API® Complete UAD Bundle
API Complete UAD Plug‑In Bundle
Pretty darn close to the real thing.
I've had the hardware 2500 for a number of years now as my main stereo is compressor. I tested out the waves version and the UAD version and decided on the UAD one. It's REALLY close to the original. I've switched between the plugin and the hardware in sessions and they perform the same and sound almost identical.
The only spot the plugin lacks is the sonic 'bloom' the original has when boosting the makeup gain knob.
Almost like the real thing
It sounds almost exactly like an API 2500 compressor. I'd say we're 90% there. It does have the API attitude, but doesn't have the tone. The bass is much bigger and tighter in the hardware, and dense mixes tend to collapse when compressed hard on the software, which doesn't happen with the hardware. However, I have to admit UA did a great job and for a fraction of the cost of a real 2500, it's up to you to decide if the difference is worth it or not (probably worth it if you're doing some mastering though).
API Vision Channel Strip
Absolutely one of the best channelstrip I've ever worked with. 10 out of 10.
U N I S ON :)
Beautiful sounding on drum and mix buss.
as for me, the best hardware bus compressor and now best software bus compressor ever
The recording i've done with this preamp is fantastic. Fantastic plugin.
With its EQ, Dynamics, Filters, etc., the API Vision can do a lot to help your mix. I suggest checking out the manual to get a wider picture of all its functions to use it to your best advantage.
I bought a 3 plug in package recently, and for some reason chose the Dangerous BAX Collection as my third option. I was at that point where I knew I wanted the SVT, and the AMS Verb...and thought why the hell not try the BAX. THE NEXT DAY, I demoed the API 2500 and instantly had the most intense buyers remorse!
This thing sounds so good on everything. I run it on the 2 bus, the drum bus, guitar bus...the list goes on. Not to mention all the amazing features, the mix knob being my favorite for that sweet parallel compression.
I immediately emailed UAD and begged them to swap the license for the BAX for the API 2500, a week went by and I was sad....UNTIL I GOT AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THE SWITCH HAPPENED. Endless thanks to UAD for making amazing products and helping out a customer who made a thoughtless decision due to an itchy trigger finger.
This thing rules.
PI 2500 Bus Compressor
best api 2500 emulation
I use the 560 on everything, it's easy to use, has plenty of bands, and sounds good.
Instantly my go to compressor for buses.
It's great on everything, but especially great on drums. Get that pop that you know and love!
High quality Channel strip
A very useful plugins with a great sound and the convenience of unison technology
My favorite plug-in. Killer for synths!
Great work from UAD best emulation, works really fine for me.
Nice. Another great plugin from UA.
After buying Api Vision my tracking, mixing sounds better.
Character with compression as a bonus!
I reach for this on the 2-bus for the textural warmth and image enhancement it brings in droves, whether I particularly need compression or not. It's like compression is a bonus. Of course it helps that it's also a great compressor, but that's almost not its primary feature for me!