API Mic Pre's

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by kkrouse@satx.rr.com, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. I am looking into purchasing some API 312's. I am looking at the vintage pre's with the original 2520 op amp and also the new 3124p with the new surface mount technology 2520 op amp. I understand there is a difference in sound between the two. Has anyone a/b'd these? If so what were your findings? How is the top end? Does one have more punch than the other? Is one tighter on bottom one than the other? Do you like one better overall than the other? Any other info on api pre's would be helpful.

    I will be recording hard rock drums with them. I realize opinions will be subjective but any opinions or information would be greatly appreciated.


  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I like my new ones, I dont know the old ones.
    Mine are the 'old new ones' with the phantom power switches on the back (PITA) but I like the look of em better that the newest versions with the colored plastic buttons.. All I can recommend is that if you DO go for the new ones be sure to get the mixer option, I regret not getting it on my 3124 unit. :)
  3. Thanks Julian, I am going to get the api Pre's I am just trying to figure on the old or new. I appreciate the input you have given.

  4. Dan-O

    Dan-O Guest

    I have a new 3124 (without the mixer unfortunately. Just couldn't afford it)and it sounds fantastic. I don't have an a/b comparison for you just that they sound great.

  5. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    I would buy old, and save a few bucks.

    API 312 Pre's,refurbished by Brent Averill will run you $549; whereas new ones from API (the 500c) will cost $825.

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