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API DSM 72-Channel Rack System

72-channel discrete summing mixer

Product Description

The popular API DSM Rack is a complete turnkey solution from API.

No complicated wiring, no configuring, and no guesswork - DSM racks show up ready to work, allowing you to produce world class mixing from your DAW an hour after you get the package.  Unpack, mount and connect the harness and you're mixing! It couldn't be easier.

All DSM systems are complete mixing packages, for summing multi-track signals.  Available from 24 to 72 channels, all DSM systems include the following:

  • Meter Panel - stereo and aux meters
  • 7800 - control room master section
  • 2500 - stereo buss compressor
  • 8200 - 8 channel summing mixer
    • DSM24 - 3 x 8200, 24 channels
    • DSM48 - 6 x 8200, 48 channels
    • DSM72 - 9 x 8200, 72 channels
  • TT patchbay
  • 424 buss interface box
  • Rear panel connections with all harnessing between modules
  • 19" rack

Introducing the DSM 24, DSM 48, and DSM 72

  • API's discrete technology rack format mixdown and monitor system
  • Get the famous API sound from your digital audio workstation
  • Free up processing power while improving the performance and quality of mixes by mixing analog
  • Available in 24-, 48-, 72-channel configurations, or to your custom requirements

The DSM Rack Systems are made from several channels of the 8200 Aux Mixer, the 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor, the 7800 Master Module, and the 424 Bus Interface.  Full tt patch bay facilities with rear connector interface panel are provided to allow flexibility in processing with external equipment.  Metering for all mix buses is provided as well as talkback functions.

The DSM Monitor Panel lets you visually monitor the Stereo bus with the same analog meters used on API consoles and LED level indicators for the aux and track buses.

The 2500 Bus Compressor is a versatile unit which allows adjustment of sonic qualities that can alter the punch and tone of the stereo mix.  It features ATI's patented "Thrust" circuit for a chest hitting, punchy bottom end.  With its dual-channel design, the 2500 is set up for stereo compression and is normalled across the 7800's stereo bus through the DSM patchbay, but can be used as two separate units via a single compression setting.  It boasts a range of parameters that have made it an instant classic.

The 7800 Master Module includes summing amps for the Echo Sends, Track Busses and Stereo Mix Bus.  It includes the master controls for the solo system including PFL, SIP and level control.  There are six 2-track inputs, monitoring of the four sends and monitoring of the stereo bus.  All interfacing of the 7800 has been wired through the DSM rack's custom patch bay and rear access panel.  This is a professional master section that can be used in any application requiring a control room controller.

The 8200 Eight-Channel Mixer Module is the latest rack mount module from API.  It provides eight inputs in a one rack space unit and features a level control, a panner and 2 aux sends per channel.  Each channel has a balanced input and a balanced insert point, conveniently switchable on the front panel.  The addition of front panel mute and solo switches make this the perfect mixer for any line level application.  Perfect with any DAW or "Pro Tools" type digital audio recording software system as a high fidelity discrete API mixing solution!  Plug your DAW direct outputs into the DSM Rack Rear Interface panel, and then use the 8200 for panning and static level control.  Use the recording software of your choice to do your mixing, and let the 8200 give you the option of bypassing your DAW's digital mix bus.

An included tt patch bay provides all connections to the external equipment and is manufactured by Audio Accessories, the same company we use for API Legacy and Vision consoles.

The 424 Bus Interface lets you add external audio sources for summing to the stereo bus, the aux send buses or the multi track buses of the 7800 Master Module.

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