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Yamaha AW-1600 Audio Workstation

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The Yamaha AW1600 Audio Workstation combines an astounding number of professional features with the fidelity you expect from Yamaha. It's the ultimat...Click To Read More About This Product

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All the features you've ever wanted in a digital multitracker!

The Yamaha AW1600 Audio Workstation combines an astounding number of professional features with the fidelity you expect from Yamaha. It's the ultimate small-format recording solution. It has everything you need to record, mix, and master your songs to CD in one portable and rugged package. You can record from all 8 combo jacks at once, with 24-bit conversion, phantom power, 4-band EQ, and compression available for each track. Then you can add up to 8 virtual tracks per channel, choose 16 tracks for final mix from the various takes, pitch fix, master, and burn to CD. Or simply move the WAV files from the 40GB hard drive over to your computer for editing and mastering via the USB 2.0 output. All of this, and outstanding Yamaha quality, too.

FEATURES
  • 8 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 48V phantom power on all channels
  • 8-track simultaneous record
  • 16-track playback
  • 144 virtual tracks
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz conversion
  • Dual effects processors
  • CDRW drive
  • 40GB hard drive
  • 36-channel 02R96-based mixing engine
  • 4 bands of EQ and compression on every channel
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Pitch Fix algorithm
  • Durable metal chassis
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4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Used AW1600 for several years - experienced user here

I like software since I'm serious about this, when I was more starting out the AW1600 was a good learning platform. I learned about recording and also the mixdown process which sometime is a...Read complete review

I like software since I'm serious about this, when I was more starting out the AW1600 was a good learning platform. I learned about recording and also the mixdown process which sometime is a mystery to a lot of begginners.
Cool for begginers unless you want to go directly to software.

I have used the AW1600 for several years as my first recording unit. For the time, it served me well. The coolest thing is the attached burner, so you can go from step 1 record to last step master and burn. It has master presets so At the time I used this unit I really wasn't knowledgeable on how to use eq/compression the right way, so I used the presets which are always great for begginers. The presets would always sound better than my unexperienced ear!

I now use Pro Tools and I instantly believed that Pro Tools was a better quality, HOWEVER now thinking back on it I used to always record in 16 bit quality not 24 (44.1) like it's capable of doing. The reason was I wanted to use all 16 tracks and I could only use 8 in 24 bit. So I actually now want to go back and use my AW1600 with my more experienced ear and see how the 24 bit sounds. I record 24 bit 48kHZ in Pro Tools and the biggest difference I saw in quality was with the reverb BUT! I'm going to check it out again.
Build is a plus, solid, never had any problems with the unit.
maybe 7.5, the one thing that this thing can do over my Mbox 2 is it has 8 inputs so with that thing I can record a whole band at once, have to buy separate interface on my set up

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

low quality, very disappointing

I have the older model of this unit and it appears that not much has changed. Yamaha usually puts out much better gear than this overpriced junk, so I was very disappointed in its...Read complete review

I have the older model of this unit and it appears that not much has changed. Yamaha usually puts out much better gear than this overpriced junk, so I was very disappointed in its performance. Here is what you can expect if you waste your money on this one:1. The CD-ROM will stop working shortly after you bring it home but it will make fine drink coasters out of blank disks.2. The frequency response is very shallow in the bass so if you are expecting to record slap lines, this isn't the one for you.3. Some of the features are nice, but you can only use 2 effect patches at once! Pretty weak for an 8-track recorder.4. If they haven't done away with the useless sound clip mode, there is another waste of memory and electricity from this unit.5. Did I mention that the CD-ROM will stop working for you about the time that the warranty expires?6. there is some degradation in the real-time sound when you record. Latency is great (nearly none), but the sound quality is less than 24-bit in your monitors. Playback sounds really nice, if you can get past the recording stage.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Used AW1600 for several years - experienced user here

By Joshua Jimenez

from So. California

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I like software since I'm serious about this, when I was more starting out the AW1600 was a good learning platform. I learned about recording and also the mixdown process which sometime is a mystery to a lot of begginners.
Cool for begginers unless you want to go directly to software.

I have used the AW1600 for several years as my first recording unit. For the time, it served me well. The coolest thing is the attached burner, so you can go from step 1 record to last step master and burn. It has master presets so At the time I used this unit I really wasn't knowledgeable on how to use eq/compression the right way, so I used the presets which are always great for begginers. The presets would always sound better than my unexperienced ear!

