API Audio 512c by guitarz
The API 512C is a module for the API lunchbox 500 format.
It has a gain knob, a seven segment LED VU meter for monitoring output levels, a 20 db pad, phase switch, 48V button and a DI, MIC selection.
If you want the famous API sound, just skip this review and go and buy one. You certanly wont regret it, this was my first foray into the 500 lunchbox modules and it has never left my lunchbox even when I had more modules then spaces.
Its my go to signal chain to record heavy guitars as they have a very distinct mids that make the guitars cut through the mix without sounding thin and loosing the weight.
Another area in that it excels is as a DI for recording Bass. It sounds so good that with some basses almost no EQ is needed for it to sit nicely in the mix.
My only complaint about this pre is that the output is really hot. To be able to run it with the gain I like to get some dirt an external pad between the pre and the converters is needed not to overrun the input of the AD convertor.
Just get a Shure A15AS pad and place it between the pre and convertors and its done.
Overall this is one of my prefered mic pres. The caracteristic API sound is wonderfull and stacks really well with the layering of multiple guitars needed for modern rock and metal productions.
I wouldnt think twice about buying it again.