API have released the SV12 Compressor and SV14 4-Band EQ,two new 500-series modules which join their API Select range. Launched in 2021, the Select range features products that differ in design from the company's usual offerings. All of the products are designed, built and tested at the API factory in Jessup, Maryland, and are intended to compliment API’s classic line of mic pres, equalisers and compressors.
The API Select SV12 compressor features the original circuit designed for the ATI Paragon live analogue mixing consoles, which has been re-engineered for the 500 Series format. The module promises to offer comprehensive and easy to use compression, and features full LED metering of both output and gain reduction levels.
The unit is also equipped with API’s patented THRUST circuitry, which helps to protect an audio signal’s sensitive high frequency content under even the most vigorous of compression ratios. A Link switch allows two modules to be linked for use as a stereo compressor, with true RMS power summing of the left and right signals.
The API Select SV14 is another design rooted in API’s history, featuring a re-engineered circuit from the highly sought-after APSI 562 EQ units which were distributed by API during the 1970s and 1980s.
Offering parametric equalisation at an affordable price point, the module employs a transformer balanced output and dual concentric knobs which provide continuously variable control over boost and cut as well as frequency selection.
"It has been exciting to re-introduce the audio community to products that are based on technology and experience we've acquired over the years but which don't necessarily conform to API's classic component structure or topography. The API Select line gives us the opportunity to design and manufacture gear that's very high quality, but that's different from API's legendary line of classic products. The SV12 and SV14 are welcome additions to the API Select family." - Larry Droppa, API President
Pricing & Availability
Both modules have an MSRP of $595, and are available now through authorised API dealers.