API 5500 Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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from bethesda, md
May 15, 2013Music Background:
producer and engineer
absolutely incrediblethis was my first hardware equalizer purchase and i must say i made a great choice. no matter what else i get, i will never sell this piece. it sounds just awesome. for bass, it may be the best eq out there. adding punch or weight to drums or a bass is a breeze. i also have the api 2500 and the combination is unreal. for drum buss its incredibly powerful, but i also use it on the mix buss, for guitars and synths, bass lines, and even vocals. i love api.. their stuff always sounds amazing
September 4, 2011
WOW!All I can say is wow! This is the best piece of gear I have ever bought. It sounds amazing on the 2 bus. Exactly what I was looking for. Don't think just buy it!
from Beverly Hills, Ca.
October 10, 2012Music Background:
Play With Sly & the Family Stone 1974-77 We have Billborad #13 charted Records In The Past
API 5500GREAT EQ SMOOTH AS BUTTER SOUND IS WARM TRANSFORMER BASE OLD SCHOOL THICKNESS. ANYTHING YOU RUN THROUGH SOUND BETTER. SOUNDS AS GOOD OR BETTER THEN ANY EQ ON THE MARKET. NOT SURGICAL LIKE OUR MANLEY MASSIVE PASSIVE BUT IT TONE IS AS GOOD. HAS IT'S OWN UNIQUE SMOOTHNESS & TONE NOT BRITTLE AT ALL. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT WE USE IT AS A STEREO BUSS, BUT WE HAVE FINALIZED AND MASTERED WITH IT HAS THAT GREAT TONALITY. SUPERB NOT SURGICAL FOR DIALING IN OR OUT NAT HAIRS. WE US THE LIL FREQ AND MASSIVE PASSIVE THOUGH NOT SURGICAL SOUNDS BETTER THEN THE LIL FREQ EMPIRICAL LABS, BUT THE LIL FREQ IS VERY VERY SURGICAL IF THIS HELPS.
FOR TONE GO API 5500 ITS THE BOSS.
from Seattle, WA
April 18, 2012Music Background:
beats and bass
Quality Stereo EQ with serious clarityWhat it does is great. Hard to beat, serious. Just running audio through it brings a crispness, but not harsh. The 22hz slight bass boost is pure joy. The only thing that I'm knocking it for is that it has no HPF or LPF. But, that leaves me to drool for the BAX, so no hard feelings.
September 29, 2011Music Background:
Producer, Composer, Recording Engineer
This is what I was looking for!I had purchased the Bax EQ some time ago and all though I appreciated the high and low pass filters, It was just way to subtle and way to limited in what it does for me. This API 5500 fits my needs much better!
It's very clean and punchy and it opens up my mixes and brings them to life. If you need it to be more subtle (for mastering applications), the range control allows you to do that by cutting the amplitude by 1/2 or 1/4 increments. In addition, the controls are stepped which is also very useful for mastering apps. I also appreciate the power button being on the face of the unit as opposed to the back like the BAX EQ. You have every frequency you can think of available to work with and I think it's brilliant that the Q adjusts proportionally. In other words, With mild boost or cut you get a wide bandwith, as you increase the boost or cut the bandwith narrows.