API 512c 500 Series Microphone Preamp


Get That Legendary Console Sound!

With the API 512c, you’ve got the chance to own API’s legendary front-end sound — at an unbelievably incredible value. Fitting into API’s 500-series modular chassis, the API 512c has nothing but legendary heritage. This microphone preamplifier evolved from the original 1967-era 512 – API’s first-ever modular mic pre – and it’s brimming with that classic’s same sonic character. All in all, you get an API console-level microphone preamplifier in a design that’s totally expandable and realistically portable. If you’re looking for classic preamp character, then you’ve found it: the API 512c.

API’s been creating outstanding “modular” outboard gear since the 1960s – and the numbers “512” get to the heart of that heritage. The 512c, in fact, is a directly relative of the original 1967-era 512 – API’s first-ever modular microphone preamplifier. When you call the 512c into service, you’ll be met by that same, now-legendary sonic character – a sound that was so much a part of the early days of recording. In all, the 512c offers up high headroom, a wide variety of inputs and input access points – all with API quality and famous tone.

The beauty of the entire API 500 Series is its long-term flexibility and lasting value – especially when you consider that needs change over time. With a range of mounting frame options, the API 512c will be a valuable asset to your ever-changing studio rigs. It’s also ruggedly designed with sound you just won’t outgrow – crafted to be your sonic partner for year after year after year.

API 512c 500 Series Microphone/Line Preamplifier Features:

  • Mic Preamp with 65dB of gain
  • Front and Back Panel Mic Input Access
  • Line/Instrument Preamp with 50dB of gain
  • Front and Back Panel Line/Instrument Input
  • LED VU meter for monitoring output level
  • 20dB pad switch, applies to mic/line/instrument
  • 48v Phantom switchable power
  • Traditional API fully discrete circuit design
  • Uses the famous API 2520 Op-amp

API 512C 500 Series Microphone/Line Preamplifier Specifications

  • Rear Connector:Output on edge connector, MIC Input on edge connector, can be defeated
  • Front Connectors:XLR MIC Input, hi-Z 1/4″ Unbal Input
  • Gain Range:MIC, 10 dB min, 65 dB max. Unbal HI-Z Input, 14 dB min, 50 dB max
  • 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, 20 K Ohms
  • Output Impedance:Less than 75 Ohms, Transformer Balanced
  • Clipping Level:+30dBu
  • Frequency Response:+0, -.3, 30Hz to 20kHz
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -129, Mic In. -125, Un-Balanced In.
  • Actual Metered Noise: Mic, -95 dBu, Un-Bal., -90 dBu
  • Distortion:Less than .05% at +4 Out, Less than .1% at +28 Out
  • Size:1.50″ X 5.25″ X 6″ Deep
  • Weight:1 lb. 7 oz.
  • Power Consumption: +/- 12/18 Volts/DC, at 40 ma.

The API 512c preamplifier puts you in touch with that legendary console sound!

Tech Specs

  • Preamp Type:Solid State
  • Number of Channels:1
  • Frequency Response:30Hz-20kHz
  • Phantom Power:Yes
  • Analog Inputs:1 x 1/4″
  • Height:5.25″
  • Depth:7″
  • Width:1.5″
  • Weight:1.41 lbs.
  • Manufacturer Part Number:512C


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