As a digital mixer, the AW4416 contains full 32-bit DSP capabilities (similar to that of the Yamaha 02R), 44 fully-automated audio inputs (16 of which are from the internal hard drive), 17 motorized faders, four fader and mute groups, eight bus and eight aux sends plus stereo, and stereo cue busses. All 44 inputs–including eight analog and 16 digital inputs via optional interface cards–contain digital attenuators, 4-band full parametric EQ, and direct out assignment. The AW4416 offers multiple storage options–including an internal hard drive and CD recorder, as well as a SCSI interface for data backup to an external drive.
The rear panel contains eight 24-bit mic/line inputs, two of which are XLR with +48V phantom power and inserts, plus a high impedance input that will accept a guitar or other instrument, directly. Memory areas include scene, channel, EQ, dynamics and effects.
An included 16-track recording system, complete with sampling, editing and mastering capabilities, retains true 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution without compression, and records directly to the internal 10GB IDE hard drive. Two 32-bit on-board effects (including Yamaha’s acclaimed reverb technology) may be routed to any bus or input channel directly, or re-routed during recording to create layered effects.