So what’s that all about then??
The lunchbox system was developed by API to house their series of modules, including famous EQs and compressors such as the API 550a, 550b & 560 EQs and the 527 compressor.
The great thing is that you can mix and match which modules you want, to create your own collection of processors in a convenient, portable, powered rack unit.
The choice of modules available is staggering, with heavyweights such as Neve and SSL getting involved with their own 500-series modules such as the famous 1073 preamp from Neve and the SSL series EQ and dynamics.
The first module I chose was the Elysia Xpressor, a Mono/Stereo compressor that is getting a whole lot of love online, especially on the Gearslutz forum for it’s transparent compression and high-end sound. The unit is a workhorse bus-compressor, meaning it will sound great on a drum sub-mix and even on the whole stereo mix thanks to it’s built-in high-pass filter meaning that the compressor doesn’t over-react to low-end material such as kick drums and bass guitar. The Xpressor also has a blend control so you can choose between a mixture of dry sound or compressed sound giving you access to instant parallel compression – real mix glue potential!
So what’s next to fill the 4 empty spaces?
I have my eye on several potential candidates – the problem is that I can see myself soon needing another lunchbox rack…hmmmmm…..
Lindell Audio make a rather nice Pultec-style passive EQ for a very reasonable price so a pair of them would be nice. They also make an 1176-style compressor which has a blend control too, and you can never have enough 1176s….
API 512c preamps would be nice for the classic API punchy sound – especially on guitars.
Neve 1073 preamps need no introduction…
An API 550a EQ would be a great choice, as would the API 560 graphic EQ, both of which I currently have as plugin versions from Waves – but the hardware would enable recording through them – always better in my book.
And then there are all kinds of other goodies from Shadowhills, Retro, Radial, Great River…..the list goes on!
Watch this space for more modules coming soon!