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Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor v9.91

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Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor - featured

The API 2500 is a versatile dynamics processor that lets you shape the punch and tone of mixes with absolute accuracy.

Its dual channel design lets the 2500 also function as two separate mono channels via a single compression setting. Using auto-makeup gain, you can adjust Threshold or Ratio while automatically maintaining a constant output level.


Highlights

With both “feed back” and “feed forward” compression types, the API 2500 boasts a wide range of incredibly musical parameters which have made it a favorite of engineers the world over.

Featuring

  • Switchable 3-position Thrust high-pass filter
  • Variable Link left and right channels
  • 3 Variable Link filter types
  • 3 Compression modes: Soft, Medium and Hard Knee
  • 6 Release settings: 5 fixed, 1 continuous
  • Up to 24bit, 192kHz resolution (TDM 24/96 only)
  • Mono and Stereo components
  • Supports TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST, AU
  • PC and Mac compatible

Controls

Compressor Controls

  • Threshold -20dBu to +10dBu
  • Attack 0.03ms, 0.10ms, 0.30ms, 1 ms, 3 ms, 10 ms and 30 ms
  • Ratio 5:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 6:1, 10:1 and Infinity:1
  • Release 0.05s, 0.1s, 0.2s, 0.5s, 1.0s, 2.0s and Variable Release mode
  • Variable Release 50ms to 3s

Tone Controls

  • Threshold Knee Hard, Medium and Soft
  • Detector Thrust Loud, Medium and Normal
  • Tone Type New (Feed-Forward) or Old (Feed-Backward)

Link Controls

  • Filter Type HP, LP and BP
  • L/R Link Independent, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 100%

VU Meters

  • Input/Output -30dB to 0dB With Clip indicator
  • Gain Reduction 0dB to 30dB
  • Meter Source GR, IN or OUT

Output Controls

  • Analog On/Off
  • Compressor In On/Off
  • Bypass On/Off
  • Make-Up Gain Auto/Manual
  • Make-Up Gain -24dB to +24dB

Updates

v9.91


  • All plugins now have control mapping for Avid S3 and S6 control surfaces.

  • H-EQ: New H-EQ Lite components that require less CPU and are well suited for live sound or when processing resources are limited. They do not include the Spectrum Analyzer and Analog sections.

  • H-EQ: New Solo function - Any parametric band can now be soloed by touching its Frequency, Q, or Gain controls. This provides a momentary check of the band’s processing. For a latching solo of a band, click on its solo button.

  • H-EQ: New Smooth feature which eliminates noises that can occur while controls are moved in certain older H-EQ versions. When a session with instances of older H-EQ versions loads, ‘Smooth’ will automatically set to Off. New instances of H-EQ in new or old sessions will load with Smooth On.

  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: Support for up to 6 Nx Head Trackers at the same time.

  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: Nx Head Trackers can be renamed from the WavesHeadTracker application. The name is permanent and saved on the Nx Head Tracker device itself.

  • Nx Virtual Mix Room: The Head Tracker's status color is now also shown in the plugin's tracking device drop down menu.

  • Waves Central 1.3.1.4: Support for installing version 9.91.

Mac

  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.10.5 - 10.12.6
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
    • USB displays are not supported as the primary display.

Support for Visually Impaired Users

  • Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4
  • VoiceOver Utility enabled
  • Pro Tools 12.7
  • Logic 10.3.1

Please note: Preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar is currently not supported (will be added soon).

Windows

  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 64 bit
    • Windows 7 with SP1
    • Windows  8.1
    • Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution
    • Minimum: 1024x768
    • Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024

Exceptions & Notes (pops)

Mac Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 11.3.2 - 12.8.1 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2 - 10.3.2 (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9.0 - 9.1.2 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 - 9.7.3 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 7.0.20 - 8.0.10 (VST3)
  • Cubase 8.0.30 - 9.0.1 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9.0.10 - 9.0.35 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3.2 - 3.2.3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10.1.0 - 10.2 (Audio Units)
  • Audition CC2015, CC2017 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere CC2015, CC2017 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2 - 10.3.4 (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3.1 - 3.5.1 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8.6.3 - 8.8.5 (AAX Native)
  • REAPER 5.18 - 5.22 (VST3)
  • Reason 9.5 (VST)
  • Maschine 2.6.6 (VSTi only)
  • Komplete Kontrol 1.8.3 (VSTi only)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 11.3.2 - 12.8.1 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 9.7.0 - 9.7.3 (VST)
  • Nuendo 7.1 - 8.0.10 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9.0.0 - 9.0.1 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9.0.10 - 9.0.35 (VST3)
  • Sonar Platinum (VST3)
  • Sound Forge 10.0e, 11 (VST)
  • Audition CC2017 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere CC2017 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 13 -14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 10.1 - 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3.3.4 - 3.5.1 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8.6.4 - 8.8.5 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12.4.1 - 12.5 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5.40 (VST3)
  • Reason 9.5 (VST)
  • Maschine 2.6.6 (VSTi only)
  • Komplete Kontrol 1.8.3 (VSTi only)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

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