has a longtime experience in building high-performance digital consoles
and multitrack recorders. The AW4416 includes the achieved know-how
and optimizes the technology. It is a totally integrated and complete
16-tracks mixing-recording system at a competitive quality/price
The AW4416 is a professional audio workstation that allows the user
to execute all the steps required to create a final audio product
(signal processing, recording, data editing, mixdown and CD mastering).
Moreover, it is the first ministudio equipped with motorized faders
at a very affordable price (about 3.000 Euro).
Due to its small size, the AW4416 is easy to carriage and, thanks
to its features, it can be also used in "live" performances as a
flexible mixing and recording system.
The AW4416 features 8 built-in analog inputs and a stereo digital
input. The rear panel features 2 slots to add up to 16 additional
In/Out installing mini-YGDAI cards (the same used in the 01V digital
mixer and other pro-audio Yamaha products). Considering also the
dual stereo effect returns and the 16 inputs of the hard disk recorder
section, the AW4416 can provide up to 44 input channels.
The output section includes Stereo (analog + S/PDIF digital) and
Monitor outputs as well as flexible OMNI out ports to which is possible
to assign the AUX sends, the channels 1-16 Direct outputs or the
Sampling Pads signals. Installing the optional mini-YGDAI cards
in the rear panel slots, the outputs can be increased providing
more flexibility. The AW4416 comes with a 12Gb HD, but it can accept
up to 64 Gb 2.5" IDE HD drives, without any partition need.
Fully equipped. The mixing section includes parametric EQs
as well as dynamics processors and delay functions (up to 59 ms)
for each channel . Moreover, 2 effect processors (that includes
guitar dedicated effects) are built-in. The channel 8 features an
additional high impedency input for guitar direct connection. Dynamics
processors are also available for bus master and stereo out.
The AW4416 provides also EQ, dynamics processors, effects and mixing
settings libraries. 16 tracks recording can be both in 16-bit or
24-bit formats. The recording section provides all the required
editing functions both for main and virtual tracks (8 virtual tracks
x 16 main tracks).
The locate function allows to immediately recall specific points
of the song (8 Quick Locate points + 99 markers per song). Very
useful is also the Quick Record function, enabled by the Quick Rec
key, that automatically assigns the mixer inputs to the recorder
tracks for immediate recording sessions.
The AW4416 features also the most common interface ports for external
units synchronization or computer connection. Moreover, a serial
mouse can be connected to the unit. This feature allows a convenient
parameters graphic control thru the large LCD display, similar to
the Windows or Macintosh operative systems.
At last, it is possible to install an optional CD-R / CD-RW in the
front panel bay to read CD-ROM data (i.e.: samplers .WAV files)
or for CD mastering.
Automation. The motorized faders and the mixing settings
can be controlled thru dedicated "scene memories" that allow to
recall thousands of parameteres in a snap. In this way mixdown sessions
can be more easy and fast.
The Automix function allows a real-time storage of all the operations
performed during a mixing sessions as well as advanced sync functions
(via SMPTE or MIDI Time Code) working with external audio/video/MIDI
Compact. The AW4416 is a compact unit: 558 mm. (W) x 459
mm. (D). This allows an easy installation also in small places.
The low weight (11.8 Kg.) allows an easy carriage too.
Competitive Q/P ratio. Considering the wide range of features
available and the high quality standard, the AW4416 price should
be considered very affordable.
AW4416 is a great combination of mixing and recording digital technologies.
The mixer section can be considered as an heritage of the the Yamaha
02R mixing console, but the operativity recalls the Yamaha 01V and
03D digital mixers.
In terms of understanding, this is a big advantage for those who
were used to operate with these Yamaha consoles. The motorized faders
allow immediate levels control. EQ and PAN parameters can be conveniently
set thru a dedicated control panel, that can be assigned to the
selected channel. The [VIEW] key graphically displays all the mixing
parameters, allowing a direct values setting.
The recording section is easy to control and provides 8 virtual
tracks for each of the 16 available tracks, allowing a great takes
flexibility. A useful tool is the waveform display of the currently
selected track that allows accurate editing operations.
The final mixdown is supported by well tested automix functions.
access and immediate operativity are the main adavantages of the AW-4416.
This is a great result, considering the large number of features,
functions and applications offered by this unit.
Furthermore, the AW-4416 provides a kind of "analog" approach through
dedicated EQ and PAN control knobs (supported by the Auto Display
function), while the Quick Rec function automatically and rapidly
makes the appropriate recording settings for simultaneous multitrack
The immediate settings storage/recall thru libraries (available for
EQ, dynamics processor, effects and channels) is another important
feature as well as I/O patching, grouping (for faders and mute), pairing
(stereo pairs setting) and automix.
The Sampling Pads section is a very useful innovation. The pads can
be used to trigger WAV samples during playback or while recording.
Sampling pads playback can be also automated thru an internal sequencer.
At last, the AW4416 packaging includes a very useful Tutorial manual
and a demo CD. The user can learn step by step the most important
mixing functions as well as the CD mastering procedure.