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Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor v10

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Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor
Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor

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

Mac

  • CPU -Intel Core i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 8 GB free disk space on the system drive
  • Operating System - 10.11.6 - 10.14
  • 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: Waves Central and preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar are currently not supported.

Windows

  • CPU - Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
  • Memory
    • 8 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 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Logic Pro X (Audio Units)
  • Digital Performer 9 (Audio Units)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST 64-bit)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Main Stage 3 (Audio Units)
  • Garage Band 10 (Audio Units)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere 12 (VST3)
  • Final Cut Pro X  (Audio Units)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12, 20 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Windows Compatible Hosts

  • Pro Tools 12, 2018 (AAX Native 64-bit, Audiosuite)
  • Ableton Live 10 (VST)
  • Nuendo 8 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9 (VST3)
  • WaveLab 9 (VST3)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab 2018.07 (VST3)
  • Audition 11 (VST3)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 12 (VST3)
  • Samplitude Pro X3 (VST)
  • Sequoia 14 (VST)
  • Pyramix 11 (VST)
  • Studio One 3, 4 (VST3)
  • Media Composer 8, 2018 (AAX Native)
  • FL Studio 12 (VST3)
  • REAPER 5 (VST3)
  • Reason 10 (VST)
  • Maschine 2 (VST)
  • Komplete Kontrol 2 (VST)

Exceptions and Notes (pops)

TDM is no longer supported by Waves v9.6 or later: learn more.

November 4, 2018 Changes to V10

  • Improved: Overall GUI responsiveness of all plugins.
  • Added: "Netflix 2018" preset to WLM and WLM Plus.
  • Added: F6 global control mapping to Avid S3.
  • Fixed: F6 RTA default setting load.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain Load/Save preset menus in MultiRack SoundGrid, StudioRack SoundGrid, and eMotion ST.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain loading in GarageBand.
  • Fixed: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain is located in the Effects category instead of Mastering in Adobe Audition.
  • Fixed: MultiRack SoundGrid connected to DiGiCo consoles freezes when moving controls on Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack crash when starting/stopping playback and simultaneously changing cabinets, amp types or microphones.
  • Fixed: GTR ToolRack & Stomp don't update latency when stomps are inserted.
  • Fixed: MetaFlanger Alt+Click doesn't reset toggle buttons.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels stops working in Studio One 4.
  • Fixed: Some PRS SuperModels controls wrongly activated when changing some presets.
  • Fixed: PRS SuperModels playback starts with a slight fade-in under Logic Pro.
  • Fixed: Duplicating a mono-to-stereo track with PS22 in Cubase results in a very loud noise.
  • Fixed: CPU spikes and audio glitches when automating PuigTec EQs in VST2.4 (Live, Reason, Maschine, Komplete Kontrol).
  • Fixed: REQ band 1 on/off is always linked, even when L/R is unlinked.
  • Fixed: eMo Q4 band 1 LRB functionality.
  • Fixed: Scheps Omni Channel long initial loading time, and several other bugs.
  • Fixed: Smack Attack graphic issues.
  • Fixed: Various TRACT-Smaart interaction bugs.
  • Fixed: Waves Tune horizontal scroll shortcut on Windows.
  • Various stability improvements

What You Get in V10

  • Waves plugins added free of charge to Waves bundles covered under the Waves Update Plan:

    • Electric Grand 80 Piano added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, Sound Design Suite, and Mercury bundles.
    • Eddie Kramer Drum Channel added to the Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Broadcast & Production, Broadcast and Surround Suite, and Sound Design Suite bundles.
  • Access to all plugin updates since the last major update to v9
  • Access to future plugin updates when covered under the Waves Update Plan
  • Bug fixes and plugin improvements (see below)

Across-the-board software update to version 10:

  • 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.

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.

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