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Overview
API® 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection.
The world’s most accurate emulations of
API’s legendary EQs.

The API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces faithfully captures the punch, low-frequency transparency, and ultra-tight imaging of API’s iconic 550A and 560 Series EQs. With unique filter shapes, complex band interactions, and musical filter amp distortions, the 550A and 560

Series EQs left an indelible stamp on legendary recordings of the ’60s and ’70s. Painstakingly modeled on pristine early-’70s units provided by Ross Hogarth and Capitol Studios, the API 500 Series EQ Collection gives you stunningly accurate, end-to-end modeling of these revered EQs.


Now You Can:
  • Track and mix with full-circuit emulations of API’s iconic 550A and 560 EQs
  • Harness API’s musical filter amp distortions and musical clipping behaviors
  • Use API’s proprietary “Proportional Q” for more precise control over your sources
  • Mix with artist presets from Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Mötley Crüe), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), and Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon)


550A Parametric EQ
550A Parametric EQ
Introduced in 1971, the 550A was the standard channel EQ module on API’s first consoles. Its three overlapping bands of parametric EQ, independent 50 Hz to 15 kHz band-pass filter, and individually selectable peaking or shelving modes make it the perfect tool for getting drums and guitars to stand out in the mix.

560 Graphic EQ
With ten bands of graphic EQ, the 560 EQ is ideal for shaping your mix with surgical precision. API’s proprietary “Proportional Q” intuitively widens bandwidth at lower boost/cut levels and narrows it at higher levels, giving you more musical control over precise bands of your mix.
560 Graphic EQ




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  • Eli Crews

    (Tape Op)

    “There’s definitely an intangible richness and thickening that happens to your sound when using these plug-ins…”

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "Finally — a 550A EQ plug-in that actually sounds like the real one."

    Eli Janney

    (Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco)

    “With the UAD 550A and 560 EQs at your disposal, you now have no excuse for bad sounding drums or vocals! [They’re] detailed and fat, with presence to die for.”

    Peter Katis

    (The National, Interpol, Tokyo Police Club)

    "The new UAD API 500 Series EQ Plug-in Collection is great. It’s more than just a cool graphic interface that tries to trick you into thinking you're hearing more than what's there.”

    Computer Music Magazine

    "We have to say that the Waves equivalents pale into insignificance in the shadow of these vastly superior emulations."

  • Carl Glanville

    (U2, Billy Joel, Counting Crows)

    "Both the UAD API 550A and 560 EQ plug-ins have precisely the sound I have come to expect from these classic EQs. Simple, humble, but oh, so effective!”

    Eric Persing

    Spectrasonics

    "I think I might have been one of the loudest voices screaming for API emulations on the UAD platform, because they are some of my most often used hardware EQs...I'm absolutely thrilled about the results.”

    Paul Hagar

    (Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers)

    “Some other emulations sound a bit harsh when pushed, but not the [UAD API 500 Series EQ plug-ins]. They still sound as musical as the real ones, even when pushed hard.”

    Jeff Juliano

    (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)

    "I've been a die hard API fan for 20 years. UA knocked this one out of the park. Twice."

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "The API fix-it-all that actually fixes it all."

  • Dean Coleman

    “After coming off the hardware, the [UAD API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection] feels just like home to me.”

    Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    “I love the variety in sonic choices with the [UAD LA-2A Collection.] The [UAD API 500 Series EQs] are the best API plug-ins I've heard.”

    Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    “With the UAD API 550A EQ, I am completely blown away how accurate the modeling of the EQ and 2520 line amp is. The depth, detail, and tone are so closely matched to the original.”

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    “[When mixing in the box,] nothing allows me to shape the tone of certain instruments and have them sit in a mix as musically as the [UAD] API 560 EQ does.”

    The Glitch Mob

    "The new [UAD API 500 Series EQ Collection] has the best graphic EQ plug-in out there. Hands down no contest."

  • Jacknife Lee

    (R.E.M)

    “I love the new plugs. The [UAD] LA2A is f@*#n' awesome. API! Well done. This is great.”

    Vaughan Merrick

    (Amy Winehouse, Jason Mraz)

    "The new [UAD API 500 Series EQ] plug-ins are great! Their open, clear sound is immediately apparent...These are a very welcome addition to the UA suite."

    Ross Hogarth

    (R.E.M, Keb' Mo, Ziggy Marley)

    “The new API 500 Series EQs are just slamming. The grit and punch are all there.”

    Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)

    “The [UAD] 550A plug-in captures the dirt and aggressiveness of the original and sounds fantastic, and the [UAD] 560 is a god send on drums, just like the original, but without the recall nightmares.”

    Mark Needham

    (The Killers, Neon Trees, P!nk)

    “The [UAD] LA-2A and API Series plug-ins not only feel and sound like my real ones, they react the same when I push them hard, which is so cool.”

  • Miles Walker

    (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa)

    “With these the new [UAD API 500 Series EQ] plug-ins, I've got all the great sound I love from the original 500 EQs, and not limited to only a few channels of it! Amazing model, down to the color it puts on even in bypass mode. I'm fully amazed.”

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    “The [UAD] API 550A plug-in [is] what I reach for first when I want roundness, smooth, clear highs, and punchy mids.”

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    These make me happy
    by m. meli(Saturday 16 July, 2016)

    i spent 3 years sitting in front of a 1608 at Yellowdog Studios while it was here in Austin. These plugins sound exactly the way i would expect them to. Wonderful midrange, and great low, especially on percussive sources. I really like the trim pot on the output as these eq's excel at… Read More

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    Punch punch
    by R. Sudduth II(Sunday 10 July, 2016)

    And more punch! Perfect for getting things to cut through and attenuating mids. Read More

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    Very useful sweeteners
    by j. york(Wednesday 6 July, 2016)

    I have (too many) EQs- or so I thought! How would I "need" more than the Neve and Pultecs I thought? However, the way these two EQ's sculpt sound is just- different. I tried using the Pultec, then making as close to the same moves on the API graphic EQ, and the difference in… Read More

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    API 550 Series
    by L. Broussard(Thursday 30 June, 2016)

    A must have plugin(s) for your tookbox. Read More

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    API 550 Series
    by L. Broussard(Thursday 30 June, 2016)

    A must have plugin(s) for your tookbox. Read More

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Artists
  • Tony Platt

    Legendary engineer/producer Tony Platt has tracked and mixed some of the most legendary albums ever recorded by Bob Marley, AC/DC, and more. Read More

    Dave Tozer

    Here, Dave Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

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    Top acts call on Ken Lewis to turn their musical ideas into platinum hits. Read More

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Features & Specs
API® 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection.
Key Features
  • Superior, licensed plug-in emulations of the most enduring API 500 Series EQs
    • API 550A discrete, 3-band bell/shelf parametric equalizer
    • API 560 discrete, 10-band graphic equalizer
  • Models the entire electronic path, including custom API 2520 op-amps and transformers, band interactions, and internal clipped filter distortion
  • Licensed and endorsed by Automated Processes, Inc.
  • Includes presets from famed engineers and producers, including Vance Powell, Ross Hogarth, Carl Glanville, Jeff Juliano, Eli Janney, and Darrell Thorp
See the UAD Instance Chart here
Parameters
API 550A
  • High Frequency (Bell/Shelf) concentric switch: 5, 7, 10, 12.5, 15 kHz; frequency label provides frequency cycle button
  • High Frequency Gain concentric switch: -12, -9, -6, 4, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 dB
  • Mid Frequency (Bell) concentric switch: .4, .8, 1.5, 3, 5 kHz; frequency label provides frequency cycle button
  • Mid Frequency Gain concentric switch: -12, -9, -6, 4, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 dB
  • Low Frequency (Bell/Shelf) concentric switch: 50, 100, 200, 300, 400 Hz; frequency label provides frequency cycle button
  • Low Frequency Gain concentric switch: -12, -9, -6, 4, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 dB
  • Bandpass filter switch: Applies a 50 Hz - 15 kHz bandpass filter to the entire signal
  • HF Shelf switch: Switches HF band from Bell to Shelf
  • LF Shelf switch: Switches LF band from Bell to Shelf
  • Output Gain knob: ∞ to +12 dB providing clean uncolored gain. “0” label provides RTZ (return to zero) button
  • EQ Bypass button: Disables/enables EQ filters, but leaves amp modeling and system filtering active
  • Power button: Disables/enables all DSP processing
API 560
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 16 kHz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 8 kHz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 4 kHz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 2 kHz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 1 kHz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 500 Hz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 250 Hz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 125 Hz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 63 Hz
  • Frequency slider, ±12 dB, 31 Hz
  • Output Gain knob: ∞ to +12 dB providing clean uncolored gain. “0” label provides RTZ (return to zero) button
  • EQ Bypass button: Disables/enables EQ filters, but leaves amp modeling and system filtering active
  • Power button: Disables/enables all DSP processing
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Docs
 Hardware & Software Manuals
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