API 212L Discrete Microphone Preamp - 200 Series Legacy Module


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  • The tone of the 212L mic preamp finds its roots in the classic API 2488 series all discrete recording consoles, best known for the famed LA sound. This same mic preamp design is packaged into a compact module with features like a continuously adjustable Gain control and a unique 5 segment LED VU meter on each panel.

    • Wide range GAIN control
    • 20 dB Pad
    • 48v Phantom Power Switch
    • RE 115 K Mic input Transformer
    • LED VU Meter
    • Uses API 2520 Op-Amp
    • All Discrete Circuit
    • Transformer Coupled Inputs & Outputs to +28 dBu

    An audio chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Often, emphasis is placed on obtaining the highest quality microphones, while neglecting the integrity of the mic preamp. The API 212L microphone pre-amplifier is an integral part of the famous Legacy Series Console and is now available for the L200 Rack System. This modular unit incorporates the same circuit as the legendary API 512b, thus preserving its sonic qualities. This mic-pre articulates high frequencies with great detail, while delivering the big sounding, warm bottom end that API is famous for. Whether it's a live performance or the private setting of a studio session, the 212L will capture every nuance of the moment.

    The 212L mic-pre all discrete circuitry features the API 2520 op-amp, the RE 115 K input and the AP-2623 output transformer. A -20 dB pad is provided, allowing the level feeding the mic transformer to be reduced by 20 dB, while keeping the proper load on both the mic and transformer. 48V Phantom power can be locally switched on or off via the front panel switch. An LED VU meter provides a true VU indication of the mic pre output level. The low noise floor, together with a clip point over +28 dBm, makes this preamp suitable for the most extreme applications requiring the highest quality audio.

  • Input ImpedanceMic In 1500 Ohms
    Output Impedance85 Ohms, Transformer coupled, Balanced
    Maximum Input Level+2 dBu, No Pad, +18 dBu, with Pad In
    Gain55 dB max
    PAD20 dB, 1500/150 Ohm load
    Clipping Level+28 dBu
    Frequency Response0, -.3, 30 to 20 kHz
    Noise(Actual Measured Noise)
    Actual Measured Noise-102 dBu Unweighted, -125 dBu A Weighted 20-20 kHz
    THD + N.02% (+4 dB @ 2 kHz);.01% (+15 dB @ 2 kHz);.05% (-15 dB @ 2 kHz)
    Connectors.100 spaced ELCO
    Size1.25 X 2.65 X 6 Deep
    Shipping Weight/Actual Weight1.5 lbs/1 lb
    Power Consumption±16 Volts DC, 40mA max at +24 dBu out
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