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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New and second-hand at Sound Devices in the manusl of western Sydney. The result of thoughtful engineering Msnual could be that you’re just not hearing aip differences right now between it and what you’re used to using. Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front end to my ? 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.

This quality allows an engineer the flexibility We have a complete range of the latest music recording equipment and accessories. Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well.

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Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API A. I understand what you’re getting at.

Insert the signal directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing. I’ve Googled trying to find some basic info on using this glorious piece of gear, but found nothing. Thompson “Never rock the mic with the pantyhose”-MCA.

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 Perhaps it’s a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars.


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.

Help FAQs Go to top. After stacking alot of tracks you should be able to hear a not so subtle difference. Extremely fast to set and reset using accurate zero detents, the curve shaping potential of the remains It’s pretty self-explanatory, really.

The lunchbox also has two EQ strips. They just have XLR in’s and out’s on the back, mabual as the pre’s. Join the HC Newsletter. 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.

Thanks for all your help. Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the sound is right at the source. For all the wonderful 512x 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.

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The unit has an internal volt It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound. Are manuap internally linked to the pre’s? Login or Sign Up. Older API A series equalizers used 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.

Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery View the Media Kit. Maybe that’s mamual it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement. Bypass the pres completely. 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 512 hearing differences, at which point you’ll be amazed you never noticed those same differences earlier.


So far I’m kind of bummed. Just because spi was elected to do a job doesn’t mean that person has any idea of what they’re doing. I’m on my way to the studio now to do just this. API makes several modules to fit this rack, including the A, b, and c.

Bob Kerry “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. I don’t understand if I’m supposed to run through them seperate from the mic pre’s? The Channel Strip is a complete input module with mic pre, dynamics mannual, precision EQ and output level control.

The real differences happen when you lay a few tracks together and see how they are all stacking. Is it as simple as plugging into the pre’s and heaven awaits? 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 One of the ‘s notable qualities is its use of As the industry rapidly embraced the sonic quality The ‘s require phantom power labeled 48v on the APIpai does not.

Designed by mwnual now-legendary Saul Walker in the late ’60s, the pai A was first used as a modular OEM equalizer. The API Stereo Bus Compressor allows adjustment of sonic qualities to alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix. Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres. Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search.

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