Waves API 2500 Plug-in

Console-style Dynamics Processor Plug-in with 2 x Compression Types, 3 x Knee Styles, and 6 x Release Settings - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Classic API Compression!

When you apply the Waves API 2500 dynamics processor plug-in to your tracks, you'll get results that go for beyond anything you'd ever anticipate. Sure, the API 2500 is a fantastic dynamics processor, with three excellent compression modes, three variable filter types, and a host of useful controls that make dialing in the perfect sound a piece of cake. But there's something more to this remarkable plug-in than meets the eye. The sheer analog quality of the API 2500 plug-in can make a huge difference when it comes to how lively your tracks sound. Even when you dial it back, the Waves API 2500 adds the right touch of analog goodness to your sound.

Two types of compression in one versatile analog-style dynamics processor

As far as emulating the sound and performance of real analog processing gear goes, Waves has been well ahead of the curve for over a decade. In the case of the Waves API 2500 dynamics processor plug-in, the secret lies in the specific ways in which the compressor itself operates. Just like modern API compressors, the API 2500 plug-in lets you choose from a smooth and open "feed back" compression type (reminiscent of the great vintage studio boxes that defined the sound of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, or from a more modern and punchy "feed forward" compression type. Whatever you're working on, you can be sure that you'll find the right style of compression in the API 2500 dynamics processor to make it as smooth, loud, and punchy as you like.

Waves API 2500 Dynamics Processing Plug-in Features:
  • A classic API style compressor come to life in a handy, lightweight native plug-in
  • Two types of compression ("feed back" and "feed forward") provide both smooth vintage and responsive modern tones
  • Variable stereo link allows for 2-channel operation
  • Switchable 3-position thrust highpass filter provides you with additional control over your sound
  • Soft, medium, and hard knee settings let you set the dynamic nature of the compression response
  • 6 x release settings (including continuously variable) provide essential response calibration
Add classic API compression sound to your DAW with the Waves API 2500 dynamics processor plug-in!

Tech Specs

Software Type Dynamics
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number API2500TDM

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Use like the Pros do, or as a final mastering compressor

Many pros use the hardware version, outputting from their DAW, to run through the API to "glue" things together "summing amp style", then back out to their DAW. This Waves software does a darn fine job emulating that task. I also like it as a change up from my Slate Buss Compressor package. This is a first rate plug in, as warm as you want it to be!

Great drum and mix bus compresor

One of the best mix bus compressors I've come across. Works great on drums too with it's fast attack, Use it all the time, love it.
Music background: Audio Engineer - 10 years
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