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Microphone Month 3

API A2D Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from United States November 21, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician


    I bought the A2D earlier this year, and I am blown away by the way this unit sounds. This is my go to pre for kick, snare, aggressive style vocals, and guitar cabs. I would recommend this pre amp to just about any one looking for the API sound.

  • from Tucson, Arizona March 30, 2011Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Musician , Awesome dude.


    Api usually wires things pretty damn hot (not always a great thing) but the A2D is perfect for drums and guitars. Getting a great source for a fair price!

  • from Nashville October 21, 2010Music Background:
    Producer, Musician, Engineer


    I have used several different models of API pres, and these sound great. Its a great deal for the price to get 2 API pres and 2 professional converters. Use the spdif out to take your mbox/003 tracking up a notch. These pres are very versatile and can make almost any instrument sound great.

  • from Covington, Ky (Cincinnati, OH) August 16, 2010Music Background:
    Audio Engineer/Producer/Studio Owner

    It's API

    The Pre - I've owned this unit for about three years now. It get's used on every project I track. It's the API sound. What more could you want? When tracking drums, it usually ends up on kick and snare, but you could put it anywhere and it would sound great. It works well with ribbons, condensers, and dynamic mics. It's a really good vocal pre, but won't work for everybody.

    The AD - the conversion is top notch. I have SSL, Focusrite, DBX, and Digidesign converters. The API are among the best. And you can adjust how hard the converters are hit, separate from the pre, so you can really drive the pre (which can sound fantastic on some sources) and not peak your converters. Great feature.

    The Routing - this is one of my favorite parts about this piece. You can patch into just the converters, allowing you to run through more analog gear, and back into the API for conversion. It's very versatile.

    the downside - I have no idea why, but most of these units shipped with superclock instead of word clock. You can ship them back to API for an upgrade to word clock, but it's ~$300. Having only superclock can be a real pain, if you're trying to interface with other digital gear that only has superclock. This is the only reason I didn't give this unit five stars. Other than that, this has everything you need in a preamp/converter.

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