API® 2500 Bus Compressor

API® 2500 Bus Compressor

$299.00

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$299.00

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An obsessively accurate emulation of API’s flagship compressor.

The API 2500 Bus Compressor is a permanent fixture on the stereo bus of many of the world's top engineers and producers. Considered the best of the Paul Wolff-era API circuit designs, this famed compressor adds energy, movement, and tone to stereo mixes and subgroups unlike any other compressor.

The API 2500 Bus Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a spot-on emulation of this classic compressor, capturing its all-discrete signal path with Thrust® circuitry — and features a fanatically detailed modeling of API's custom transformers and 2510 and 2520 op amps.

Now You Can:

Glue together your stereo mixes and subgroups with the world’s finest circuit emulation of the iconic API 2500 compressor

Select between "Old” and "New” compression, with feedback or feed-forward sounds

Sharpen your workflow with plug‑in‑only Mix and Headroom controls

Punch up low frequencies with API's patented Thrust technology

Contour your mix's stereo interaction with percent-based L/R Link controls

Mix with artist presets from Jeff Balding (Faith Hill), Vance Powell (Jack White), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and more

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
API 2500 5-Minute Tip
API 2500 5-Minute Tip

API 2500 5-Minute Tip

Learn how to use the API 2500 on drums, bass, guitars, and your entire mix.

The Only End-to-End API 2500 Emulation

The Only End-to-End API 2500 Emulation

Poring over proprietary "for-your-eyes-only" schematics made available to Universal Audio by API, our team of DSP experts analyzed two classic API 2500s — rackmount and in-console — ensuring one of UA's tightest behavioral circuit models to date. Working together with API's engineers, we scrutinized every facet of the plug-in against its analog counterpart, delivering the definitive representation of this iconic compressor. Early beta testing with UA artists confirmed that the plug-in ranks among the most accurate analog emulations in UA history.

Built for the 2-Bus

Built for the 2-Bus

API designed the 2500 compressor with program material firmly in mind. Its Release control includes fixed or variable options, while the Attack, Threshold, and Ratio controls offer musical tweaking throughout their range, making the API 2500 a toneful dynamics overlord for your stereo bus.

Shaping Tone and Dynamics

Shaping Tone and Dynamics

The API 2500 allows selection between three custom-voiced compression Knees — Soft, Medium, and Hard. You can shape the tone further with two compression types; "Old" for characterful peak-detection harkening back to API's earliest, highly-coveted 525, or "New", which features a modern feed-forward design.

Thrust Control for Unmatched Punch

Thrust Control for Unmatched Punch

Taken from their Paragon series of consoles, the API 2500’s Thrust feature puts a filter before the RMS detector, evening high and low frequency energy — so neither triggers the compressor more than the other. This gives you a tight hallmark API punch beyond any other compressor.

Enhance Energy and Motion

Enhance Energy and Motion

Most compressors only allow you to turn left/right linking on or off. The API 2500 Bus Compressor Link parameters allow for precision control of your mix's L/R dynamic interaction. Set exactly how much dependence — or independence — you want your L/R spatial dynamics field to have, and hone your dynamic contours even further with the Shape control.

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      Key Features

      Painstakingly modeled by Universal Audio's plugin design team, licensed and authenticated by Automated Processes, Inc.,
      Beloved Paul Wolff-era API design, exclusively measured from the all-discrete, in-console version of the 2500
      Provides the entire circuit path and control set of the API hardware including custom API op amps and transformers
      Signature API 2500 features include patented Thrust® sidechain filtering, "New" and "Old" Compressor Types, and Variable Sidechain Link
      Plug-in-only features include Dry/Wet parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level
      Includes artist presets from Vance Powell, Jeff Balding, Ryan Hewitt and Adam Hawkins

      Customer Reviews

      API 2500 Bus Compressor

      Overall Rating

      R. van Wegberg

      June 30, 2020

      Gotta have this one.

      I did a blind test after setting a lot of compressors up as similar as possible. My girlfriend enabled and disabled randomly. Well...this one, by far.

      S. Heidemann

      June 30, 2020

      Just fantastic!

      I have actually just been starting with UAD plugins, but this is exactly the joy and sonic quality I was looking for! Great UX and UI as well.

      F. Denley

      June 25, 2020

      One if the best comp

      I would love to own the hardware
      But I'll settle with the plug for now
      This is a most have plug/hardware
      If u run studio MUST MUST MUST

      F. Denley

      June 25, 2020

      One if the best comp

      I would love to own the hardware
      But I'll settle with the plug for now
      This is a most have plug/hardware
      If u run studio MUST MUST MUST

      N. Arouca

      June 24, 2020

      Tight and Punchy

      This compressor is great! It has the punchy sound of the hardware and is as close as it gets to the real thing.

      R. Hutcheson

      June 24, 2020

      Modern Aggression

      So glad I bought this! It just makes everything sound modern. It's an aggressive bus comp, but it's versatile enough to be transparent if you don't drive it too hard. While most UA is based on vintage gear I feel like this is the sound of modern compression done right.

      A. Keuter

      June 20, 2020

      a dream

      I love the sound of the AP

      T. Jensen

      June 18, 2020

      Snap

      I've been mixing with plugins for almost 20 years, and have a an embarrassing amount of compressor plugins. The UAD API 2500 is simply the snappiest compressor plugin I've ever come across. Brilliant for transient shaping. It's my go to for snappy arpeggio synth lines and percussive sounds.

      T. Reaves

      June 17, 2020

      Absolutely great bus compressor!!

      This is a great buss compressor!! Love the way it sounds and it's extremely musical effect!

      A. Tschernawin

      June 15, 2020

      Best for drum buss

      My first choice compressor for the drum buss.

      A. Bouillot

      June 13, 2020

      Best drum bus compressor ever

      So more punch on my drum bus, thanks to UAD

      j. mckinley

      June 12, 2020

      Api

      Just like the hardware which I have in my rack , pretty nice on my drum buss and master buss

      K. Tankersley

      April 27, 2020

      They have one of these at school

      I am a student at CRAS. They have API legacy consoles we use in a few studios. I became attached to the coloration of the API consoles and punch I can get out of a 2500 buss compressor. Decided I needed the plugin. Glad I made the decision!

      E. Williams

      April 23, 2020

      Best for parallels drum comp

      My goto for parallel signal crushing

      f. rigon

      April 17, 2020

      The centerpiece of every mix

      Hands down the n.1 API emulation ever created: the Swiss army knife of every session. Essential.

      R. Wynne-Griffiths

      April 16, 2020

      Very Good

      Sounds very similar to the real thing

      M. Robinson

      April 15, 2020

      Awesome

      This was a huge step up for me coming from the legacy SSL G Bus. Highly recommend this plug, going to be a mainstay going forward. Drums or mix bus, can’t go wrong.

      J. Carlson

      April 8, 2020

      Favorite Drum Compressor

      I love this on drums.

      D. Bourgiotis

      March 23, 2020

      go to mx buss comp

      super useful comp for mix buss

      D. Bourgiotis

      March 23, 2020

      go to mx buss comp

      super useful comp for mix buss