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.
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.
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
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
Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Mercury, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the following bundles: Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Diamond, Gold, Horizon, Platinum, Sound Design Suite.
Improved: Waves Tune Real-Time CPU performance.
Fixed: Plugins' 'About' boxes could not be closed under macOS 10.13.
Fixed: Possible GUI corruption on Windows systems with Intel HD graphic cards.
Fixed: Abbey Road Vinyl noise not completely off when set to -inf.
Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel issues with saved parameters using Reaper and Studio One.
Fixed: Scheps 73's Preamp and Drive knobs lose sync when automated together.
Fixed: Wrong automation names for VU in/out in SSL Channel.
Fixed: PRS SuperModels various bugs.
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 220.127.116.11: Support for installing version 9.91.
Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.