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API 500-8B 8-Channel 500 Series Lunchbox Rack
The new API 500-8B 8-Channel 500 Series lunchbox includes all of the features that have made the 500-6B so well regarded in the industry, including DB-25 (D-Sub) connectors for easy I/O, universal power supply (100 or 250V, 47 to 63Hz), phantom power, and easy rack-mounting with optional rack-ear kit. Built for robust performance, with new toggle switches for channel linking.
The lunchbox gives an engineer the flexibility to bring along specialized EQ effects to any situation: 550A, 550b or 560. The lunchbox is self-powered. API makes several modules for the 500-6B, including the 512c Mic Preamplifier, the 525 Compressor, the 527 Compressor, the 550A 3-band EQ, the 550b 4-band EQ and the 560 Graphic EQ. Combinations of these modules make perfect stereo recording packages (two 512cs and two 550bs) or vocalist's box (one 512c, two EQs and one 527).
Other uses for the versatile lunchbox include:
- Multi-track recording of acoustic and electronic audio sources
- Sound reinforcement systems and recording to multi-track formats
- Multiple facility projects where portability is a plus
- Broadcast and audio for video production
- Custom channel input strips
- 8 slots with 250mA of power per slot
- Full compatibility with API 500 Series and VPR-approved modules
- DB25 connectivity on the rear panel
- Phantom power
- Optional rack ears available for rack mounting
- Toggle switches for channel linking
- Rubber feet & carrying handle for portability
- Rugged steel chassis
- Perfect for remote recording of Vocalist and Instruments
- Includes external power supply
Note: The older 560A equalizer may use pin 15 for a "direct output" and must be disabled on the 560A circuit board edge connector by cutting a trace. This will eliminate 48 volts from damaging the 560A series equalizers.
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||8 Slots|
|Input Connectors||Analog DB25|
|Output Connectors||Analog DB25|
Api is the bomb
I bought this wondering why it was one of the cheapest options out there. The build is fantastic, the power is plenty, the concept is solid, API is great gear. But I ended up hating the DB500-only connection and the support to use this in my workflow was practically nonexistent. XLR In/Out is far simpler and much better for me to get up & running quickly. This is not worth saving the few hundred, so I returned it & went with the Neve10-slot. Perfect simplicity.
Must have for the studio
This thing is totally cool. It's easy to use, has plenty of power, has the right number of slots and the routing switches simplify hook up. It does what it's supposed to do simply and at a great price. When I fill this one up I'm sure I'll get another one.
Delivered quite quickly as described only issue I had was with more documentation on the API product. Thanks
Solid lunchbox that does the job. I like that it has 8 slots as there are no other ones on the market in that configuration. It matches well with the 8 I/O of my UA Apollo 8p. I filled mine with a combo of Shadow Hills Quad Gamas, Neve 1073LB's, and Burl B1D's and could not be happier for tracking drums, vocals, strings, synths, you name it.
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