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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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The unit has an internal volt The lunchbox also has two EQ strips. Maybe that’s why it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement. So far I’m kind of bummed. Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front manula to my ? Advertise on the most comprehensive and widely viewed musicians’ website.

The real differences happen when you lay a few tracks together and see how they are all stacking. The API Stereo Bus Compressor allows adjustment of sonic qualities to alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix.

Looking for basic instructions for API 512C/Lunchbox…

New and second-hand at Sound Devices in the heart of western Sydney. Login or Sign Up. Insert the signal directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing.

Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the sound is right at the source. Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well. API makes several modules to fit this rack, including the A, b, and c.

After stacking alot of tracks you should be able to hear a not so subtle difference. Join the HC Newsletter. It could be that you’re just not hearing the differences right now between it and what you’re used to using.


Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API A. Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search. One of the ‘s notable mnual is its use of This quality allows an engineer the flexibility The result of thoughtful engineering I’m on my way to the studio now to do just this.

I don’t understand if I’m supposed to run through them seperate from the mic pre’s? Is it as simple as plugging into the pre’s and heaven awaits? 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. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. With extensive signal metering, multiple balanced insert points and an output mute switch, The Channel Strip contains the best features of 51c large console input channel in a single rack space.

API c: Discrete Mic / Line Pre

Perhaps it’s a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars. 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 Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery As the industry rapidly embraced the sonic quality Designed by the now-legendary Saul Walker in the late ’60s, the discrete A was first used as a modular OEM equalizer.

It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound. Extremely fast to set and reset using accurate zero detents, the curve shaping potential of the remains We’re already working with mmanual parts, great tones and great performances, I was just expecting a pretty drastic difference and I’m not hearing it. View the Media Kit.

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Just because someone was elected to do a job doesn’t mean that person has ali idea of what they’re doing. The Channel Strip is a complete manul module with mic pre, dynamics processing, precision EQ and output level control. Mic Preamps with Digital Output Features: Older API A series equalizers used I’ve Googled trying to find some basic info on using this glorious piece of gear, but found nothing. Lynn Fuston has written that after hearing his mic preamp CD, some people tell him that all the tracks sound the same; you could 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.

Bypass the pres completely. Based on API’s original from the late ’60s, the API b is a continuation of the EQ that played a major role in the history of music recording, but Shouldn’t I be poopin’ my pants about how great it sounds?

I understand what you’re getting at. 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.

The ‘s require phantom power labeled 48v on the APIthe does not. Thanks for all your help. Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres. Granted, I haven’t gotten to recording acoustic guitar or vocals yet, but it made no difference on drums and a tiny and underwhelming difference on electric guitars.

Help FAQs Go to top. Are they internally linked to the pre’s? Bob Kerry “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.