New Gear Review: API 505 DI Module



The API 505 DI Direct Injection module is a new 500-series that fits the company’s consoles, API Lunchbox® as well as 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 input load impedance toggle, and a thru connection to your instrument/guitar/bass guitar amp.

With 55dB of total gain available, the API 505 DI amplifies your instrument’s signal output up to +4dB line level directly (pardon the pun)—without the need of a microphone pre-amp.

I also like the 10-segment front panel LED VU meter that ranges from -18dB to +9dB with peak overload indicator.

Like the console-based API 205L, the 505 DI is specifically designed to accept a guitar, bass or keyboard direct input while minimizing any of the loading effects that change the tone of your instrument’s high impedance pickups.

As a very handy addition to any 500 Series rack, the API 505 DI module sells for $595.



By: Barry Rudolph

MiniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com