Adding to the collection of products celebrating the company’s 50th Anniversary, API is pleased to announce the debut of two new limited edition units, the 862 50th Anniversary Edition Channel Strip and the 2500 50th Anniversary Edition Stereo Bus Compressor.

The 862 features a combination of the 550A EQ and 312 Mic Preamp 50th Anniversary Editions, integrating the original 500 Series pcb’s exactly as they were designed by API’s founder, the legendary Saul Walker. The result is a vintage-style, highly collectable and incredible sounding API classic. Each 862 Anniversary Edition is individually serialized denoting its status as part of a limited run of only 50 units. Painstakingly assembled and carefully hand wired, the 862 is a true work of art and a rare piece of recording history.

Next, the new 50th Anniversary Edition 2500 Bus Compressor features a vintage style optimized with a several new features, including flexible output mix blending, LED gain reduction meters, premium VU meters, and a 2U, gold-faced chassis. As with the 862, a limited run of 50 units will be produced. Carefully designed to deliver API’s signature analog sound, the 2500-AE delivers warmth, clarity and punch, whether used for subtle adjustments or heavy compression effects.

Please visit the 50th Anniversary Edition 862 and 2500 product pages for more information. Units are now shipping.

862 – 50th Anniversary Edition

MSRP: $3,600.00

Features

  • 35 dB of adjustable microphone input gain
  • Polarity flip, 48 V phantom power, and 20 dB pad switches
  • Insert switch to activate rear EQ input connection for 550A EQ section instead of 312 output
  • 3 bands of EQ in discrete steps to a maximum of 12 dB boost or cut and 5 frequencies per band
  • 550A EQ IN switch
  • High and Low bands shelf/peak selection switches
  • Switchable band pass filter toggle switch
  • Vintage style analog VU Meter (0VU = +4 dBu) and peak LED (+18 dBu), selectable 312 or 550A output
  • Limited Production with 50th Anniversary Faceplate — Individually Serialized (1-50)

Adding to API’s line of 50th Anniversary products, API’s 862 50th Anniversary Edition Channel Strip combines the 550A Anniversary Edition EQ and the 312 Anniversary Edition Mic Pre into a single, 19″ rackmount format. The 862 integrates the original 500 Series pcb’s exactly as they were designed by API’s founder, the legendary Saul Walker, and artfully merges them into a vintage-style, highly collectable and incredible sounding single 1U chassis.

Each 862 Anniversary Edition is individually serialized denoting its status as part of a limited run of only 50 units. Painstakingly assembled and carefully hand wired, the limited edition 862 a true work of art and a rare piece of recording history.

2500 – 50th Anniversary Edition

MSRP: $4,500.00

Features

  • Limited 50th Anniversary Edition: Only 50 units built
  • New Mix/Blend Circuit
  • “Over Threshold” LED illuminates when input audio crosses the set threshold
  • Patented THRUST® filter with 3 settings for frequency dependent side chain control
  • 3 selectable compressor curve KNEE settings
  • Selectable NEW or OLD type switch for feed-forward or feed-back operation
  • Preset or variable release time control
  • Variable Left/Right link with peak and RMS control voltage filters
  • Selectable automatic or manually variable make-up gain
  • Audio circuit uses 2510 and 2520 discrete op amps with transformer output
  • Premium stereo VU meters show selectable input or output
  • 10-segment stereo gain reduction meter
  • Full hard-wired relay bypass
  • Commemorative serial number plate

Adding to API’s line of limited edition 50th Anniversary products, API introduces the 2500 50th Anniversary Edition Stereo Bus Compressor. The 2500 is API’s flagship compressor and the 50th Anniversary Edition adds a few unique features to this highly-valued unit including flexible output mix blending, LED gain reduction meters, premium VU meters, and a 2U, gold-faced chassis.

Each 2500 Anniversary Edition is individually serialized denoting its status as part of a limited run of only fifty units. Carefully designed to deliver API’s signature analog sound, the 2500-AE delivers warmth, clarity and punch, whether used for subtle adjustments or heavy compression effects.