API Audio The Box
API Audio The Box
Legendary API Sound in a Compact Summing Mixer
If you record a few channels at a time but want the warmth and punch that a large-format API console delivers, Sweetwater has your front end: API’s The Box. Sporting the same circuitry and performance as API’s esteemed Vision, Legacy Plus, and 1608 boards, The Box is a compact summing mixer and recording console that delivers the legendary API “big console sound” in a smaller, more affordable package. The Box gives you four input channels, full center section control, 16 summing channels, assignable classic API compressors, and more. Tap into the legend, with The Box.
Analog warmth and punch — optimized for the digital era
Can’t afford a big API console for your DAW-based studio? No worries. Designed for professional project studios and production facilities, The Box is perfect for enhancing clinical-sounding digital stems and mixes with classic API analog warmth and punch. Optimized for the digital era, The Box delivers all the functionality you don’t get from your DAW, including mic preamps, input signal processing, a high-quality mix bus, cue sends with talkback, monitor control, and much more, while eliminating the redundant capacities of larger boards. You get the legendary all-discrete API sound in a compact, cost-effective package.
Record and mix in style
If you only record a few channels at a time, The Box makes a great front end for your studio. Channels 1 and 2 are equipped with preamps, filters, 550A EQs, inserts, assignable compression, and output routings. Channels 3 and 4 deliver the same features, but for an additional measure of flexibility, each has a 500 Series slot in place of the onboard EQ. When it’s time to mix, The Box gives you 16 dedicated summing input channels, as well as the four input channels, for a total of 20 channels. All channels, input and summing, sport a fader, mute, pan pot, program bus assignment, insert, solo, solo safe, and aux/cue sends. Unity-gain buttons on the summing channels let you bypass the faders and deliver the signal straight to the pan pots — a very useful feature when you’re mixing DAW tracks that already have fader and mute automation. And speaking of those 100mm long-throw faders, did we mention how incredible they feel?
With The Box, you are master of your studio
The Box’s comprehensive master section gives you controls for program bus insert and external inputs, aux and cue masters, solo master, VU meters, talkback, and a full-featured monitor section that supports two stereo speaker systems plus headphones. As a bonus, the master section includes two API 527 compressors that are assignable to the input channels when you’re recording, and to the program bus when you’re mixing.
API — a tradition of high-quality audio
In 1968, Automated Processes Inc. began building quality consoles for broadcast applications. Soon, the company’s products found favor with recording studios, and a string of industry-leading advancements (including computerized console automation, the first VCA, and more) followed. API produced the 2520 amplifier, one of the most famous op-amps in the recording industry, and their consoles and products found homes in such iconic studio facilities as The Hit Factory, Record Plant, Ocean Way, and Sunset Sound, among others. In fact, there are over 700 classic API consoles around the globe — many of which are still in use. And the company certainly isn’t resting on its laurels; today’s API products give you the same unbeatable combination of utility, innovation, and great sound.
API The Box Summing Mixer and Recording Console Features:
- 2 input channels with mic/instrument/line preamp, HP filter, and 500 Series slot with 550A EQ
- 2 input channels with mic/instrument/line preamp, HP filter, and 500 slot
- 2 compressors, assignable to input channels or program bus with stereo link
- 16 summing channels (20 channels during mix)
- Stereo program bus with master fader, insert, and external input
- 1 stereo and mono auxiliary sends/buses
- Stereo cue send/bus and headphone system
- PFL, AFL, and solo-in-place solo modes with stereo solo bus
- Full-featured monitor section that supports 2 stereo monitor systems
- Talkback system
- Comprehensive rear-panel connections with balanced inputs and outputs
- Integrated power supply