Yamaha AW1600 - 16-Track Hard Disk Desktop Workstation

Yamaha AW1600 - 16-Track Hard Disk Desktop Recorder Workstation

Yamaha AW1600 - 16-Track Hard Disk Desktop Recorder Workstation

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Yamaha AW1600 - 16-Track Hard Disk Desktop Workstation


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The Yamaha AW1600 is 16-track desktop hard disk workstation recorder. The small-footprint, modestly priced unit is crammed with useful features, including 16- and 24-bit recording resolution, built-in 48V phantom power on the 8 XLR/1/4" Combo inputs, full EQ, dynamics and effects processing, and an on-board sampler.

The AW1600 records to a fast internal 3.5" 40GB hard disk, and the built-in CD-R/RW offers Master CD burning capabilities along with data backup functionality. The mixer section features 13 smooth 45mm faders, full-featured editing, and a large backlit LCD display. The built-in USB port allows for seamless file transfer to an external computer for further backup and editing purposes, and the recorder offers full WAV file support.

The AW1600 is a welcome addition to the personal production market, offering a value-laden, low-cost alternative for songwriters, bands and event or corporate videography post production facilities.

8-input, 16-track desktop workstation recorder with uncompressed 16-bit or 24-bit/44.1 resolution( 8-track record and playback at 24-bit res.) and 40GB high-speed internal disk drive
24-bit A/D and D/A conversion, 32-bit internal processing
8 virtual tracks per physical track (18 x 8 in 16-bit mode)
8 combo XLR/14" inputs with switchable 48V phantom power, Hi-Z mono phone jack on input 8 for direct guitar or bass instrument input
Built-in CD-R/RW drive for up to 8x Master burning or data backup, WAV file support
4-band EQ and versatile dynamics processing on all mixer inputs and recorder tracks, dual stereo ambience, multi-effects and simulator processors
Pitch Fix function for precise vocal pitch correction
Quick loop sampler section with 4-voice polyphony, 16- or 24-bit stereo sampling, and preset rhythm phrase and pattern library; Sound Clip function for recording short audio samples or musical "memos"
USB and SPDIF digital I/O ports for data transfer to computer or direct recording to external CD, DAT or Minidisc Master recorder
In the Box
Yamaha AW1600 - 16-Track Hard Disk Desktop Recorder Workstation
  • PA-300 AC Adapter
  • CD-ROM w/USB MIDI Driver
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Type Desktop Multi-Track Workstation Recorder
    Number of Tracks 16 plus Stereo Track, 144 Virtual Tracks
    Recording Resolution 16-bit, 24-bit
    Sampling Rate 44.1 kHz
    Recording Media 40GB 3.5" IDE Hard Disk, CD-R/RW
    Max Simultaneous Recording 8 Tracks(16/24-bit)
    Max Simultaneous Playback 16 Tracks(16-bit)
    8 Tracks(24-bit)
    Recording Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    A/D Converter 24-bit Linear, 64x Oversampling
    D to A Converters 24-bit Linear, 128x Oversampling
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz(0, +1/-3 dB), ref. to the nominal output level @1kHz
    Dynamic Range 109 dB typ.(D/A Converter)
    103 dB typ.(A/D+D/A)
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.03% @1kHz/-10dBV(Fs = 44.1kHz)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Effects 2 x Multi-Effects Processors
    Display 240 x 64 dot Graphic LCD
    CD Burning Capabilities Yes
    Equalizer 4-band
    Vari Pitch Control No
    Jog/Shuttle Yes
    MIDI Yes, MTC (Master/Slave)
    MIDI Clock (Master)
    MMC (Master/Slave)
    Program Change
    Control Change
    Word Clock I/O No
    SCSI No
    Mixer 8 x Single Channel Faders
    4 x Stereo Channel Faders
    1 Stereo Master Faders
    8 x Input Channel Control Knobs
    8 x Input Select Switches
    5 x Selected Channel Parameter Control Knobs
    4 x EQ Type Select Switches
    1 x View Switch
    1 x Monitor/Phones Level Knob
    Input Connections 8 x XLR/1/4" TRS Mic/Line, Balanced
    1 x 1/4" TS Hi-Z Instrument, Unbalanced
    1 x MIDI In
    1 x Coaxial SPDIF Digital In
    1 x 1/4" Footswitch In
    Output Connectors 2 x 1/4" TS Phone Monitor L, R, Unbalanced
    2 x 1/4" TS Phone Stereo/AUX L, R, Unbalanced
    1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone
    1 x MIDI Out/Thru
    1 x USB
    Headphone Output Yes, 1/4" Stereo Phone
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.9 x 13.7 x 4.2" (455 x 349 x 107mm)
    Weight 13.7 lb (6.2 kg)
    Specialties Built-In Quick-Loop Sampler
    Pitch Fix Vocal Pitch Correction
    48V Phantom Power for all 8 XLR Inputs
    Sound Clip Phrase Recording

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