Brian LegereJessup, MD (June 22, 2010)–API recently celebrated another milestone with delivery of the 10,000th 512C, which went to Toronto-based guitarist and composer Brian Legere.
Legere has been working in the Toronto-area for nearly 30 years–almost as long as the API 512C has been in production. A guitar player, Legere has worked in the studio with producer Daniel Lanois; both men grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. Legere’s compositions and guitar work can be heard on the Speed Channel’s Dream Car Garage and Chop Cut Rebuild.
The delivery of the 10,000th 512C modular mic preamp, a direct descendent of Saul Walker’s original 1967 design, comes on the heels of API’s 40th anniversary and the delivery of the 100th 1608 console. To mark the event, API president Larry Droppa dropped a note inside the 10,000th box; Legere received the unit, the note, and–complements of API–512C module number 10,001.
Legere purchased an API 500-6B Lunchbox from Canadian retailer Long & McQuade, along with the first two modular units to occupy it: API 512C preamps numbered 10,000 and 10,002–a nearly matched set. Little did he know that API was holding number 10,001 to give away as part of the celebration. “Now I have three 512Cs with consecutive serial numbers,” Legere laughed.
He continued, “I’ve been working in the studio for a long time, and I’ve come to appreciate the virtues of certain gear. The analog warmth of API’s discrete circuitry is something special. Now that I’m expanding the studio, it was easy to select the best equipment that I had used in the past. Of course, the API mic pres fall in that class. In my view, having great mics and great mic pres up front make all the difference to an otherwise digital recording. You can never lose your money buying a great mic or a great pre.”