API is expanding its Select series with two new 500-series modules. The API Select SV12 brings the compressor from the Paragon live consoles to your lunchbox, while the Select SV14 is a 4-band EQ based on the APSI 562. Both come with significantly lower price tags compared to API’s other 500-series modules.
API Select SV12
The API Select SV12 500-series module is based on the compressor circuit used in the ATI Paragon console. According to API, the single-channel compressor is designed for ease of use, while offering comprehensive compression capabilities. It offers variable threshold, ratio, and make-up gain controls and individual meters for output level (4 LEDs) and gain reduction (9 LEDs). In addition to a bypass switch, there’s a switch that toggles between hard and soft knee compression.
API has also integrated its patented THRUST circuitry. The manufacturer claims that this helps to preserve the high-frequency content of the material even at extreme ratio settings. Finally, there’s a link switch that allows you to link two units for use as a stereo compressor with true RMS power summing.
API Select SV14
When API introduced the Select range last year as a lower-cost alternative to its more expensive offerings, some were quick to point out the similarities between some of the Select devices and older gear by JDK Audio, another API side project from back in the day. The same seems to be true for the Select SV14, which looks extremely similar to the JDK V14.
According to API, the 4-band equalizer is based on the circuitry of the APSI 562 EQ – just like the V14. Each band features concentric knobs for continuous control of frequency and gain and up to 12 dB of boost or cut. The only other control is an EQ in/out switch. API says that the EQ features a custom output transformer and provides +24 dB of headroom.
Price and availability
Both new lunchbox modules are now shipping for an MSRP of USD 595 each.