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. Gun

      May 12, 2019

      Most favorite (next do 33609 as a counterpart)

      Still my be loved and first go to Compressor.
      So much charakter.
      But there are drawbacks too: Copaired to the analog hardware there is quit a huge sound lack and as always on the newer UAD Plugins - limited bandwith (Mastering not suitable?)

      R. Carvalho

      May 12, 2019

      Best API 2500

      I've been using this compressor from other vendors, but after demo it, I've bought immediately. Best compressor for mix metal music ever!

      D. Scheffler

      May 6, 2019

      Buss drum heaven!

      I've been using this since the day I bought it a year ago for drum buses and I can see what all the hype is about. It gives weight and presence to my drum buss and is my go to plug in!

      M. Smith

      April 29, 2019

      This thing is a BEAST!

      I ignored the API suite for years, thinking hey it's just for Rock music, but just tested in place of the trusty SSL G Bus Comp MKII and it's a must have. I make mostly Hip Hop and R & B and it sounded so good on the master bus when demoed I had to have it. The shape and tone controls are great and it sounds more open than the SSL to me.

      Might be my new fav Bus Comp

      J. Jordan

      April 29, 2019

      Haven’t used yet...but it’s API...duh!

      Tested it out in demo. The reviews made me finally pull the trigger.

      p. puzdoy

      April 24, 2019

      Awesome

      My favorite compressor

      L. Callegari

      April 9, 2019

      magic when used gently

      really shines doing some minor peak softening, very happy with this one on the master buss

      M. Carrera

      April 9, 2019

      A must buy!

      Awesome compressor, I'm loving the old style colors nice my techno kicks.

      P. Gharapetian

      March 29, 2019

      a permanent fixture in my plugin chain

      thank you so much for doing such a great job emulating this modern classic. it really does add depth to your mix just like the hardware.

      K. Mihalicz

      February 28, 2019

      Amazing tone.

      Has not left my mixbus since I got it. There is a punch and glue to this compressor that I can't get from any other compressor I own. It goes on my mixbus and I mix straight through it. Bypass it and my mix loses it depth and punch. It has quickly become one of my desert island plugins!

      R. Dent

      February 1, 2019

      Powerful, musical and smoothe but needs a careful hand

      Not quite found the perfect setting yet but just getting started. I can feel the power in this plug in. No regrets but much tweaking to do.

      P. Jonsson

      January 22, 2019

      Love it

      Been using the hardware earlier - Now I have it in the box and love it

      R. Gun

      January 18, 2019

      Revelation

      This was the first plugin i used that made me instatly feel using analog gear.
      Not always the first choice because of the colouration and special behaviour, but the smack it makes is sweet and predictable. In this case it is of no importance if it emulates the hardware perfectly or not, it simply works well. Perfect for drums.

      D. Gianesello

      January 15, 2019

      Excellent

      An excellent compressor, classic API sound...I love it!

      J. Poole

      January 14, 2019

      It comes as a pair

      The API 2500 is perfect after the API Vision Channel Strip, they are a team...

      P. Jonsson

      January 8, 2019

      Awesome - Thrust it

      Awesome simply awesome. Just try it and you'll buy it - Thrust it ;)

      N. Mendez

      January 1, 2019

      I am Glad I Got it....

      I have put it on My Master Bus and used the glue setting And teeked the volume a little to taste and it worked better than gorilla Glue..and made my Mix Come Alive.

      N. Mendez

      January 1, 2019

      I am Glad I Got it....

      I have put it on My Master Bus and used the glue setting And teeked the volume a little to taste and it worked better than gorilla Glue..and made my Mix Come Alive.

      N. Mendez

      January 1, 2019

      I am Glad I Got it....

      I have put it on My Master Bus and used the glue setting And teeked the volume a little to taste and it worked better than gorilla Glue..and made my Mix Come Alive.

      N. Mendez

      January 1, 2019

      I am Glad I Got it....

      I have put it on My Master Bus and used the glue setting And teeked the volume a little to taste and it worked better than gorilla Glue..and made my Mix Come Alive.