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API 2500 Reviews

5.0 stars based on 8 customer reviews
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  • from Melbourne FL May 2, 2017Music Background:
    Pro musician and engineer


    I have several pieces of API and the tone has never let me down. Previously I was using a Chameleon Labs bus compressor. I was never delighted with it's sound but it did do a good job of keeping the bass energy in a mix happening.

    We recently upgraded our mixing console and mastering loop on the Neve mixer I use, I wanted something to put some final polish on the mixes so the API came to live here. Zero regrets, this is a monster good sounding compressor.

    Setting the controls on this takes a while to get accustomed too. It's easy to overdo it. After you find the right settings for the material you're working on it's transparent until you bypass it and realize how much it was doing to smooth things out.

    The vintage feedback style is where I've ended up for topping off a mix and gluing things together. With the API 2500 things sound very smooth and polished plus the sound retains that full bottom end sound we've worked so hard to achieve.

    My GF/music partner thought I was nuts to spend this much on a stereo compressor but when she came into the control room and heard four live recordings by a three-piece boogie band I mixed yesterday she got it and was grinning ear to ear about our new toy. All the tunes are grooving in a very positive way because all the parts are working together.

    If you're looking for a powerful stereo compressor that can really pull a mix together you can spend more but you can't do better than the API 2500.

    Good music to all!

  • from January 1, 2016


    This is my first stereo compressor. I have been slowly acquiring gear for my home studio as it is my goal to get out of the box and more into the analog domain. My reasoning for getting out of the box is that I find myself paralyzed by too many options via plug-ins. I just want to make a decision and move on. Since I own no other stereo compressor, I do own a 6176, it is difficult to give a fair comparison. But I can say, without hesitation, that purchasing the 2500 has increased my productivity, inspired me to use my gear more, and increased the quality of my recordings. I am so inspired that I just ordered an API 5500 to boot.

  • from NY April 18, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Classic Sound

    I bought this compressor as the final link in my analog chain. I primarily use it as the finishing touch on the master buss before printing a mix. I can't quite explain the sound other than its THE sound that you hear on countless famous records. When used correctly, the API 250 has the ability to glue a mix together and really bring out a very polished and punchy sound. The price is high but DEFINITELY worth it. I even use the API for tracking, running any source through it (guitar, drums, vox) on the way in, to add a bit of color and warmth to the source. Though the digital emulation comes close, this box will change the way you approach recording!!

  • from washington, dc May 15, 2013Music Background:
    producer and engineer

    maybe the best buss comp ever...

    the 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 improvement 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!

  • from Bronx, NY August 30, 2012Music Background:
    Artist, Producer Engineer

    Very Nice!

    Glad 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!

  • from Ky February 3, 2010Music Background:
    Recording/mixing engineer, producer

    Amazing functionality

    First 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 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.

  • from December 5, 2013

    Really Good

    AMAZING piece. I am using it on the drum bus and it offers control, tone and saturation (if you want it) making drums pop and smack and thump like no other. Add a serious weight to the kick. OLD mode is gorgeous and very forgiving. You cant mess it up.

    The only problem you will have is making your other buses sound this good going forward! (seriously!)

  • from December 10, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer/Musician

    A very versatile compressor!!

    This 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 you can get from this!! I am a satisfied customer.

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