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.