API 527Item ID: API527
VCA-based 500 Series Compressor/limiter with 2510 and 2520 Discrete Op-amps
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Classic and Modern API CompressionThe API 527 compressor/limiter brings the same incredible character and response to your 500 Series rack found in their 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor. Featuring both API's newer "feed forward" and original "feed back" gain reduction methods, the 527 covers a wide range of tone - from classic warmth to modern precision. The 527 also offers you API's famous "over-easy" soft knee type, with the option of engaging a hard knee for limiting. A wide range of threshold, attack, and decay settings give you an extended degree of control over your compression, and the 527's detented attack and decay knobs make recalling your favorite settings easy and reliable. And since the API 527 uses both 2510 and 2520 discrete op-amps, it give you signature API sound.
API 527 500-series-format Compressor/Limiter Features at a Glance:
Give your 500 Series rack the real sound of API compression, with an API 527 compressor/limiter!
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
wonderful and effective !!
by Giovanni Rios from Miami, FL USAwonderful and effective compressor and limiter. API 527 compressor is great especially on vocals, guitar, percussion etc. etc. try it and see.
May 19, 2011
Music Background: Singer & Music Producer
Wow! Great Compressor/Limiter
by Giovanni Rios from Miami, FL USAAPI is truly! the compressor / limiter API 527 is wonderful, natural produce incredible clarity and does not color the signal. Good use on vocals, guitar, percussion, bass etc. etc. Try it and see.
May 11, 2011
Music Background: Singer & Music Producer
Sensational, The new standard!!
by HH from Nashville, TNI was nervous about this because no one had reviewed it yet, well let me help you out. This is one of the most versatile compressors period! I'm working now with an A-list producer in nashville and he... read more [+] picked this for our lead vocal compressor! It's been great for anything we've tried it on! AMAZING!!!! close [-]
November 6, 2010
Music Background: Artist, Writer, Producer
by Jeff from Morganton, NCEverything I thought it would be!
January 31, 2012
Music Background: Home Studio, Pro Musician
Good Utilitarian Compressor
by chris jones from san francisco, caThis is my first/only outboard compressor for my home studio and when comparing it to the sounds of my plugin comps, well... there is no comparison.
September 26, 2011
Music Background: Songwriter
I have used this to track vocals (ve... read more [+]ry good in the "new" setting on "soft"), bass and guitars, and it's absolutely fantastic as a limiter in that it's fairly clean (not dark, or bright, just transparent with warmth).
I have also run drums, keys, and everything else through this in the mixing process, and it has a lot of attitude and creates the "grab" effect without much coloration. The "Thrust" feature is invaluable for letting you get the top end to sustain and pump without sacrificing the lows. This is an invaluable tool.
This is a great all-around compressor. Being able to switch between Old and New modes is like having two types in one, and the ability to link 2 of these is a great way to get close to the 2500 sound on a budget (I want this setup as my buss compressor eventually).
Criticisms are that it took me about a month to get used to the settings on this thing: The multiple modes are actually overwhelming and the attack/release/ratio settings are really different from other types of comps I have used. To make matters worse, the old and new settings completely change the character of the unit, making it necessary to readjust between the two (you can't just A/B the switch usually). The sacrifice for versatility is that it's not a "set-it-and-forget-it" type comp. It takes a lot of tweaking to get things right.
That being said, this is an all-around great compressor and if you can only have one, this will do everything you need it to. No complaints, other than it's making me want more types of comps! close [-]
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