API 525 compressor...???

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by klauth, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. klauth

    klauth Guest

    Hey everybody...

    I'm interested in finding out more info on the API 525 compressor. Anyone on here have any experiance with one?....I figure if it's an "API"product it's got to be good. Is it known for any special quality?.....
  2. jamiey

    jamiey Guest

    Well like alot of API stuff it has got that relatively definate 'signature' that can often be left on the audio. I'm not so sure about stereo linking, it might be not-so easy. But as single channel compressors go, nothing really compares to it. I would use it on all my tracks if I could, but I can't say it works for everything or everyone.
  3. klauth

    klauth Guest

    Hey Jamiey,

    Thanks for the input. have you used it on drums or vox?
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    It is another great compressor. My only real gripe is the limited control of attack and release and the hard to read GR meter. I've now used it for everything at one time or another and it always sounded great or at least very good even if it wasn't the best tool available for the job.
  5. Squaysh

    Squaysh Guest

    Well, I've only heard the 200 series... after my friend finally found where to patch them that is (damn mislabeled patchbays!). We checked them out and they smoke! They sounded very, very nice and were really responsive and clean. I'd assume the quality would be there in the 500 series as well. I know that the 200 and 500 series preamps are essentially the "same thing" so maybe the same goes for the compressors as well. I'm going to have to read up on that and get back to you.
  6. klauth

    klauth Guest

    Thanks for the input guys, much appriciated
  7. deuxk

    deuxk Guest

    Hi everybody!

    I buy recently a api-525 compressor... I want to know if someone can guide me for use this! I have the 525 with Brent Averill (pre-amp). I don't really sur e to understand or the ceilling work... And for the vocal how i have to uses the release.. I just want some explication or just a "quick setting".

    Thanks a lot
  8. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    for my voice, i set the attack relatively quick and release about half way... but it depends on the singer, what you're looking for in terms of sound, and what mic and what compressor you're using. i haven't used a 525 before
  9. deuxk

    deuxk Guest

    On the api 525, you don't have attack time setting... And for release you can set : 0.1, 0.5, 2.0, 2.5 ms. and you have IN (threshold) and OUT (Make-Up). After this you have Ceiling botton (move at the same time Threshold and Make-Up).

    you can see the module :

    I looking for some hint for uses this compressor on vocal... I don't understand all thing on... like ceiling.

  10. Pootkao

    Pootkao Guest

    Are any 525 users using the 2500 stereo compressor as well? Thoughts on that one?

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