This morning at NAMM, API announced that they will be introducing a brand new compressor in 2018. The API 529 stereo compressor has been designed to offer a bevy of compression options in a single 500 series module.
Based on the API 2500 stereo bus compressor, this new 500 series module includes many of the same controls and features that made the 2500 a staple in studios all over the world. The API 529 includes continuously variable Gain, Threshold, Attack, Ratio and Release controls, three selectable compressor curve knee settings and 10 segment LED meters that show Gain Reduction and selectable Input or Output level.
Another fantastic feature of the API 529 is the brand's patented THRUST circuit. When pushing this switch, users are able to control a filter in the sidechain that will boost the low frequency and create a more powerful bass sound. The API 529 also features an Old/New switch which lets you choose between two distinct kinds of compression. Selecting Old will offer classic feedback compression and New will engage a feed-forward compression.
Utilizing an audio circuit that features 2510 and 2520 Discrete Op Amps with transformer output, the API 529 will ensure that users are getting that classic analog sound that has become synonymous with the brand's name. If you're looking to bring the fantastic compression of the API 2500 to your 500 rack, this is what you've been waiting for.