API 8-slot Lunchbox

8-slot 500 Series Rack with DB-25 Connectivity, Phantom Power, and Linkable Channels
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Take Your Whole 500 Series Rig on the Road!

Pack up and go with eight of your favorite 500 Series modules in this API 8-slot lunchbox. The 8-slot lunchbox offers a consistent 250mA across all eight slots, providing full compatibility with API 500 Series and VPR-approved modules. Onboard, you'll find all of the things that made the 6-slot (500-6B) chassis such a hit, such as DB-25 D-Sub connectivity for easy I/O and simple cabling, Phantom Power for condenser mics, and a rubber carrying handle, which you can swap for an optional rackmount kit (which you can get here at Sweetwater) for permanent installation. And, as an added bonus, the 8-slot lunchbox even includes toggle switches that allow you to conveniently link channels.

API 8-slot lunchbox 500 Series Chassis Features:
  • A handy and highly portable 8-slot 500 Series rack
  • All 8 slots consistently deliver 250mA of power
  • Fully compatible with API 500 Series and VPR-approved modules
  • DB-25 connectivity on rear panel keeps your I/O tidy and offers grab-and-go convenience
  • Phantom Power supplied for each slot
  • Toggle switches let you effortlessly link channels
  • Rubber feet and carrying handle provide amazing portability
  • Rugged steel chassis makes this lunchbox truly road worthy
  • Optional Rack Ears available for rack mounting
Take a full set of 500 Series modules on the road with this 8-slot lunchbox from API!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Slots 8
Manufacturer Part Number 500-8

Customer Reviews

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The new API lunchbox is a fantastic unit with the quality you would expect from a name like API. 8 slots with 250mA per slot gives me enough power to run all of my 500 series gear. The DB25 connectivity on the rear also makes setting up connections a breeze. If you are looking for a new lunchbox I would highly recommend the API 8-B.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer


This is a great piece of gear - well made and easy to set up - and definitely affordable - it does a great job of running my 500 series pramps etc - I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into 500 series Preamps etc
Music background: Singer / songwriter

API Quality, Need I Say More?

The build quality on this is excellent, and by going with DSUB connections and a "stock" external power supply the cost is really attractive. I bought the rack ears for it and didn't realize I'd pretty much have to disassemble this thing in order to put ears on it, but the ears fit good and look nice, unlike some rack kits I've seen. My only suggestion on that is that API could reconfigure the rack ears to fit on without having to remove the handle and the rubber feet, and it would still fit in a rack and make converting it from a studio unit to mobile unit quick and easy all in all a great item with little room for improvement.
Music background: Professional Producer, Engineer, Musician

Great Value

When I was shopping for a 500 series box for my modules two things considered were value and strong build quality. With the API name you can't go wrong you get both. You might pay a bit more but it is worth every dime especially when you consider resale value.
Music background: Professional Musician, Drummer, Composer

So far so good

I only have 2 modules in this right now so my review is limited to that. The big downfall for me is no power switch. in my setup that really causes some issues for me. I do like the linking switches in the back. I can see where the db25 connectors could be hated or liked but for me I make all of my own cables so this isn't an issue and I really like the cleanliness of db25 anyway. But be prepared to spend some money on breakout cables. They aren't cheap.
Music background: Musician, engineer
See also: API, API 500 Series Chassis