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The API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp

Brings it to life

“I have been mixing "in the box" for the last 10 years and finally decided to venture out and pick up my first piece of outboard gear. I was browsing different types of channel strips and preamps, figuring it'd probably be the most important and first component to build into my signal chain.

“I was looking for something with two channels because I often record with stereo synthesizers, and will occasionally mic instruments with two mics. There arent too many 2 channel preamp or channel strip options out there, but this one caught my eye. I was hesitant since it was so new when I purchased it, but I've grown to appreciate the API sound from the API plugin emulations I've used over the years, and it had the two channels I needed AND tubes on board.

“I got it set up and plugged my bass into it, and it instantly sounded big and musical. It was so fat, warm, and round. Next I tried my Juno 106 and it sounded like it was alive. Everything has just sounded like it has some extra vibrancy and life to it.

— Alexander Thomas from Phoenix, Arizona

  • All-tube, Class-A microphone preamplifier
  • Proprietary AP2516 input transformer
  • Audio circuit uses 12AT7WC and 12BH7, dual-triode vacuum tubes
  • Custom API output transformer
  • Variable microphone input impedance
  • Switchable 48-volt phantom power
  • High-impedance, unbalanced 1/4" instrument input
  • MIC/HI-Z input switch
  • -20dB input pad
  • 11-step detented preamp gain control
  • Low-cut filter with 3 fixed frequencies
  • 11-step detented output trim with 0.5dB steps for precise control
  • Detented controls for accurate recall and channel matching
  • LED peak indicator
  • Classic analog VU meters for output
  • XLR and 1/4" TRS output connections

The API Select T12 is a classic 2-channel, all-tube, Class-A microphone preamplifier designed with API's proprietary AP2516 transformer in the input stage and a custom API transformer on the output stage. Built with 12AT7WC and 12BH7 dual-triode vacuum tubes, the T12 represents a new and exciting variation in API's preamplifier technology and provides the user with unique tonal options. The T12 can handle a wide range of production applications including stereo operation. Carefully engineered to deliver classic tube performance and sound, the T12 delivers API's famous warmth, punch and clarity in an all-new way and features our industry-exclusive Five Year Warranty.