Waves API Collection

Classic API Processor Plug-in Bundle - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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API sound in your DAW!

The Waves API Collection brings four classic processors from Automated Processes Incorporated to the masses. API is used by engineers worldwide, and has been heard on countless records. Their sound is like no other. The API Collection from Waves captures every nuance of their unique sonic signatures. Developed in association with API, this plug-in bundle re-creates the magic of four of API's most renowned modules: the 550A 3-Band Equalizer, the 550B 4-Band Equalizer, the 560 Graphic Equalizer, and the 2500 Stereo Compressor. For the sound of API in your DAW, Sweetwater can highly recommend the Waves API Collection.

Waves API Collection at a Glance:
  • API 550A - 3-Band Equalizer
  • API 550B - 4-Band Equalizer
  • API 560 - 10-Band Graphic EQ
  • API 2500 - Stereo Compressor
API 550A - 3-Band Equalizer

Modeled on API's late 1960's legend, the API 550A EQ delivers a sound that has been a hallmark of high-end studios for decades. It provides reciprocal equalization at 15 points in 5 steps of boost divided into three overlapping ranges. The high and low frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter can be inserted independently of all other settings. The 550A is a uniquely powerful equalizer with that one-of-a-kind API sound.

API 550B - 4-Band Equalizer

Featuring four overlapped EQ bands, the 550B gives tracks that sweet analog sound that API is renowned for. With 7 switchable filter frequencies spanning up to 5 octaves per band, the 550B's "Proportional Q" automatically widens the filter bandwidth at minimal settings and narrows it at higher settings. It even lets you undo previous processing, affect or even reverse tonal modifications. With its vast range of tonal possibilities, the API 550B is a versatile EQ for all your processing needs.

API 560 - 10-Band Graphic EQ

Based on API's 1967 classic, the 560 10-Band Graphic Equalizer features precision filtering and massive headroom, so you can take your sound to the edge and beyond. The 560's curve shaping potential is unmatched, while API's unique "Proportional Q" design intuitively widens the filter bandwidth at lower boost/cut levels and narrows it at higher settings. And since boost and cut characteristics are identical, previous actions can be easily undone. For precision equalization with unmatched versatility, turn to the EQ heard on top recordings for decades: the API 560.

API 2500 - Stereo Compressor

The API 2500 is a dynamics processing powerhouse that lets you deliver the punch with absolute accuracy. Its dual channel design lets the 2500 also function as two separate mono channels via a single compression setting. Using auto-makeup gain, you can adjust Threshold or Ratio while automatically maintaining a constant output level. With both "feed back" and "feed forward" compression types, the 2500 boasts a wide range of incredibly musical parameters which have made it a favorite of engineers the world over.

Waves API Collection Features:
  • Collection of plug-ins based on classic API gear
  • API 550A EQ delivers a sound that has been a hallmark of high-end studios for decades
  • API 550B EQ gives tracks that sweet analog sound that API is renowned for
  • API 560 GEQ features precision filtering and massive headroom for unmatched versatility
  • API 2500 compressor yields incredible punch with absolute accuracy
Get classic API sound in plug-in form with the Waves API Collection!

Tech Specs

Software Type EQ/Compressor
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 APITDM

Customer Reviews

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Great Emulation!

I have several other waves product such as ssl 400, cla compressors, power, and some others. All of those are great emulations, but this API collection just open the door to clear, yet warm, and add some glue to my mix. I'm not a big time mixing engineer but I loved what I do and waves products always help me to get to that happy places :)
Music background: Mixing Music

API Waves Plugins - Tight on Drums

Excellent.Makes drum tracks pop.
Music background: Writer, Recording Engineer
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