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API Audio 505 Direct Input  From API

The 505 is an outstanding and flexible DI featuring the traditional API fully discrete circuit design originally found in the 205L.

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$565.25

Retail:  $595.00

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Manufacturer's Description from API

Like the console-based API 205L, the 505-DI is specifically designed to accept a guitar, bass or keyboard direct input while minimizing any loading effect on Hi-Z instrument pickups. Additionally, the 505-DI's Gain Control is used to normalize an instrument's input level, up to a +4 dBu output level. API's unique TONE control reduces potential low end "mud" in the signal, while turning on the BRIGHT switch adds additional clarity if desired. The various combinations of TONE and BRIGHT controls can eliminate the need for any EQ on the instrument while recording, keeping the signal path short and pure.

This minimal signal path eliminates the need to use a standard direct box, which many times still requires a mic input, equalizer, and a fader to get the signal to a recordable level. The 505-DI is capable of boosting any instrument to a hefty line level without additional amplifiers. Use of the 100K / 400K LOAD switch allows the tone of the pickup to be altered slightly, alternately brightening or darkening the high frequency content. When inserting an instrument with an internal preamp or a line level instrument such as a sampler or a keyboard, the 505-DI offers a 20 dB PAD switch to drop the level without loading, thereby retaining the integrity of the incoming signal.

 

Features

  • Wide Range Gain Control with 55dB of gain
  • Front Panel Hi-Z Input
  • Front Panel Thru routing
  • TONE Control helps customize your sound
  • BRIGHT Switch boosts clarity and presence
  • 10 segment LED VU meter for monitoring output level
  • Peak Output LED Indicator
  • 20 dB pad switch, applies to mic/line/instrument
  • 100K / 400K Switchable Load
  • Traditional API fully discrete circuit design
  • Uses the famous API 2520 and 2510 Op-Amps
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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

 
Number of Bands: Two
Filter Type: Passive Shelf
Filter Frequency Centers: Low: 150 Hz
High: 8 kHz
Input Impedance: >380 K Ohms, Un-Balanced
Output Impedance: 75 Ohms, Transformer coupled, Balanced
Nominal Levels: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
Clipping Level: +30 dBu
Frequency Response: 0, -.4, 30 to 20 kHz
Noise: 98 dB below +10 dBm output, unweighted. 20-20 kHz
Distortion: THD: .01% (+4 dB @ 2 K)
Connector: 15 position .156 sp edge connector
Power Consumption: ±16 Volts DC, 130mA max at +24 dBu out