I like the API because you get good EQ and the Dynamics!
API sounds like the real 312 api preamps ive owned in that they make everything punchy and jump out which is great for percussion (especially if it lacks punch and is kinda lifeless)
For me i love the API sound and the Neve stuff is nice but does not add the Punch!
Just demo them and see! Make sure to use the API on anything you want to add punch too.
On drums the API shines!