API® Preamp

API® Preamp

Unison Enabled

$149.00

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$149.00
4.9/5
(95 reviews)

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Get the hit-making color and tone of API's iconic 212L preamp.

From Fleetwood Mac’s classic, Rumours to Radiohead's In Rainbows, API preamps have shaped hit albums with stunning punch, presence, and color for over 50 years.

Now, you can easily add that same clarity, character, and musically complex tone of this proven, hit‑making mic preamplifier in a simple Unison‑equipped plug‑in, perfect for Apollo owners.

Now You Can:

Get the world’s only authentic plug-in emulation of the legendary Class-A, API 212L mic preamp, with added features from API’s flagship Vision console

Record "through" the legendary API preamp in real time using Apollo interfaces, with low DSP use

Easily color your tracks with musical punch, clarity, and character with an unequaled emulation of complex, nonlinear circuit behaviors

Control Apollo mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the API Preamp plug-in via Unison technology

Capturing a Legend with Unison

Capturing a Legend with Unison

The classic API 212L preamp's forward attitude, low‑end punch, and detailed‑yet‑warm high end is famous for giving vocals, drums, and more a satisfying tone with rich character. Harnessing UA's groundbreaking Unison technology, the API Preamp plug‑in is the only complete emulation of API's hallowed preamp circuit, giving you the vintage hardware’s gain staging “sweet spots,” and nonlinear circuit behaviors. The secret is Unison’s bi‑directional control and communication from the API Preamp plug‑in to the mic preamps in Apollo interfaces.

Give Your Tracks the Sound of Legendary Albums

Give Your Tracks the Sound of Legendary Albums

Like the original sought-after hardware, the API Preamp plug‑in adds characteristic punch and musical definition. Plus, you get the same features found in API's flagship Vision Console, including a Mic/Line switch, dedicated cut filter, and ‑6 dB Line pad. Simply drop the API Preamp into the Unison slot of Apollo's Console software or LUNA channel strip to add instant character to vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, and more with the hit‑making tone that can only come from API.

Add Punch and Character to Any Source

Add Punch and Character to Any Source

Of course, the API Preamp plug‑in isn’t just for Apollo interface owners. UAD hardware owners can harness the color of the API Preamp plug‑in for mixing and tone shaping — without ever leaving the box. Thanks to its lower DSP usage, you can easily place the API Preamp plug‑in instances across multiple channels, turning your favorite DAW into a classic API analog desk.

Features

The first authentic emulation of API analog summing

Adds power, clarity, and mid-forward punch to your mixes

Per-bus Headroom and Trim controls for professional tone sculpting over your entire mix

Sum individual channels or your entire mix through API's hallowed bus or master summing modules

Customer Reviews

API Preamp

Overall Rating

4.9/5
(95 reviews)

C. Knight

January 18, 2022

This is actually great and welcomed!!

Thanks for this, it's perfect for quick mixing.

P. Radivojevic

January 18, 2022

Pure API sound without any fuss

Pure API sound straight to your Apollo

Same clean signature API sound as it's big brother but less DSP use. I have not regret having both. UAD nailed it on this one!

A. Mladenović

January 17, 2022

Great pre!

This is one of my favorites for recording drums and vocals with my x8p!

R. Walsh

January 15, 2022

Variety

I like preamps. I have most that UAD offers. Each has a different sound. The API was the latest I have purchased. It should have been the first.

C. Sanchez Gebauer

January 14, 2022

api preamp

excelente ponch

S. Wright

January 14, 2022

LOVE IT!!

This is it, if your looking too be radio ready, I highly recommend this one, the best pre amp they've made by far & not as expensive which a STEAL. Love it!!

e. ceric

January 11, 2022

Excellent!

I love it

t. takamasa

January 11, 2022

Best Preamp!!

Amazing Preamp!!

V. Derbenev

January 10, 2022

Good Preamp !!!

Feels like using a real console !

B. Byc

January 8, 2022

Best MID

Low DSP but good sound

J. Gravel

January 5, 2022

API pre

API pre has a strong character!

K. Inzelrac

January 5, 2022

Elegant and Warm

Straight to the point, precise and warm. Set your gain for acquisition with api pre, and then workaround with your fav’ channel Stip…Perfect match with the rest of the API gear.

J. Ohlsson

January 5, 2022

Smashing on drums!

Great to get that punchy drums sounds!

C. Guglielmello

January 5, 2022

Fantastic!

I love its saturation especially on mixes.

J. Slavin

December 31, 2021

More Quality pre

Like all the UAD prese …. Nice, and a new subtle variation to play with

G. Mol

December 25, 2021

Nice Harmonics added

I used this great API preamp on the recording of a classic Larrivee D10 i used in a recent project. Really made the recording come to life!!!

B. Stanisic

December 23, 2021

very nice saturation...

api preamp gives life to music...

K. Jones

December 22, 2021

Dope

Dope dope

A. Mitrofanov

December 21, 2021

Amazing sound

Best Preamp!

b. chamberland

December 21, 2021

Powerful

Like everything i buy from u .. Im really happy .. Never disapointed
Uad is the best plugin around the world for real