Automated Processes Inc. (API) has unveiled an exciting new line of pro audio gear, called API Select. Designed, built and tested at the API factory in Jessup Maryland, API Select is specifically engineered to complement API's classic mix of mic pre's, equalizers and compressors.
"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."
API is introducing several different API Select products to mark the new line's debut. Rack mount gear includes the T12 Tube Mic Preamplifier, the T25 Tube Compressor, the SR22 Dual Channel Compressor, and the SR24 Dual Channel Equalizer. Two new guitar pedals complete the line's introduction; the TranZformer GTR for guitar equalization and the TranZformer CMP for compression effects. Both pedals are designed to fit into a standard pedalboard and both use standard 9 volt power supplies.
"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."
Units are now shipping, and all API Select products feature API’s industry-exclusive Five Year Warranty.