API has announced their new line of studio gear under the “API Select” line. The Select line was created to complement their classic line of mic pres, eqs, and compressors. As with all API gear, the Select line is designed, manufactured, and tested in their factory in Maryland, USA.
The API Select line is comprised of the T12 Tube Mic Preamp, the T25 Tube Compressor, the SR22 Dual Channel Compressor, and the SR24 Dual Channel Equalizer.
In a press release, API has commented:
“Over the years, we’ve acquired the technology and experience to engineer and produce audio products that don’t necessarily conform to API’s classic component structure or topography,” explained API President Larry Droppa. “API Select gives us the opportunity to offer gear that’s very high quality, but that’s different from API’s legendary line of classic products. A great example of this is API Select’s new T12 Tube Mic Preamp, which is a 2-channel, all-tube, Class-A microphone preamplifier. Its tube technology is combined with API’s proprietary AP2516 transformer in the input stage and a custom API transformer on the output stage, so it produces that incredibly rich API sound -but in a distinctly different way.
It was particularly satisfying to develop this kind of vintage-style equipment,” commented API Engineer Jeffrey Richards. “We designed every piece with care and precision, and I have to say with respect for this kind of solid, reliable analog technology. Although API Select is produced in ‘small batches’, we think the value is enormous.”
API is known for their distinct character (punchy, detailed, airy), one that help define the America Sound. To see these new products (especially the tube based units), that promise a more”vintage style” to them, well it is at the very least – exciting.