AW1600 directly to computer and import audio files into the AW1600 from the computer. In addition to the advanced file management capabilities that this provides you could, for example, move files to the computer for processing in a computer-based audio application and then move them back to the AW1600 for final mastering.

AW1600 Input Connectors
Switchable phantom power is provided for the XLR inputs so you can use studio-grade phantom-powered condenser microphones in order to capture superior sound right from the source. A Hi-Z mono phone plug input lets guitarists plug directly into the AW1600 in order to record directly via the superb amp simulator effects provided. Direct digital stereo input and output capability is provided via coaxial S/P DIF input and output connectors. Independent monitor and phones output are also provided in addition to the main stereo outs.

Scene Memory
With the AW1600 you can easily set up multiple mixes for each song and recall them as required. Up to 99 "scenes" containing all mix, effect, and other parameters for all channels can be stored for each song. Stored scenes can be recalled at any time via the panel controls or MIDI program change commands.

MIDI Remote Control
The AW1600 integrates easily with MIDI gear, too. It allows full parameter control via MIDI commands, so you can record scene changes as well as control changes from the AW1600 to a MIDI sequencer, for example, and then reproduce the recorded operations precisely when the sequence is played back. If youll be using the AW1600 with MIDI gear such as a Yamaha MOTIF ES series synthesizer, the AW1600 includes a number of control "templates" that instantly set it up for convenient remote controls from the synthesizers keys and encoders.

Streamlined AW1600 System
The AW1600 is designed for ease and portability. And since it features eight XLR/TRS combo inputs you can connect multiple microphone and instrument sources to handle a wide variety of recording situations. Theres even a Hi-Z input for direct input of a guitar or bass. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Yamaha products.
Internal Processing: 32-bit

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz (-6% ~ +6%)

Frequency Response: 0, +1 / -3 dB, 20Hz - 20kHz, ref to the nominal output level @1kHz (MIC / LINE INPUT - STEREO / AUX OUT, GAIN min)

Total Harmonic Distortion Fs = 44.1kHz * Total Harmonic Distortion is measured with 20kHz LPF: Less than 0.03% @1kHz / -10dBV (MIC / LINE INPUT - STEREO / AUX OUT, GAIN min)

Dynamic Range * Dynamic range is measured with IHF-A filter :
109 dB typ. DA Converter (STEREO / AUX OUT),
103 dB min. DA Converter (STEREO / AUX OUT), (INPUT CH all off)
103 dB typ. AD+DA (MIC / LINE INPUT to STEREO / AUX OUT)
97 dB min. AD+DA (MIC / LINE INPUT to STEREO / AUX OUT), (GAIN min)

Crosstalk@1kHz: -70 dB

Phantom Voltage: 48V

AD Converter: 24-Bit Linear / 64 Times Oversampling

DA Converter: 24-Bit Linear / 128 Times Oversampling

MIDI: MTC (Master / Slave), MIDI Clock (Master), MMC (Master / Slave), Program Change, Control Change

Memory: Scene Memory, EQ Library, Dynamics Library, Effect Library

Fader: 13 x 60mm

Display: 240 x 64 dot GRAPHIC LCD (contrast control pot.)

AC Adaptor: PA-300

Dimensions (W x D x H) : mm 455 x 349 x 107

Net Weight: 6.2kg

Operating Temperature: 5~35 degrees C
Yamaha Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011
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Sound: The overall sound is clean and bright, much like the samples coming out of their motif synth line. I never used a Roland MTR before, but the Roland MV8000 (which is Rolands MTR with a sampler and sequencer thrown in), has a compressed sound. The sound is very low-end. Good for hiphop drums and basslines. Bad for samples. The yamaha sound cant be touched. Be careful that the source signal is not cranking out too high or else it will sound distorted. Feature: Compact, and packed with features. The mobility of this unit makes it very sexxy. The effects are good for what it does. Ease of Use: if you ever dealt with yamaha, you should know they evolve around obscurity. That is not the case with this machine. The manual is very basic and details everything with numbers that correlate to what your looking at. The only thing that sux about the machine is the display. It will be a bit discouraging at first, but stick with it for a couple of hours and everything will make sense. Quality: Built tough. I thought my headphone outputs were shot. But after reading the manual, i found that I had mistakenly adjusted the pan controls. This machine is awesome... Value: High value. I will keep this machine for a long time. I was gonna purchase the rain recording rackmount computer to cover my tracking needs, but since its been on back order for so long, I opted for this baby, and have no intentions on purchasing that $2,000 computer Manufacturer Support: havent had to use them yet The Wow Factor: Its color, durability, features, size and sound makes this a sexy beast. I create all my beats at home, track it out to the aw1600, then take the 1600 to work or the bathroom and tweak away. This is also a great machine for those wanting to learn the basics of engineering. Just put on your headphones and get busy. Overall: overall, a great machine. Just because of the small size dont think there will be a compromise in sound. The sound is bright and clean. Think of the motif synths. Thats how this sounds. the only dislikes i have about the machine is the small size of the screen and the lack of ADAT.
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Sound: how can 26 people say its 6.6 ? This is an amazing box period. Feature: Its feature laden. C'mon guys for a grand? 10 years ago this box would have cost well over 6 grand. Quality: well built for the money. Overall: theres enough in here to keep you busy fora long while
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