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API 3124V 4-Channel Mic Preamp  From API

Expanding on the revered 3124+, the API 3124v rebuilds the classic 4 channel preamp to include more control and flexibility with use of an output trim and 3:1 out transformer selection.

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$3,130.25

Retail:  $3,295.00

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What We Think

After wishes came true last year with the new API 512v, it seemed like only a matter of time before the classic 3124 met the same upgrade. Now with the just announced 3124v, you have the same set of 4 API preamps but with the flexibility of an output trim and 3:1 output transformer selection so you can really lean into it and dime in the perfect amount of saturation /color without clipping your converter. This would be an exciting tool for micing a drum kit, set of guitars, or any other source to give you a transient-filled push of unmistakable API punch.

Manufacturer's Description from API

Building on the enormous success of the highly revered 3124+, the 3124V is essentially the same unit, but provides two important additional features:

First, the 3124V offers front panel Variable Output Level Control, an extremely valuable addition given today’s professional workflow. “This is a feature long requested by the pro audio community, and we’re happy to provide it in the 3124V,” says API’s President Larry Droppa.

Second, the 3124V adds a switchable 3:1 output transformer selection, also on the front panel. "The 3:1 Output Transformer selection switch allows the user to alter how much gain comes from the different stages," explains API’s Director of Engineering Todd Humora. "Do you want more transformer gain, or do you want more 2520 gain, or both? You can choose exactly what you prefer, and then use the Variable Output to make sure the level is where you want it.”

All other design aspects of the 3124V remain identical to the 3124+, including the original circuitry, proprietary input and output transformers, 2520 op amps, the unique 5 year warranty and, of course, the unmistakable API sound. Units are now shipping.

Like the API 3124+, the 3124V is a high quality, compact, 4-channel mic preamp. It is equipped with the RE-115 K mic input transformer and the proprietary output transformer found in all API mic pres and throughout the API product line. Additionally, the 3124V offers Variable Output Level Control and switchable 3:1 output transformer selection. The unit has an internal 48-volt phantom power supply, which is switchable for each channel, as well as -20dB pad switches that affect both the mic and Hi-Z instrument inputs, both located on the front panel.

The 3124V also features up to 65dB of gain. Additionally, the Hi-Z front panel inputs feed directly to the op-amps, which allow a low-level input such as a guitar or bass to be amplified without a matching transformer or direct box. These Hi-Z inputs can take levels as high as +20dBu, making them perfect for keyboards and other high-level devices. The mic preamp outputs are on rear panel male XLR connectors.

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About Manufacturer

API (Automated Processes, Inc.) is world famous for its all-discrete audio products: studio and broadcast mixing consoles, and a full line of rack mount mic preamps, equalizers and processors. It all began with a dream. It was 1968. The company: Automated Processes Inc., formed by men with a vision. Best known for their now legendary "2520 amplifier", this unique amp has been and will continue to be the heart of all API discrete products. It continues to provide reliability and sonic purity unmatched by the competition. The resulting console met the needs of the music, commercial and broadcast industry. API became the leading audio broadcast console manufacturer for radio and television networks and high profile stations. In addition, recording studios, large and small, began using API.....and receiving rave reviews from engineers and producers. There are over 700 API consoles across the nation and around the world, including the three major networks. Over thirty years later, many of these consoles are still in daily use in some of the most prestigious recording and broadcast facilities in the world because, to date, there are few, if any consoles of equal sound quality at a cost-effective price.

Specifications

  • Classic API Circuit Design
  • Uses API 2520 Op Amps
  • Variable Output Level Control
  • 3:1 Output Transformer Tap Selection
  • Four female XLR mic inputs
  • Four front panel 1/4" Hi Z instrument inputs
  • Front panel polarity switches
  • Front panel -20dB pad switches
  • Front panel mic/instrument switches
  • Front panel 48V power switches