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Waves API 2500 - Stereo Compressor Plug-In (Native)

B&H # WAAPI2500NAQ Mfr # API2500NA
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You Pay: $400.00
Product Highlights
  • Stereo or Dual Mono
  • Feed Forward or Feed Back Compression
  • 3 Variable Link Filter Types
  • Auto Makeup Gain
  • 64-bit Processing
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS/AudioSuite
  • VST
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7

The API 2500 Native from Waves is a dynamics plug-in that features the classic punch of API hardware, while allowing for shaping the tone of mixes with absolute accuracy. Its dual channel design lets it function as two separate mono channels via a single compression setting.

Its auto-makeup gain function provides the ability to adjust threshold or ratio while automatically maintaining a constant output level. With a choice of an old style "feed back", or the new style "feed forward" compression types, the software delivers a wide range of very musical parameters, making it a favorite of engineers everywhere.

Main Features

Switchable three-position Thrust high-pass filter
Variable-link left and right channels
Three variable-link filter types
Three compression modes - soft, medium, and hard knee
Six release settings - five fixed, one continuous
Up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution
Mono and stereo components


Compressor Controls
  • Threshold - -20 dBu to +10 dBu
  • Attack - 0.03, 0.10, 0.30, 1, 3, 10, 30 ms
  • Ratio - 5:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 6:1, 10:1, infinity:1
  • Release - 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 s and variable release mode
  • Variable Release - 50 ms to 3 s

Tone Controls
  • Threshold - knee hard, medium and soft
  • Detector - thrust loud, medium and normal
  • Tone Type - new (feed-forward) or old (feed-backward)

Link Controls
  • Filter Type - high-pass, low-pass and band-pass
  • L/R Link - independent, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 100%

  • VU Meters
  • Input/Output - -30 dB to 0 dB with clip indicator
  • Gain Reduction - 0 dB to 30 dB
  • Meter Source - gain reduction, in or out

  • Output Controls
  • Analog - on/off
  • Compressor - in/out
  • Make-Up Gain - auto/manual
  • Make-Up Gain - -24 dB to +24 dB
  • System Requirements Mac
    Core Duo 2.3 GHz
    OS X 10.6.8 to 10.7
    4 GB RAM
    1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
    Host application that supports Audio Units, RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats

    Intel Core 2 Duo GHz/AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
    Windows 7
    4 GB RAM
    1024 x 768 32-bit minimum display resolution
    Host application that supports RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats


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