API 500 Series 512C Discrete Mic   Line Pre Module

API 500 Series 512C Discrete Mic / Line Pre Module

Product code: api512c

The API 512c is a mic / line / instrument preamp in 500 Series 'Lunchbox format.


  • API 500 Series 512C Discrete Mic / Line Pre Module

    The API 512c is a mic / line / instrument preamp in 500 Series 'Lunchbox format.

    Main Features

    • Mic Preamp with 65 dB of gain
    • Front and Back Panel Mic Input Access
    • Line/Instrument Preamp with 45 dB of gain
    • Front Panel Line/Instrument Input
    • LED VU meter for monitoring output level
    • 20 dB pad switch, applies to mic/line/instrument
    • 48v Phantom switchable power
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    The API 512c 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 distinct API sound at an affordable price, and in the scalable API 500 Series format. Offering an impressive 65 dB of gain, the 512c includes phantom power, switchable polarity, -20 dB pad and Mic or Instrument/Line selector. Front panel XLR and 1/4 inch connectors combined with rear panel mic access allows for additional flexibility when installed into an API lunchbox®, API's 10 position 500V vertical rack, or an API console.

    The API 512c remains faithful to the circuit designs of API's founder Saul Walker. Artfully combining those circuits with API's proprietary transformers and the incomparable 2520 op-amp, the 512c is a highly musical and rich-sounding analogue mic pre, equally at home in commercial recording spaces as it is in smaller home studios. Fully featured and still hand assembled, the 512c exhibits the reliability, long life, and uniformity which are characteristic of all API products.


    API 512c Specifications

    Rear Connector: Output on edge connector, MIC Input on edge connector, can be defeated
    Front Connectors: XLR MIC Input, HI-Z 1/4 inch Unbalanced Input
    Gain Range: MIC: 34dB to 65dB (14dB to 45dB w/PAD). HI-Z: 14dB to 45dB (-6dB to 25dB w/PAD)
    Maximum Input Levels: MIC, +8 dBu, Unbal HI-Z Input, +36 dBu
    Input Impedance: MIC Input, 1500 Ohms (150 Ohm mic), HI-Z Unbal Input, 400 K Ohms (20 K Ohms with pad)
    Output Impedance: Less than 75 Ohms, Transformer Balanced
    Clipping Level: +30 dBu
    Frequency Response: +0, -.3, 30 to 20 kHz
    Noise: Equivalent Input Noise: -129, Mic In. -125, Un-Balanced In.
    Actual Metered Noise: Mic, -95 dBu, Un-Bal., -90 dBu
    Distortion: Less than .05% @ +4 Out, Less than .1% @ +28 Out
    Power Consumption: ±12/18 Volts/DC, @40 ma.
    Size: 1.5 x 5.25 x 7 inches
    Weight: 1.41 lbs.



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  • Additional Information

    On demo in store No
    Brand Api
    Condition New