API has established a brand new line of analog signal processing products, Arsenal Audio. The new line provides an outlet for the company to innovate and expand beyond the core technology on which API has built its reputation since it was established in the late 1960s. Arsenal Audio will launch at Summer NAMM in Nashville with an initial offering of three new products, the R20 two-channel mic pre and the R24 two-channel four-band EQ, plus the V14 four-band VPR 500 format equalizer.
Arsenal Audio products feature robust design standards in a solid, reliable package, providing user confidence in both the audio performance and the build quality. Each unit is hand assembled and designed to provide years of great sounding, analog audio performance at a surprisingly affordable price.
The Arsenal R20 is a meticulously detailed and solidly constructed dual-channel microphone preamplifier. Designed from the ground up by API’s design team, the R20 features low-noise, high-quality inputs for both mic and instrument in a rack-mount chassis with internal power supply. Each channel includes rotary gain control plus individual toggle switches for phantom power, phase, pad and mic/instrument input selection.
The dual mic preamps each offer up to 55dB of gain, while each front panel, high-impedance instrument input provides a maximum of 31dB of gain. Each channel’s pad switch attenuates the mic input by -20dB, or the instrument input by -10dB. A pair of traditional analog VU meters with separate peak indicators is used for output metering. Both XLR and 1/4″ outputs are fully balanced.
The Arsenal R24 features two identical channels of equalization modeled after the classic APSI model 562. The R24 is rack-mounted with internal power supply and delivers an affordable combination of rugged construction and solid performance. Individual continuously variable control knobs allow for separate adjustment of frequency and gain. All four bands are peak/dipping parametric design with 12dB of boost/cut per band. EQ in/out is controlled by classic toggle switches. The Arsenal R24 includes a custom transformer-balanced output with extended headroom of +23dB.
The Arsenal V14 is an extremely high-quality four-band equalizer modeled after the classic APSI model 562 EQ, and is designed for the popular API VPR 500 series rack format. Controls include dual concentric pots providing continuously variable adjustment of frequency and gain, plus an EQ in/out switch. All four bands offer peak/dipping parametric configuration with 12dB of boost/cut per band. The Arsenal V14 includes a custom transformer-balanced output with extended headroom of +24dB.
“We’re excited about establishing a new brand that compliments API so well,” said Larry Droppa, API’s president. “Arsenal Audio allows us to offer different technologies, and a different set of creative tools, to help people make music, which is exactly what API has been doing for decades.”