In response to high market demand for built-in signal attenuation, API has launched a new 512v Microphone Preamp.
Incorporating every feature of the 512c, including API's proprietary transformers and 2520 op amp, the 512v also includes a variable output level control designed to meet the needs of audio professionals using DAWs or other input level-sensitive devices in their workflow.
The 512v offers 65 dB of gain as a mic preamp, 45 dB of gain as a line/instrument preamp, and a 20 dB pad switch that can be applied to the incoming signal (whether mic, line or instrument). The 512v also features a 3:1 output transformer tap switch that produces a lower output level, giving users the option of driving the transformer harder to achieve higher levels of saturation.
Also included are front and back panel mic input access, front panel combo-style XLR + 1/4in line/instrument input, an LED VU meter for gain level indication and a 48v phantom power switch, all built around the traditional API circuit design.
The 512v is designed to effectively eliminate the need for third party attenuators, and promises 'the same warm, analogue signal that audio professionals expect from API.' Like all of the manufacturer's products, the 512v comes with a five-year warranty as well.
The 512v has a US MSRP of $995, and units are now shipping.