API 2500Item ID: API2500
Stereo Compressor with "Old" and "New" Compression, "Thrust" Circuit, Auto or Manual Gain Makeup, Variable Threshold, and Sidechain
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Your Choice For Incredibly Musical Compression!If you're after versatile compression, the API 2500 is a stellar pick. This stereo bus compressor sports API's patented "thrust" circuit, which ensures you can snag a hearty, chest-hitting low end. While the API 2500 is set up for stereo compression, you can also use it as two separate units. However you use it, though, you'll have a range of compression styles to dial in - all musical, all incredibly usable. Use the "old"/"new" switch to choose among classic and modern compression vibes with your API 2500.
API 2500 Stereo Compressor at a Glance:
This stereo compressor's all about versatility and musicality
When you choose API, you know you're getting amazing sonic character. And with the API 2500, you've got a wide range of characters to choose among and dial in. To start, the API 2500 stereo compressor has API's patented "Thrust" highpass filter before its RMS detector, which leads the way to really punchy low end. There are also two types of compression onboard the API 2500 - "old" and "new." The old style uses the feedback type of compression found on the classic API525 while the new style uses a feedforward type, similar to many modern, popular compressors.
Mono capabilities and API's auto-makeup gain button
The API 2500 is stereo ready, but sports a variable link between the left and right channels, so you can put it to work on your mono sources. Whatever way you use it, you'll like having API's auto-makeup gain button on the output stage. It lets you vary the API 2500's threshold or ratio, while automatically maintaining a constant output level.
API's continuing legacy of innovation and sought-after sound
In 1968, Automated Processes Inc. began building quality consoles for broadcast applications. Soon, the company's products found favor with recording studios, and a string of industry-leading advancements (including computerized console automation, the first VCA, and more) followed. API produced the 2520 amplifier, one of the most famous op-amps in the recording industry, and their consoles and products found homes in such iconic studio facilities as Ocean Way, the Record Plant, and Sunset Sound, among others. In fact, there are over 700 classic API consoles around the globe - many of which are still in use. And the company certainly isn't resting on its laurels; today's API products give you the same unbeatable combination of utility, innovation, and great sound.
API 2500 Stereo Compressor Features:
The API 2500 stereo compressor delivers legendary API sonic quality with both old and new character!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
maybe the best buss comp ever...
by calin enache from washington, dcthe api 2500 is a true classic. for drum buss compression, it has the punchiest sound ive ever heard. the thrust lets you totally control your drum sound and its almost impossible to not have an impro... read more [+]vement after running it through this box... the sound of the transformers and op amps is just amazing. a little bit of fine tuning and the drums sound just massive. great from rock to rnb to pop to house to dubstep or anything else. its also quite amazing at mix buss compression, although i prefer an ssl type unit for that. if you want to purchase your first stereo comp, you really cannot go wrong with this guy. api is top notch and a classic for a reason.. seriously its worth every cent. if you like the waves plugin, this thing will blow you away! close [-]
May 15, 2013
Music Background: producer and engineer
by Carl from Bronx, NYGlad I bought it before the price jump... I love the plugin version so much I had to get the hardware version! This piece has definitely taken my rack and my mixes to another level!
August 30, 2012
Music Background: Artist, Producer Engineer
by Imago from KyFirst of all there is a reason why waves made an emulation of this compressor. Simply amazing! It adds just the right amount of punch to my drum tracks, and also sounds amazing on the backside of my... read more [+] Dangerous music 2-bus as a mix bus compressor. I haven't thrown anything at the 2500 that it can't handle. It's a beast. close [-]
February 3, 2010
Music Background: Recording/mixing engineer, producer
A very versatile compressor!!
by Irie Fire Studio fromThis is an amazing compressor with so much versatility. I had the plug-in version (which is also pretty good) but the difference between the two, and the warmth and different tone options and features... read more [+] you can get from this!! I am a satisfied customer. close [-]
December 10, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer/Musician
Cheryll, Lott, TX
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