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Old 10th November 2016
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The 'Phantom' of the Phantom Power Light!

Techie question for y'all...

I've got an API 512c pre in one of my lunchboxes. The input is connected to a KM84 (on snare, of course), and the output goes to an API-550a EQ next to it in the rack.

Every now and again I notice the phantom power light on the API-512 glowing for a second or so, then fading back to blackness. All while the rack is powered OFF.

Is this in any way 'normal'? Or does it indicate some sort of problem with either the pre, the cable, or the microphone?

OR is there simply a ghost in my lunchbox?