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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Login or Sign Up. Join the HC Newsletter. Search in titles only Search in Recording Forum only Search. Hello, I have woken up and won the lottery I’ve Googled trying to find some basic info on using this glorious piece of gear, but found nothing.
Is it as simple as plugging into the pre’s and heaven awaits? Can anyone point me to some info on how to use this to the greatest benefit as a front end to my ? It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. Set the gain all either to unity, or all the way off on the as well.
Looking for basic instructions for API 512C/Lunchbox…
The ‘s require phantom power labeled 48v on the APIthe does not. So far I’m kind of bummed. 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.
Granted, I haven’t gotten to recording acoustic guitar or vocals yet, but it made no difference on drums and a tiny and underwhelming difference on electric guitars. Shouldn’t I be poopin’ my pants about how great it sounds? Just because someone was elected to do a job doesn’t mean that person has any idea of what they’re doing.
Looking for basic instructions for API C/Lunchbox | Harmony Central
Bob Kerry “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Thompson “Never rock the mic with the pantyhose”-MCA. I understand what you’re getting at. Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten really, really good results without any good mics or mic-pres.
Maybe that’s why it’s hard for me to get something that’s a noticable improvement.
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. Bypass the pres completely. Insert the aip directly to disc, you will hear what you have been missing.
The real differences happen when you lay a few tracks together manuql see how they are all stacking. 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 It could be that you’re just not hearing the differences right now between mqnual and what you’re used to using.
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.
Perhaps it’s a subtle difference we’ll notice as we start stacking guitars. The lunchbox also has two EQ strips. I don’t understand if I’m supposed to run through them seperate from the mic pre’s? They just have XLR in’s and out’s on the back, same as the pre’s.
Are they internally linked to the pre’s? After stacking alot of tracks you should be able to hear a not so subtle difference.
Your tracks will start to have that “something” thats been missing as long as the sound is right at the source. I’m on my way to the studio now to do just this.
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