API Audio 2500

Stereo Bus Compressor

  • API 2520 Op amp
  • Adjustable threshold: -20db to +10dB
  • Selectable ratio, attack and release times
  • Patented high pass filter before RMS detector path
  • With variable link between the left and right channels
  • Old "feed back" or new "feed forward" compression
  • Typical in operational behavior to the API525, 1176 and Fairchild
  • Auto or manual "gain make up"
  • Side chain inputs
  • Ideal sum compressor
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  • Acousticband medium Compression
  • Bass Limiting
  • Dreadnought light Compression
  • Drumset heavy Compression

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Compressor Yes
Gate Yes
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit Yes
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes

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lukeskyscraper, 10.02.2018
Having tried the 2500 many times in other studios I finally decided to buy it myself.
Excellent compressor for parallel bus and stereo mix too, it's capable of add punch and character without ruining the sound even at extreme settings.
I also own both official software emulations and I really like them, but after a few blind tests I feel that the HW unit has a fuller and more pleasant sound.

With extreme settings in New mode, the differences become more noticeable: the plugin emulations start to ruin the sound making it smaller while this is not happening with the real one.
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29.09.2016
This things rocks.
If you are there it's because you already know it.

Stellar API sound and improved functionality made this compressor an Industry Standard that you can find in almost ANY professional recording/mixing/mastering studio.

Tons of make-up gain and punch, selectable threshold "knee" behaviour, auto-gain function, switchable HP+LP filters, side-chain inputs, stereo link knob, fully adjustable release time and of course 3 different compression modes plus the "feedforward" or "old" compression modes that affects color and sound of the unit.

This compressor is really capable of working on almost everything and give you always what you want.
A true BEAST

I use it 100% of the time in every project I work on.
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