API The Channel Strip

Channel Strip with Preamp, Compressor, EQ, and Line Driver Modules plus Insert Point and Sidechain Input
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Your Complete Front-end Solution!

API's famous lunchbox concept has garnered widespread popularity among studio types who love "pick and choose" flexibility, in a compact format. With The Channel Strip, API does the "choosing" work for you, offering a money-saving bundle of a completely decked-out front end. As so many users have paired the 512c Mic Pre, the 550a EQ, the 527 Compressor, and the 325 Line Driver, API has now packaged them together for your instant sonic enjoyment.

API The Channel Strip Features:
  • Complete front-end solution with API console sound
  • Includes the 512c Mic Pre, the 550a EQ, and the 527 Compressor
  • Also includes the 325 Line Driver
  • Adds an insert point and sidechain input
API's The Channel Strip packs all your front-end solutions into a single rackspace!

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Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z), 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR
Other I/O 8 x 1/4" (Pre Out, FX 1-2 In/Out, Insert Return, Comp SC In, DC Link), 1 x 9-Pin (Ext Control)
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 11.5"
Width 19"
Weight 10.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TheChannelStrip

Customer Reviews

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Everything flows seamlessly through this channel strip. It definitely outperforms my hopes. Whatever you put in front of this it captures it and molds it beyond expectation. That's why I have two! Why is this only the second review blows my mind....
Music background: Hobbyist

API, Oh How I've MIssed You!

I ran a studio back in the 90s. Rack choices included Neve, Summit, Focusrite, Avalon and other very fine pieces but as often as not I'd go with the API. Circumstances compelled me to sell my studio about 13 years ago. I've since picked up an A-Designs Pacifica, LA-610, AEA RPQ, and Trident S40. All very fine gear, but when listening to recordings from the 90s I had to admit I felt something missing. I had the chance to pick up a demo Channel Strip. I was curious to see if the sound held up to what I was hearing in the old recordings. Within 15 minutes of hooking the box up, I was reminded why I am an API guy. Detail, muscle and an instantly recognizable sound that is more obvious as you layer tracks (that elusive quality that, for me, defines "high end"). The preamp sounds the way I remember, and while I love the 550A, I do miss the 550B a bit (though just a bit). It's frankly stunning how effective the EQ is. I don't know how they do it, but I never find myself thinking "I wish this cut/boost was only 1dB." It always seems to be just what I need. One thing I do regret is the LED meter used in the compressor. I find it a bit fussy, and not especially accurate. I would very much like to be able to see in detail what it's actually doing. There are many times when I hear it working, but the LED shows no compression at work. Of course we use out ears, there are many times where visual confirmation is invaluable. A VU meter would be killer, but I'm not sure they could make that work. The sound of the compression is sublime, and (for me) a reminder that plugins come nowhere near premium hardware. I love this box.
See also: API, API Channel Strips, API Preamps