API 550A Saul Walker EditionItem ID: API550ASW
LTD Modular 3-band Equalizer, 500 Series, With 5 API-selected Frequency Centers, 12dB of Boost/Cut Per Band, Proportional Q Control, Custom Faceplate, and Saul Walker Signature
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A LTD Edition, Collectible Reissue of an EQ Legend!The API 550A Saul Walker Edition bears the name of legendary API founder Saul Walker. In its own right, the API 550A is a legendary EQ — embraced in top recording circles since the late 60s, and a standard by which countless EQs have been judged. Here, in the API 550A Saul Walker Edition, you get the reissue of the classic EQ, with a special custom faceplate. And propelling it into collectible status, the API 550A Saul Walker Edition also bears the signature of its designer: Saul Walker himself. Choose unbelievable sound — and a piece of recording history — with the LTD Edition API 550A Saul Walker Edition.
API 550A Saul Walker Edition LTD Edition 500 Series Modular 3-band Equalizer at a Glance:
Collectible: features API founder Saul Walker's signature plus a custom faceplate
The API 550A is a legendary EQ. And here, with the API 550A Saul Walker Edition, you've got the chance to own both a legendary studio tool and a collectible tribute to recording history. This special 3-band equalizer features the same circuitry as its current reissue counterpart, but has a custom faceplate and a signature by luminary API founder, Saul Walker.
A true classic, reintroduced in 2004 by popular demand
Few equalizers enjoy the respect and admiration of the coveted API 550A — let alone the collectible 550A Saul Walker Edition. Designed by now-legendary API founder Saul Walker in the late 60s, the discrete 550A was first used as a modular OEM equalizer. As the industry rapidly embraced the sonic quality of the 550A, it quickly found its way into many custom console designs by Frank DeMedio and other leading engineers. Many of these consoles are still in use today. Forty years later, the 550A classic and reissue and the 550A Saul Walker Edition remain the standards against which countless EQs are measured, and have played major roles in the recording industry. Imitated but never duplicated, the 550A became API's standard channel module EQ when the company began manufacturing consoles in 1971. With virtually all existing units spoken for, popular demand for this EQ resulted in API finally resuming production of the API 550A in 2004.
Gives you an amazing level of control
The API 550A Saul Walker Edition provides reciprocal equalization at 15 points in 5 steps of boost to a maximum of 12dB of gain at each point. The fifteen equalization points are divided into three overlapping ranges. The high- and low-frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter may be inserted independently of all other selected equalization settings. The API 550A Saul Walker Edition's frequency ranges and boost/cut are selected by three dual-concentric switches, and a pushbutton "in" switch allows the EQ to be silently introduced to the signal path. A small toggle switch is used to insert the band-pass filter into the 550A Saul Walker Edition.
API's 500 Series: Long-term flexibility, lasting value
The beauty of the entire API 500 Series is its long-term flexibility and lasting value — especially when you consider that needs change over time. With a range of mounting frame options, the API 550A Saul Walker Edition will be a valuable asset to your ever-changing studio rigs. It's also ruggedly designed with sound you just won't outgrow — crafted to be your sonic partner for year after year after year.
API 550A Saul Walker Edition LTD Edition 500 Series Modular 3-band Equalizer Features:
The API 550A Saul Walker Edition is a benchmark 3-band equalizer for 40+ decades and is now available as a LTD Edition collectible reissue!
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