The API 512v is a mic / line / instrument preamp, world famous for its ability to provide a low noise (-129 EIN) and unusually good sounding front end for all types of audio applications. Sonically, it delivers the instantly recognizable API sound at an affordable price, and in the scalable API 500 Series format.
The API 512v remains faithful to the circuit designs of API's founder Saul Walker, artfully combining those circuits with API’s proprietary transformers and the 2520 op-amp.
The 512v offers 65 dB of gain as a mic preamp, 45 dB of gain as a line/ instrument preamp, and a 20 dB pad switch that can be applied to the incoming signal (whether microphone, line or instrument). The 512v also features a 3:1 output transformer tap switch that produces a lower output level, allowing the user the option of driving the transformer harder to achieve higher levels of saturation.
The front panel Combo-style XLR and 1/4 inch line/ instrument input connector combined with rear panel mic access allows for additional flexibility when installed into an API lunchbox, API’s 10 position 500V vertical rack, or into an API console. Also included are an LED VU meter for gain level indication, 48v Phantom power switch, all built around the traditional API circuit design.
The 512v effectively eliminates the need for third party attenuators, and produces the same warm, analog signal that audio professionals expect from API. The 512v features API's original 5 year warranty, retails for $995.00 (MSRP) and is now shipping.