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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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. Bob Kerry “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Shouldn’t I be poopin’ my pants about how great it sounds? 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.

As the industry rapidly embraced the sonic quality We have a complete range of the latest music recording equipment and accessories. The ‘s require phantom power labeled 48v on the APIthe does not.

View the Media Kit. The lunchbox also has two EQ strips. Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API A. API makes several modules to fit this rack, including the A, b, and c.

I don’t understand if I’m supposed ali run through them seperate from the mic pre’s? Thompson “Never rock the mic with the pantyhose”-MCA.

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. The result of thoughtful engineering Extremely fast to set and reset using accurate zero detents, the curve shaping potential of the remains Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search.


Just because someone was elected to do a job doesn’t mean that person has any idea of what they’re doing. The Channel Strip is a complete input module with mic pre, dynamics processing, precision EQ and output level control. 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. Are they internally linked to the pre’s? It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound.

Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres. The API Stereo Bus Compressor allows adjustment of sonic qualities to alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix.

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Login or Sign Up. Thanks for all your help. 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 Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the sound is right at the source. Insert the signal directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing. Join the HC Newsletter. The unit has an internal volt Originally conceived for use in API consoles of the ’60s and ’70s, the is a 512x device designed to accomplish tasks that no other EQ can.


Maybe that’s why it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement.

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Older API A series equalizers used 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.

Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery Perhaps it’s a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars. One of the ‘s notable qualities is its use of This quality allows an engineer the flexibility 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 Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front end to my ?

Mic Preamps with Digital Output Features: Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well.

Bypass the pres completely. It could be that apj just not hearing the differences right now between it and what you’re used to using.

It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. I understand what you’re getting at. They just have XLR in’s xpi out’s on the back, same as the pre’s. After stacking alot of tracks you should be able to hear a not so subtle difference.