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API THE BOX® Project Recording and Mixing Console  From API

THE BOX is a small-format recording/mixing console designed for professional project studios, home studios, and production facilities of all kinds.

API Audio

API The BOX Recording & Mixing Console Walkthrough

Dan Zimbelman from API Audio gives us a personal tour of their new high-quality compact recording and mixing console - The BOX.

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    • API THE BOX® Project Recording and Mixing Console

Manufacturer's Description from API

Optimized for the digital era, THE BOX handles all the functions needed for production not provided by most DAWs, including mic preamps, input signal processing, high-quality mix bus, cue sends with talkback, monitor control, and more, without the redundant capacities of larger consoles. Most importantly, THE BOX provides the legendary "all discrete" API sound in an efficient, cost-effective package.

For recording, “The BOX” provides four (4) input channels. Channels 1 & 2 are equipped with preamp, filter, built-in 550A equalizer, insert, assignable compression, and output routing. Channels 3 & 4 provide the same features, but are each equipped with an API 500 series slot instead of the built-in EQ.

For mixing, “The BOX” provides sixteen (16) dedicated summing input channels, as well as the four (4) input channels, for a total of twenty (20) channels. Accordingly, all channels, input and summing, have a fader, mute, pan-pot, program bus assignment, insert, solo, solo safe, and aux/cue sends. Additionally, summing inputs have a “0dB” switch that bypasses the fader and delivers the input signal to the pan-pot at unity gain. This feature is very useful for summing individual DAW tracks that have fader & mute automation.

“The BOX” is equipped with a comprehensive master section that includes controls for program bus insert and external inputs, auxiliary and cue masters, solo master, talkback, VU meters, and a fully-featured monitor section that supports two (2) stereo speaker systems and headphones. In addition, the master section contains two (2) 527 compressors that can be assigned to the input channels when recording and the program bus when mixing.

To help assure reliability and longevity, “The BOX” is built to the same exacting API quality
standards as our Vision, Legacy Plus, and 1608 consoles.


  • Two (2) input channels with mic/instrument/line preamp, HP filter, & integral 550A EQ
  • Two (2) input channels with mic/instrument/line preamp, HP filter, & 500 slot
  • Two (2) compressors assignable to input channels or program bus with stereo link
  • Sixteen (16) summing channels (20 channels during mix)
  • Stereo program bus with master fader, insert, and external input
  • One (1) stereo and (2) mono auxiliary sends/buses
  • Stereo cue send/bus & headphone system
  • PFL, AFL, and solo-in-place solo modes with stereo solo bus
  • Full-featured monitor section that supports two stereo monitor systems
  • Talkback system
  • Comprehensive rear panel connections with balanced inputs and outputs
  • Integrated power supply
API Audio

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.


Specs for THE BOX can be found in the Downloads tab.





The Box User Manual

The Box Specs