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API 512v

Just found this on an Italian website: API 512v Modulo pre microfonico vari-output - Serie 500 Here's a description: API 512c All Discret 500 series mic / line / instrument premp. Features Mic Preamp with 65 dB of gain Front and Back Panel Mic Input Access Line/Instrument Preamp with 45 dB of gain Front Panel Line/Instrument Input LED VU meter for monitoring output...

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If you were hiring my studio, what would you want to see in the racks ?

I think you're looking at things slightly skewed. Bands (unless they're very technically minded and thus fall more into the 2nd category) shouldn't be concerned with gear. Really they should just be looking at 3 things. - the person (ie you) they're coming to work with - do they make good recordings, are they pleasant to...

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AKG C480b Service in LA

...with the mic body (C480b "preamp") or capsule CK61-ULS. I experience this response from the mic regardless of preamp (bae '1073', api 512v, sonic farm tube pre) Don't want to bet the farm on this or anything, but it's my only sdc, so I figure it'd be nice to at least hear what it's supposed to...

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The API 512v 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 instantly recognizable API sound at an affordable price, and in the scalable API 500 Series format. Offering an impressive 65 dB of gain, the 512v includes front panel Variable Output control, switchable 3:1 output transformer selection, phantom power, switchable polarity, -20 dB pad, and Mic or Instrument/Line selector. The front panel Combo-style XLR and 1/4 inch connector combined with rear panel mic access allows for additional flexibility when installed into an API lunchbox®, API's 10 position 500V vertical rack, or into an API console. The API 512v 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 512v 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 512v exhibits the reliability, long life, and uniformity which are characteristic of all API products.