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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Is it as simple as wpi into the pre’s and heaven awaits? Advertise on the most comprehensive and widely viewed musicians’ website. The unit has an internal volt Extremely fast to set and reset using accurate zero detents, the curve shaping potential of the remains We have a complete range of the latest music recording equipment and accessories.

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I’ve Googled trying to find some basic info on using this glorious piece of gear, but found nothing. Bob Kerry mankal the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. 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 Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well.

They just have XLR in’s and out’s on the back, manuwl as the pre’s. Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API A. Perhaps manua a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars. After stacking alot of tracks you should be able to hear a not so subtle difference.


Join the HC Newsletter. New and second-hand at Sound Devices in the heart of western Sydney. 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. Thompson “Never rock the mic with the pantyhose”-MCA.

Designed by the now-legendary Saul Walker in the late ’60s, the discrete A was first used as a modular OEM equalizer. 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. This quality allows an engineer the flexibility Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery Shouldn’t I be poopin’ my pants about how great it sounds?

View the Media Kit. Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search. Maybe that’s why it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement. Thanks for all your help. Login or Sign Up. 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.

So far I’m kind of bummed. The result of thoughtful engineering 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.


I understand what you’re getting at.

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 It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres.

It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound. It could 5112c that you’re just not hearing the differences right now between it and what you’re used to using.

Mic Preamps with Digital Output Features: Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front end to my ? I don’t understand if I’m supposed to run through them seperate from the mic pre’s?

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Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the ai is right at the source. The real differences happen when you lay a few tracks together and see how they are all stacking. I’m on my way to the studio now to do just this. The API Stereo Bus Compressor allows manul of sonic qualities to alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix. API makes several modules to fit this rack, including the A, b, and c.

Insert the signal directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing.