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512v Discrete Mic / Line Pre

API has given the much-loved 512 preamp an overhaul. Mike Hillier looks to see what’s been done to improve on an industry-standard piece of kit…



10/10 MusicTiech

The 512 preamp is an American classic. If a Neve 1073 is a Roll’s Royce Silver Shadow – classically British, smooth and luxurious, then the 512 is a 1970s Dodge Challenger – typically American, bold, muscular and punchy.

Reworking a classic such as this isn’t easy. Users have come to expect a certain sound from the 512, and messing with that formula is likely to leave users unhappy. But if API can retain the sound, while adding new features, then it’s likely to have a hit on its hands.

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In this issue of MusicTech it's tips, tips and more tips… and a free calendar! Tips are always good and and this time, we’ve gone a little further: we’ve asked studios across the world, big and small, to offer their nuggets of wisdom. And they have, in their droves. So we have over 70 pro tips plus a calendar full of pictures of the best studios in the world! Elsewhere we have reviews of the plug-in that does your mixing, the new and rather incredible Keyscape from Spectrasonics and the latest modular synths – both reviews and tutorial. Add the usual software workshops, and over a 1GB of free samples and it's an end of year issue not to be missed!