What is the 500 series format?
Started by Automated Processes Inc. (API) to please a market which wanted modularity in their consoles with switchable preamps, eq’s and compressors, they standardized the format into what is known today as the 500 series format. This format made high end rack mounted hardware processors more affordable and portable. The fact that it was so portable meant that it could easily be carried around so it could be used in live recordings as well, all in a handy rack which could be customized to suit the need of the hour. Since API standardized this format a huge list of third party manufacturers have jumped on this bandwagon including brands like Rupert Neve, Heritage Audio, ShadowHill, SSL, Moog, Elysia, Tonelux, Lindell and many more! Today the 500 series format has exploded onto home studios and high end recording studios all over the globe giving engineers and producers an affordable access to otherwise really expensive and boutique gear.Read More