I now use Pro Tools and I instantly believed that Pro Tools was a better quality, HOWEVER now thinking back on it I used to always record in 16 bit quality not 24 (44.1) like it's capable of doing. The reason was I wanted to use all 16 tracks and I could only use 8 in 24 bit. So I actually now want to go back and use my AW1600 with my more experienced ear and see how the 24 bit sounds. I record 24 bit 48kHZ in Pro Tools and the biggest difference I saw in quality was with the reverb BUT! I'm going to check it out again.
Build is a plus, solid, never had any problems with the unit.
maybe 7.5, the one thing that this thing can do over my Mbox 2 is it has 8 inputs so with that thing I can record a whole band at once, have to buy separate interface on my set up

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yamaha AW1600

By VVuCVXb3K

from Undisclosed

Great overall unit! I am new in recording and it has provided me with all the tools needed. I still have a lot of the features I need help learning how to use. If anyone is out there who could help me, I would be very grateful. Please email davidmapleleaf@hotmail.com if you would be willing to give me some tutorials.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use

By kdrummer

from Evans, Ga

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This is easy to use with minimal manual reading. I bought another brand of digital recorder before and still wonder how I lived through that. If you have computer mixing software and effects to supplement this, there is really nothing you can't do for the end state. The sound quality is outstanding.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing else comes close!

By MikeyNJ

from Newark, NJ.

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The Yamaha AW1600 is a thoroughly professional digital multitracker. I've owned mine over a year now and have had zero problems with it. No lock ups, no break downs, nothing. Trying saying that, Pro Tools users. The sound quality is amazing. The effects are of the SPX quality. Having a dedicated compressors and EQ on each input and track is unheard of in other machines in this price range. I've rarely had to break open the manual as this unit is very user-friendly. My only quibble is that it claims to be a 16-track, but if you count how many SOURCES you can record, it's really only a 12-track. Count the faders. I wish Yamaha would maker a version of this machine with mastering effects, such as multiband compressors, gates, limiters.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Re Tried out my AW1600 now that I know what I'm doing!

By Joshua Jimenez

from So. California

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So I used the AW1600 for years not really knowing much about production. Now that I am producing other people, I've gone back and tried out my AW1600. First I remixed one of my old recordings, using the same crappy original tracks that I recorded years ago (recorded in 16 bit) as a novice. Out of 3 songs, 2 of the recordings that i had did were just so bad that I wasn't thrilled with the final result. HOWEVER on the 3rd song the tracks that I had recorded were actually decent and when I burnt the mix to cd I was very pleased. All I was thinking (the lazy part of me) was that I didn't have to re-record this song in Pro Tools because it sounded nice and clean. Of course I would benefit re-recording the song with all the experienced I've gained but the point was the song sounds really good and I enjoy listening to that mix in my car.

I would say the best thing to me about the AW1600 is the compressor that it comes with.

The only draw back to me is the small screen. If they would of made this model somehow connect to a TV or computer screen, it would be on another level. However the track view has a zoom in feature for editing so you can make small changes.
8 inputs to record sim. - very nice
4 band EQ - and compressor on each track is very cool.
A lot in a small space, for really not being that big the AW1600 has a lot of stuff built in.
Nice sound quality.
Build is top quality.
I've had it for years and nothing on it has broken.
I think it's a high retail price, BUT I think that really in the long term it's a small price to pay for what you can get out of this work horse.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Ultimate Media

from Springhill, La.

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I've owned this unit for about two years, and most of the other reviews have done a superior job of describing the units abilities. I would like to point out that there is a fairly high learning curve with this unit, but it's certainly worth it. This unit is incredibly reliable, and I've been producing full blown radio jingles with it, and the sound is quite good. I would venture to say you could actually record an album with it.

 
5.0

This is a nice unit

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own one of these babies and the sound quality is awesome. Easy to use and the friendly yamaha family is always there to answer any questions you may have about the unit. When you get done recording your song on this work station, you can sit back and relax and say "that's me your listening to " and you'll have a CD you wil be proud of.

 
5.0

This is a nice unit

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own one of these babies and the sound quality is awsome. Easy to use and the friendly yamaha family is always there to answer any questions you may have about the unit. When you get done recording your song on this work station, you can sit back and relax and say "that's me your listening to " and you'll have a CD you wil be proud of.

 
5.0

Great multi track recorder

By Jake-lnCnB

from Georgetown, KY

For the price range the AW1600 is hard to beat. Recording 8 tracks at once was a big deal to me and the 1600 came through like a champ. I knocked off a half star on features cause it's kind of decietful to call this machine a "16 track recorder". It is acutally a 12 track (4 stereo tracks). Quality got knocked down a whole star because of the preamps. They tend to get a bit noisy when pushed hard. This is an easy fix with an external pre-amp though. All in all you'd be hard pressed to find a system with this much for the price!

 
5.0

muy bueno

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My band and I used to use a four track recorder, laying down drums, then guitar, bass, and vocals. It was a hassle to end all hassles. But with the AW 1600, and its 8 simultaneous recording tracks this problem is gone! The features are excellent for the price. The intruction manual seems daunting because of its length, but that is only because the vast capabilities of this machine are well explained and illustrated in large enough font to be legible. I took it out of the box and was recording and burning in minutes. Excellent product!

 
5.0

Awesome - period.

