API has introduced its new eight-slot 500-8 lunchbox at the 2014 NAMM Show. The new eight-slot model is priced the same as the six-slot 500-6 lunchbox, effectively giving new purchasers two free slots. Moreover, the new 500-8B includes all of the features that have made the 500-6B so well regarded in the industry, including DB-25 (D-Sub) connectors for easy I/O, universal power supply (100 or 250V, 47 to 63Hz), phantom power, and easy rack-mounting with optional rack-ear kit for robust performance, and new toggle switches for channel linking.
Larry Droppa, president of API, told us, "Listening to our end users is key to our product development. As we add new 500 series modules to our line, including the new 505-DI and 565 Filter Bank, it was only natural to add two more slots to the 500-6 lunchbox. And to make it even sweeter, we decided to offer the 500-8 lunchbox at the same price as the 6."
API has also introduced two new members of its 500-series modular signal processing line: the 505 DI direct input and the 565 filter bank. THey say that both modules possess API's legendary sound and fit all 500-series chassis, including the API Lunchbox and the API 1608 small-format analog console.
The 505 DI includes gain control, adjustable tone control, a bright switch, a 20dB pad, switchable 100/400k Ohm load impedance, and Thru connectivity. Like the console-based API 205L, the 505 DI is specifically designed to accept a guitar, bass or keyboard direct input while minimizing any loading effect on Hi-Z instrument pickups
The 565 Filter Bank includes a sweepable low-pass filter (500Hz to 20kHz, -12 or -18dB slope), a sweepable high-pass filter (20Hz to 400Hz, -6 or -12dB slope), and a variable notch filter (fully sweepable between 20Hz and 20kHz). The 565 circuits are true to the musical filters of the famed 215 module found in large format API consoles.
Larry Droppa added, "Since it's inception, the API 500 Series has dominated the ever-growing group of 500 Series products. At API, we innovate by design and keep delivering modules that outperform the competition and continue to give our end users the sound and performance they've come to expect from API. Both of these new modules address a specific need while keeping the integrity of the API module product line."
Pricing and Availability:
500-8 lunchbox MSRP: $499.00
505 DI and the 565 Filter Bank MSRPs: $595.00 each
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