The API 512c is a mic / line / instrument preamp, world famous for its ability to provide a low noise (-129 EIN) and unusually good sounding front end for all types of audio applications. Sonically, it delivers the distinct API sound at an affordable price, and in the scalable API 500 Series format. Offering an impressive 65 dB of gain, the 512c includes phantom power, switchable polarity, -20 dB pad and Mic or Instrument/Line selector. Front panel XLR and 1/4 inch connectors combined with rear panel mic access allows for additional flexibility when installed into an API lunchbox, API's 10 position 500V vertical rack, or an API console.
The API 512c remains faithful to the circuit designs of API's founder Saul Walker. Artfully combining those circuits with API's proprietary transformers and the incomparable 2520 op-amp, the 512c is a highly musical and rich-sounding analog mic pre, equally at home in commercial recording spaces as it is in smaller home studios. Fully featured and still hand assembled, the 512c exhibits the reliability, long life, and uniformity which are characteristic of all API products. Mic Preamp with 65 dB of gain.
Front and Back Panel Mic Input Access. Line/Instrument Preamp with 45 dB of gain. LED VU meter for monitoring output level.
20 dB pad switch, applies to mic/line/instrument. Traditional API fully discrete circuit design with 2520 Op Amp.
Honestly, I did so much recording at another studio outside my home that my lunchbox was used (primarily) for demo purposes. You would be hard pressed to find a 512c in used condition that is in better shape than this one. Besides some small scratches around the corners of the face (from installing and removing the unit), it is in like new condition.
I kept the slot cover on at all times to prevent dust from entering the box. This fantastic little unit did record lead vocals on a rock song that was played live over the air on 92.1 FM, a station in Madison, WI, and it's certainly a great tool to add to your API Lunchbox (the Lunchbox in the pictures is, unfortunately, not for sale). Also, the API 550 eq in the pictures is not for sale in this listing (please look for another listing soon).
If you'd like to hear one of the great-sounding recordings that this unit produced, please feel free to send me a message, and I'd be glad to share a hyperlink to the music. Original, secure packaging (also visible in pictures). Any other questions, please ask.
The item "API 512c microphone preamp mic pre" is in sale since Thursday, January 26, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Preamps & Channel Strips". The seller is "balzza" and is located in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.