API Audio 212L 200 series Preamplifier  From API

Discrete Mic Pre.

API Audio

$660.25

Retail:  $695.00

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Manufacturer's Description from API

Features

  • Wide range GAIN control
  • 20 dB Pad
  • 48v Phantom Power Switch
  • RE 115 K Mic input Transformer
  • LED VU Meter
  • Uses API 2520 Op-Amp
  • All Discrete Circuit
  • Transformer Coupled Inputs & Outputs to +28 dBu

The tone of the 212L mic preamp finds its roots in the classic API 2488 series all discrete recording consoles, best known for the famed "LA" sound. This same mic preamp design is packaged into a compact module with features like a continuously adjustable Gain control and a unique 5 segment LED VU meter on each panel.

An audio chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Often, emphasis is placed on obtaining the highest quality microphones, while neglecting the integrity of the mic preamp. The API 212L incorporates the same circuit as the legendary API console input modules, dating from the 1970's up to and including the Model 1608, thus preserving its sonic qualities. This mic-pre articulates high frequencies with great detail, while delivering the big sounding, warm bottom end that API is famous for. Whether it's a live performance or the private setting of a studio session, the 212L will capture every nuance of the moment.

The 212L mic-pre all discrete circuitry features the API 2520 op-amp, the RE 115 K input and the AP-2623 output transformer. A -20 dB pad is provided, allowing the level feeding the mic transformer to be reduced by 20 dB, while keeping the proper load on both the mic and transformer. 48V Phantom power can be locally switched on or off via the front panel switch. An LED VU meter provides a true VU indication of the mic pre output level. The low noise floor, together with a clip point over +28 dBm, makes this preamp suitable for the most extreme applications requiring the highest quality audio.

The API 212L microphone pre-amplifier is an integral part of the famous Legacy and Visions Series of consoles and is available for the L200 Rack System. The 212L Microphone Preamplifier makes use of the 2520 op-amp and therefore exhibits the reliability, long life and uniformity which are characteristic of API products.

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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

Specifications

Input Impedance:

Mic In 1500 Ohms

Output Impedance:

85 Ohms, Transformer coupled, Balanced

Maximum Input Level:

+2 dBu, No Pad, +18 dBu, with Pad In

Gain:

55 dB max

PAD:

20 dB, 1500/150 Ohm load

Clipping Level:

+28 dBu

Frequency Response:

0, -.3, 30 to 20 kHz

Noise (Actual Measured):

-102 dBu Unweighted, -125 dBu "A" Weighted 20-20 kHz

Distortion:

THD + N:

.02% (+4 dB @ 2 kHz)

.01% (+15 dB @ 2 kHz)

.05% (-15 dB @ 2 kHz)

Connectors:

.100 spaced ELCO

Power Consumption:

±16 Volts DC, 40mA max at +24 dBu out

Size:

1.25" X 2.65" X 6.5" Deep

Size (Boxed for Shipping):

4.5" X 6.25" X 10"

Actual Weight:

.55 lb.

Shipping Weight:

.92 lb.

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