Jessup, MD (April 1, 2020)—A full 18 years after the original API 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor was released, API has launched a newly updated edition, the API 2500+, offering additional controls and functions.
With more than 4,000 sold over the years, the original API 2500 has become a staple for studio and live sound mixing engineers, providing a wide stereo image, signature tone and analog warmth. While first intended for studio use, the 2500 became popular in live sound circles for use on main, subgroup and monitor mix buses, warming up digital desks’ mixes.
The new 2500+ retains functional and sonic characteristics of the original 2500 while adding new design parameters incorporated into the original unit. New features include an expanded Threshold control of +20 db to -20 db (from the original +10 db to -20db) and a new ‘Blend/Mix’ function. First featured in the limited production 50th Anniversary Edition, the Blend/Mix function offers both cross fader and parallel mix control of the compressed and uncompressed signals.
The 2500+ uses API’s patented THRUST circuit for a “punchy” bottom end, and the unit also offers selectable “old” or “new” compression, with the old style using the “feed back” type of compression found in the API 525, and the new style using the “feed forward” type in which the compressor side chain is fed directly from the unit input. Additionally, the output stage of the 2500+ offers an auto-makeup gain button that permits the user to vary the threshold or ratio while automatically maintaining a constant output level.
“Over the past 18 years, many improvements have been made to the 2500, some small and some larger,” API’s director of Engineering Todd Humora noted. “The 2500+ is an evolution of the 2500, with the addition of a few key features that our users have had on their wish lists for quite some time! We’re very grateful for the ongoing success of the 2500 and it’s our hope that the new 2500+ will allow for even greater creativity among its users in the studio, and in the live market.”
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