A single of the coolest tendencies in recording products in the final ten years or so has been the emergence of API’s 500-series “Lunchbox” structure. The Lunchbox and other 500-series racks can supply electricity and housing 6-11 modules in a single 3RU chassis. These racks are excellent for DIYers like me love constructing electronics but will not possess the time, abilities, or resources to build their have racks.
Of training course, DIYers have identified means to have their have enjoyment with the 500-series. Eisen Audio’s Diy500 was the very first module to the scene. It provides a PCB, faceplate, and the other hardware essential to build a transformer in/out, DOA-centered (API, Twin Servo, et al) microphone preamp.
The subsequent to get there were being ClassicAPI’s preamps in the vintage API-design. Developed by a 1976 API console operator with a penchant for authenticity, the VP25/VP26 and the VP312 are precise clones of unique API circuits. ClassicAPI has also worked with other manufacturers to replicate the unique API iron and opamps. All of this would make the VPxx to closest point on the marketplace to a serious vintage API preamp, closer even than what is provided by API now.
A pair of a long time back some DIYers started out speaking about making a modular technique especially for Diy. The final result is 51x, a structure with the 500-series kind aspect but with additional +/-24v electricity rails. And final year the 51x Alliance brought out the 51x Alliance 511 Rack, a Diy, 3RU, 11-space rack with the choice for a 2RU electricity source. Now the Diy community has their have modular rack with a hefty PSU and the right voltages to electricity Neve preamps, a John Hardy DOAs, and so on.
Considering the fact that the Alliances large announcement, the community has exploded with new modules for the structure. Some, these kinds of as Don Classics Neve clone, Igor’s SSL buss compressor, and Common API’s VP312DI have now been release. Other people are on their way: [silent:arts] posted pics of an optical comp centered on the D-AOC and Igor intends to release a package for an 1176-design compressor. Jeff Steiger of ClassicAPI has even started out function on a 500-series/51x console (!!!) with the very first draft of a “second phase” fader and filter device now declared. It truly is a excellent time to Do It Oneself!