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API The Channel Strip

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API The Channel Strip
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API The Channel Strip

The API The Channel Strip combines their 512C Preamp, 527 Compressor, 550A EQ, and 325 Line-Driver output section, to give you the power and sound of their large format console channels, in a 1U rackmount channel strip - right in any studio.

The API The Channel Strip is a complete input module with mic pre, dynamics processing, precision EQ and output level control. With extensive signal metering, multiple balanced insert points and an output mute switch, The Channel Strip contains the best features of a large console input channel in a single rack space. It's the perfect choice for anyone looking for that high-performance API console sound.

The result of thoughtful engineering, The Channel Strip includes everything needed to record an audio signal. It all starts with the famed 512c Mic Preamplifier, which includes the benefit of additional Mic, Line or Instrument input switching. Next is the 527 multi-mode Compressor with fully adjustable Threshold, Attack, Release, and Ratio controls on detented pots. The patented THRUST® circuit in the 527 gives your track the "in-your-face" punch that has made this circuit an award winner. Also included in The Channel Strip is probably the most recognized and revered API EQ of all time, the 550A three-band Equalizer with its switchable frequencies and 12dB of boost or cut. The 550A's High and Low frequency bands can be individually switched to be shelving EQs, and the "B.P. Filter" switch inserts a 50Hz to 15KHz bandpass filter.

At the output of the unit is the 325 Line Driver, taken directly from API console designs with an output level pot and 10 segment meter. The meter can also be switched to show the output level of the preamp. Each of The Channel Strip's processing pieces can be switched in or bypassed individually, while a flip switch internally routes the compressor after the EQ if desired. Additional features include a sidechain input and the famous API 2520/transformer combination.

API The Channel Strip Features

  • API 512c Mic Preamplifier
  • API 550A Equalizer
  • API 527 Compressor
  • API 325 Line Driver
  • Complete patching facilities on rear panel
  • Two ten segment LED VU displays
  • Output clips at +30dBm

API The Channel Strip Specifications

  • 512C Preamplifier
    • Connectors: XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs
    • Gain: 68dB Mic / 50dB Instrument
    • Impedance: 1500Ohm Mic / 20k Ohm Instrument
  • 527 Comp
    • Attack Times: 1 millisecond to 25 milliseconds (typical)
    • Release Times: 0.3 seconds to 3 seconds (typical)
    • Compression Ratios: 1:1 to Infinite:1
    • Threshold Control Range: +10dBu to -20dBu
  • 550A EQ
    • Insertion Loss: None (bridging)
    • Frequency Response: ±0.5dB 30Hz to 20kHz (Unequalized)
    • Noise: Unequalized output noise of –90dBm high level strapping, –98dBm low level strapping, 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted
    • Distortion: .05% THD max, 30Hz to 20kHz @ +4dBm / .07% THD max, 30Hz to 20kHz @ +18dBm
  • 325 Line-Driver
    • Output Fader Control Gain: -Infinite to +10dB
    • Clipping Level: +30dBu
    • Channel Output: +4dBu, Balanced, Low-impedance, Male XLR
    • Output Impedance: Less than 75 Ohms, Transformer Balanced
    • Metering: 10-segment red LED: VU scale; -20VU to +3VU (positive illumination indicator) Switchable between 512C Preamp and 325 Line-Driver outputs

API The Channel Strip Includes

  • The Channel Strip
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
  • One year factory service and Five year parts warranty

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