The API C is a mic/line/instrument preamp designed to provide a low noise, unusually good sounding front end for all types of audio systems. Sonically, it is. Although the original preamp was soon succeeded by the b and, later, by the c, its design topology — a transformer-balanced input feeding API’s. A friend has loaned me an API Lunchbox with (4) c MicPres, and (2) Series EQ modules, along with (2) AKG ‘s and (1) Sennheiser.
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Bypass the pres completely. Designed by the now-legendary Saul Walker in the late ’60s, the discrete A was first used as a modular OEM equalizer.
After stacking alot of tracks you manuap be able to hear a not so subtle difference. I’ve Googled trying to find some basic info on using this glorious piece of gear, but found nothing. The API Stereo Bus Compressor allows adjustment of sonic qualities to alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix.
For all the wonderful things I hear about expensive mic-pre’s, API’s in particular, there’s barely a noticeable difference between going direct into the or hitting the API first. Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API A. Is it as simple as plugging into the pre’s and heaven awaits? The unit has an internal volt Maybe that’s why it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement.
The lunchbox also has two EQ strips. So far I’m kind of bummed.
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Insert the signal directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing. Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well. With extensive signal metering, multiple balanced insert points and an output mute switch, The Channel Strip contains the best features of a large console input channel in a single rack space.
The ‘s require phantom power labeled 48v on the APIthe does not. Older API A series equalizers used Help FAQs Go to top. Mic Preamps with Digital Output Features: API makes several modules to fit this rack, including the A, b, and c. Just because someone was elected to do a job doesn’t mean that person has any mmanual of what they’re doing.
The real differences happen when you lay a few tracks together and see how they are all stacking. Extremely fast to set and reset using accurate zero detents, the curve shaping potential of the remains Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front end to my ?
I’m on my way to the studio now to do just this. We’re already working with great parts, great tones and great performances, I was just expecting a pretty drastic difference and I’m not hearing it.
API c: Discrete Mic / Line Pre
Shouldn’t I be poopin’ my pants about how great it sounds? They just have XLR in’s and out’s on the back, same as the pre’s.
Originally conceived for use in API consoles of the ’60s and ’70s, the is a unique device designed to accomplish tasks that no other EQ can. Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. The Channel Strip is a complete input module with mic pre, dynamics processing, manuual EQ and output level control.
Looking for basic instructions for API 512C/Lunchbox…
Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the sound is right at the source. Bob Kerry “When the going gets weird, the apl turn pro. It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound.
Perhaps it’s a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars. Login or Sign Up. We have a complete range of the latest music recording equipment and accessories. If we were capable of losing some of that importance we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres.
The result of thoughtful engineering New and second-hand at Sound Devices in the heart of western Sydney. I understand what you’re getting at. One of the ‘s notable qualities is its use of This quality allows an engineer the flexibility Lynn Fuston has written janual after hearing his mic preamp CD, some people tell him that all the tracks sound the same; you 51c2 be experiencing a similar thing – I bet over time you’ll start hearing differences, at which point you’ll be amazed you never noticed those same differences earlier.
Advertise on the most comprehensive and widely viewed musicians’ website. Thanks for all your help. Thompson “Never rock the mic with the pantyhose”-MCA. Are they internally linked to the pre’s? Join the HC Newsletter. Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search. It could be that you’re just not hearing the differences right now between it and what you’re used to using. As the industry rapidly embraced the sonic quality