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  1. API 512c 500 Series Microphone Preamp

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    MFR#: 512C
    Single-channel microphone/line/instrument preamp for 500 Series - every bit of classic API sound!
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
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    $895.00

    $850.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  2. API 512v 500 Series Microphone Preamp

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    MFR#: 512v
    500 series mic/line/instrument preamp that expands upon the legendary sound of the original 512c preamp with some modern features
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $995.00

    $945.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  3. API 535-LA 500 Series Line Amplifier

    MFR#: 535-LA
    Boost or attenuate line-level signals with API's signature warm, punchy sound
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $595.00

    $565.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  4. API 205L Direct Input

    MFR#: 205L
    Discrete direct input in the compact API 200 Series format
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    Ships directly from API Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $650.00

    $617.50
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  5. API 512C (Demo Deal)

    MFR#: 512C
    Single-channel microphone/line/instrument preamp for 500 Series – every bit of classic API sound!
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $850.25

    $770.95 (You Save 9.3%)

    No interest if paid in full within 6 months
  6. API 212L Microphone Preamp

    MFR#: 212L
    Classic discrete mic pre in the compact API 200 Series format
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    Ships directly from API Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $695.00

    $660.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  7. API A2D Mic Pre/Converter

    MFR#: A2D
    Dual 312 mic preamps with digital output - now with word clock feature
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    Ships directly from API Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $2,395.00

    $2,275.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  8. API 3124V 4-Channel Microphone/Line Preamp

    MFR#: 3124V
    Discrete 4-channel mic/line preamp
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    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $3,295.00

    $3,130.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  9. API 3124MV 4-Channel Microphone Preamp

    MFR#: 3124MV
    All-in-one 4-channel discrete mic/line preamp and stereo mixer that offers API’s legendary sound in a compact rack unit with an intuitive interface
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    Ships directly from API Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $3,795.00

    $3,605.25
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months

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Pairing the right microphone to the right preamplifier is key to achieving the best possible results in the recording studio. Preamps are what add that special magic when recording, for many years, engineers were limited to the preamps built directly into their large format console. Nowadays, there are so many outboard options available, you can get a variety of classic analog sounds, or modern aggressive sounding preamps to fit any style of music you may be working on.

Recording preamps come in all shapes and sizes, Vintage King offers everything from single channel preamps, to 32 channel preamps and more. Ranging from the standard rack-mountable design, desktop style, and 500 series modules. For home studio or production use, a single channel preamp or dual channel preamp might be the way to go. For a larger studio setup, you can look into the eight channel and beyond type setups. Get with your Vintage King sales engineer to find what is right for your studio setup.

When recording a vocal, you might want to go with a tube preamp such as the Universal Audio 6176, or Manley VoxBox. Tube preamps tend to be much softer sounding when in the sweet spot, or you can drive them to get a pleasant sounding tube overdrive, often heard on classic rock and Motown records.

When recording drums or guitars, you may want to go with a solid state preamp like the API 512c, or Neve 1073. These style preamps are typically much clearer sounding than a tube pre, and have more focus in the midrange frequencies. Overdrive them to get an amazing saturated signal, which is great for drums, guitar, bass, and sometimes vocals. The oversaturated solid state preamp sound is how The Beatles achieved the guitar tone on “Revolution”.