Stereo Bus Compressor

  1. API Announces New API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor

    API Announces New API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
    It's rare a modern piece of gear comes along and quickly becomes a modern classic, but API Audio's 2500 stereo bus compressor has done just that. Since its release in 2002, engineers all over the world have relied on the 2500 for its impeccable stereo image, punchy bottom end, and signature warmth. Today, API Audio has announced they are upgrading this essential stereo bus compressor and adding a number of new features. The API 2500+ will feature an Expanded Threshold control (+20dv to -20dv) and the new Mix/Blend function that was added to the 50th Anniversary Edition of the 2500 released last year. Continue reading →
  2. Vintage King Stereo Bus Compressor Shootout With Warm Audio Bus-Comp

    Vintage King Stereo Bus Compressor Shootout With Warm Audio Bus-Comp
    Whether you’re looking to glue your mix together, fine-tune the dynamics of a performance, or just add some color and character to your sound, a quality bus compressor is a must-have for any mix engineer. Since Warm Audio recently released its new BUS-COMP, we decided to take it into the studio and shoot it out with several fan favorites. In this video, we put the Bus-Comp up against the TK Audio BC1-THD, Overstayer Stereo Voltage Control, Dangerous Music COMPRESSOR, and SSL Stereo Bus Compressor, so you can hear how each of them perform in different scenarios. We tested each compressor on the drum bus, both in solo and with the mix, as well as on the mix bus. Although each compressor has its own unique sound and features, we used the same settings on each one to help you hear the differences. Continue reading →
  3. VK Shootout: API 2500 vs. API 529 And Plug-In Emulations

    VK Shootout: API 2500 vs. API 529 And Plug-In Emulations
    Update March 2020: API Audio has announced an expanded 2500+ stereo bus compressor with updated features, including an Expanded Threshold control (+20dv to -20dv) and the new Mix/Blend function that was added to the 50th Anniversary Edition of the 2500 released last year. Learn more here. Finding a stereo bus compressor that works for you is an important part of being a mix engineer. For many, the API 2500 has become the industry standard, as the discrete compressor offers you the ability to glue together mixes via two distinct styles of compression and add punch to the low end. API's 2500 features a dual-channel design that can be used individually for single-channel compression or paired together in tandem for stereo use. When it comes to the styles of compression, users are able to choose between “old” and “new.” Old style employs the “feed back” compression of the API 525, while the new style gives a “feed forward” compression feeding the side chain directly from the input. Continue reading →

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