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API 5500 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • from in audio bliss January 10, 2015Music Background:
    EDM Producer

    THE EQ must be heard!

    So I had initially purchased the Kush Audio's Electra in hopes that my mixes would translates better as it is a transient equalizer. And it did, but not enough for me to justify the price, it was a constant battle of "ok, Ive got it"--"ok now Ive lost it". The filters are actually quite nice but felt like there was still something missing. I might have settled with it if it wasn't for a scratchy pot on the high frequency gain knob.

    Decided to shell out the extra funds and dive right into the API5500 and I honestly feel that it was the wisest choice Ive made for my rig. This is a totally different beast in many ways, the range control is simply genius, making subtle boosts and cuts serves a critical purpose while being an absolute delight to have and use when required. I tend to cut more than boost and when I do boost, its done with delicacy and the beauty of the EQ is the way I am able to retain transparency. You can obviously color but I feel this EQ is more about bringing sheer dynamics to your work.

    The punch on this thing is just...glorious...Mids are hefty without being muddy, everything seems to be placed in their own space grabbing your attention, I could go on for days about the sonic qualities you can achieve with this EQ. Its a piece of gear you've really got to have in-house for a full audition, be cautious though, once in your possession you will not be able to let it go. Worth every penny in my opinion and I am very happy with my purchase.

    The customer service provided by sweetwater and my rep. Anthony Jenkins was priceless. I am sold to sweetwater, quite unfortunate for my wallet.

  • from bethesda, md May 15, 2013Music Background:
    producer and engineer

    absolutely incredible

    this 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

  • from LA 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 United States February 26, 2014

    Great Piece of Gear!

    When I first purchased my 5500 it was under the pretense that I'd test it out for a few days and return it if I didn't like it. I was on the fence deciding what mastering EQ to run with. Well, its been 2 weeks now and this piece isn't going anywhere.

    The first thing I did was a shootout: 5500 vs the Waves 550B. Ran all types of sounds through both the unit and plug-in and it blew my mind! The 5500 blows the plug-in out of the water and it was most prevalent in the top and bottom end. Just passing a source through the unit with absolutely no settings dialed in is arguably worth the price alone. Its that analogue mojo! Love how it warms and brings everything forward. The range controls is by far the best, and most used, feature on the unit.

    Use it in a mastering session at the subtle .5db setting, run a stereo track through it and print back into your session at the 1db setting, or use it in dual mono mode to track vocals, for example, using the standard 2db settings. I think this unit really shines and sounds excellent on Hip-Hop/Rap and Rock material. I also tried to make different source material sound bad by pushing it to the extreme's but I couldn't, it just works. My only wish is that the unit had HP/LP filters on board, otherwise and great piece of gear!

  • 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 5500

    GREAT 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 clarity

    What 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.

  • from California 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.

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