"The API 2500.......Mr. Compressor! Pulls the mix together like a grown man! He can be punchy if he needs to be and spank the kick and the snare if they get out of line! He is smooth and sexy with a big bottom bass.With a gentle caress he excites her mids and highs! You can trust him to be on time and ready for work no matter what you throw at him. The officer and the gentleman of compressors!"more
The API 2500 plugin is something I often use to ‘excite’ a droopy vocal in the mid/high register. I actually have the original hardware, but I use the plugin just as much if not more – it has the ‘teeth’ you would expect from anything API. On 1922, I used the API 2500 to remove unwanted ‘girth’ on low-end bass and percussive instruments, for example on my processed celli – and it was literally like giving them a facial!more
I use this for a majority of my sidechain compression, it's very nice and can sound both vintage or modern depending on how it's configured. Only downside is that the release sometimes (though rarely for me) can't go low enough.
I bought the Waves API bundle during a Waves promo after reading the review of SOS (without even properly demoing it). When I put it on the drumbus of the track I was working on, it instantly put a big smile on my face :-D
I still have it on (almost any) drumbus and after all these months it still puts a big smile on my face.
I've never been so happy with a compressor (with the exception of Ableton's Glue Comp, and DMG's Trackcomp). It sounds good on everything, and adds a level of aggression and punch that some of my tracks can't do without.