By Davey Bay

from Franklin, IN

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With the exception of a Korg unit that I could never afford, this is the best recorder I have ever seen. I am recording radio ready music right from my home studio. I gave it a 9 for Features because its internal reverbs and distortion effects aren't as good as you can get from a good external, but beyond that, it's perfect. It will take a LONG time to figure out all the adjustments because there are so many possibilities - Dynamics and Matering effects channel and overall EQ, etc., etc. Once you get it right, your friends will hate you because you keep shoving your finished CD's in there faces. It'll make you proud.

 
5.0

YAMAHA AW 1600

By Ric Lopez (Dickie)

from San Antonio, Texas

I recently purchased the Yamaha AW 1600 after a thorough research of products offerred by Korg, Roland, Boss, and Tascam.After reading all available literature on all products, I chose the Yamaha AW 1600. I am using the hard disk record to make Demo tapes of the band I have and to record and mix original music that I compose.The Yamaha AW 1600 is an incredible piece of equipment. I have been able to record our group out in the garage and then mix the voices in my music room...and with impressive results. I am using the Mackie SR8 powered monitor/speakers that compliment the Yamaha AW 1600 quite nicely.I also have a BBE 362 that I have not hooked up to the machine as yet...this will be the sweeter to the overall sound.Get you a good mic, such as the RODE and your voices with shine through the mix, even without a preamp.I am recording Top 4o covers, old school R&B and smooth jazz and the recordings are super.

 
4.0

Great for some.

By Ian-.1aXl

from colorado springs

I have had this unit for about 2 years never a problem, yamaha makes very good very reliable gear, this was a great step up, but I got it thinking it would be all I need for a long time, but I quicky out grew it. It's great for small novice mobile projects, but if you are doing project that require all 8 pre's you probably looking for better results than this can offer. I am not that happy with the pre's or converters.

 
5.0

Great Unit for Recording Live Gigs

By Larry Guernsey

from San Jose, CA

The nicest thing about this unit is that you can record all 8 inputs simultaneously to 8 different tracks, so I use it to record live gigs. Even better, I can run all the mics and instruments directly into the recorder, and send a stereo mix to our PA system, so I can use it as a mixing board as well. The record levels are set independently from the send levels, and each input channel can be panned in the stereo mix, or left out entirely in the case of the drums for small venues. I can record the gig live and if the mic separation is good enough, then go back and overdub mistakes in the solos or whatever, since they're on separate channels. It's great!

 
5.0

Awesome

By The Pianoman

from Nebraska

This is a great recorder that does everything you'll want to do. 16 tracks with 8 track simultanious recording will give you a lot of possibilities. It also has a lot of effects but they are scattered in a lot of places so you'll have to look around a little to find them all. The recorder is actually pretty easy to use despite what a lot of people said. I just got it a week ago and my band's already recorded three songs in about two days. I think that it's about the next best thing to a pro recording studio for a fraction of the money but it's still a little pricy.

 
5.0

worth the money

Our band needed to record an album in 2 days for a trip we were going on. It took a couple hours of playing around till we were actually recording. We didn't get to use any vocal effects or compression, and just recorded guitar and bass direct in out of a line 6 bass and guitar pod. We used a roland td-6 direct in also. Recording came out very clean, it was missing some sort of presence proffesional recordings have, but we didn't get to explore the full capabilities of the unit due to lack of time. I think next time we'll try a nice mic preamp, maybe a sonic maximizer and use an acoustic kit. For what it was though it did produce a great recording.

 
5.0

A great recording tool

By The ol' dawg on the porch-psSn3

from Tempe, Arizona

The AW1600 is a powerful tool for the money. The 200 page user manual is a little imtimidating - haven't even gotten most of it read yet. But I've managed to mix down a handful of tracks and burn them to a CD and the results were very good! The CD-RW pops out of the tray if I close it too fast, that's why I gave it a 9 for quality and overall rating. And getting things dialed in to record is a bit of a chore, but the results are worth the trouble. This thing should keep me off the street (and out of trouble) for a very long time! Heck, this unit has more features than anything the Beatles ever recorded on and look how well their careers turned out! I like it and if you're serious about recording, I think you will too!

 
5.0

Nice Solid Recorder

By Tanner B

from Dublin, VA

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All around a very nice recorder, effects are easy to add and with the mic I got for free with it and the reverb/chorus effect you can do some really nice vocal settings. If you wanna stay basic you are really buying a 12 track recorder, but 8 tracks at a time is nice! Takes alot of reading to figure this thing out but if you are looking for a solid recorder in this price range this is the one! But hey what does yamaha make that isn't good?

 
5.0

nice

By Dan-o-vQm8-

from Poca, WV

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Its a nice mixer. I recorded with it and it has a nice tone and everything. BUY IT you wont be sorry.

 
3.0

Bass Man JJ

By Bass Man JJ

from Moscow, TN

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I've had it for a year now. Good sound. Great effects. Controls could be a bit more user friendly. Still haven't figured out how to transfer my tracks to the CD.

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