API 500-6B Lunchbox

6-slot Empty Chassis For API 500 Series Modules with Built-in Power Supply
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6-slot Chassis For Modular API Gear!

The API 500-6B is a 6-slot Lunchbox chassis for holding up to 6 API standard-format modules. With it, you can develop your own custom rig of API gear, mixing and matching API's first-class modular preamp, EQ, and compressor selection. The API 500-6B features a 48-volt internal phantom power supply and is self-powered. It's got a rugged steel chassis, rubber feet, and a sturdy carrying handle, so it's portable enough to take with you and set up. Get ready for classic API sound and load up with the API 500-6B.

API 500-6B 6-slot Chassis for API Modules Features:
  • Holds 6 API standard modules
  • 215mA per slot
  • DB-25 connectors for easy input and output connection
  • XLRs to access channels 7 and 8 of the multipins
  • Power rail LED indication
  • Self-Powered, 100 to 250 Volts switchable, 47 to 63Hz
  • Rubber feet & carrying handle for portability
  • Rugged steel chassis
  • Perfect for remote recording of Vocalist and Instruments
The API 500-6B is a 6-slot Lunchbox chassis, ready to be loaded with API modules!

Quality Gear From API
In 1968, Automated Processes Inc. began building quality consoles for broadcast applications. Soon, the company's products found favor with recording studios, and a string of industry-leading advancements (including computerized console automation, the first VCA, and more) followed. API produced the 2520 amplifier, one of the most famous op-amps in the recording industry, and their consoles and products found homes in such iconic studio facilities as Ocean Way, the Record Plant, and Sunset Sound, among others. In fact, there are over 700 classic API consoles around the globe — many of which are still in use. And the company certainly isn't resting on its laurels; today's API products give you the same unbeatable combination of utility, innovation, and great sound.

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500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Slots 6
Manufacturer Part Number 500-6B (Updated)

Customer Reviews

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API 500-6B

I'll tell you what, I was thinking about getting all pre amp stand alone units, then, I thought about it for some time and decided to go with a lunchbox instead.... I am really glad that I went this route, so versatile and instead of putting it in the rack cabinet (you can with rack ears) and just sitting it on my workstation desk top, sure brings some connivence...The nice thing is, it's totally portable, you never know when you want to do a vocal track in the bathroom... hahahaha... The API lunchbox is built like a tank too and made in the U.S.A..... You can't go wrong with any API product.... Thanks to my main man Will Newbill, he always takes care of me.... Mike

The build quality is amazing and it looks great in my rack! I'll be getting their 10 slot soon. After getting a few 500 series units I know I will be getting more! Way easy to pop them in and out too!
Music background: 10 years Recording Engineer/Producer/Guitar Player/Studio owner

API 500... nice!

Great item as recommended by my Sweetwater Rep Tony Dayton. The API 500 does what it's supposed to do and it also gives me other options to play with. Sometimes when you don't feel like spending a gazillion dollars on mic pres and what not... the 500 series gives you cheaper options, but still with great sounding hardware. The API is very strong and of good build.
Music background: Band-leader, songwriter, engineer

Must have

Great for home recording studios. Solid build. Does what it supposed to do flawlessly. Never had any issue with power or module incompatibility. Portability is a plus. Great piece.
Music background: Hobbyist

This is the standard 500 chassis for a reason!

Really good looking hardware.... very well built.
Music background: Recording and Live Sound Engineer
See also: API, API 500 Series Chassis