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Waves The API Collection Native
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Waves The API Collection Native

Software channel strip from Waves belonging to the API series.

Public price: $599 incl. VAT
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« Another great collection from Waves! »

Published on 08/18/11 at 04:25
Waves API Bundle Native Collection developed under license from API.

Four modeled plugins:
550A 3-Band Equalizer
550B 4-Band Equalizer
560 Graphic Equalizer
2500 Stereo Compressor

Read more at: https://www.waves.com/Content.aspx?id=3565

Mac and Pc Compatible.

I-Lok required.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I’ve used this in Logic Pro 8 and 9 without a problem.

I have a Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core with 8 GB of ram and a White Macbook with Intel Core 2 Duo Cpu with 4 GB of Ram.
The installation is really easy and the the manual is well written.
These plugins works like a charm, never had a problem in more than 2 years of use. However I’m still waiting for the release of the 64 Bit Compatible versions.

OVERALL OPINION

In the process of modelling legendary audio gear, Waves in conjunction with API trying to recreate the sonic characteristics of some of their hardware.

They recreate 3 EQ and 1 Compressor

Featuring four overlapped EQ bands, the API 550B is invaluable as both a problem solver and a sweetening device. With 7 switchable filter frequencies spanning up to 5 octaves per band, the 550B’s “Proportional Q” automatically widens the filter bandwidth at minimal settings and narrows it at higher settings. It even lets you undo previous processing, affect or even reverse tonal modifications.

Modeled on the late 1960's legend, the API 550A EQ provides reciprocal equalization at 15 points in 5 steps of boost divided into three overlapping ranges. The high and low frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter can be inserted independently of all other settings.

Based on the 1967 classic, the API 560 10-Band Graphic Equalizer features precision filtering and high headroom, ideal for signal enhancement and room tuning. The API 560's curve shaping potential is unmatched, while API's unique "Proportional Q" design intuitively widens the filter bandwidth at lower boost/cut levels and narrows it at higher settings. And since boost and cut characteristics are identical, previous actions can be easily undone. For precision equalization with unmatched versatility, turn to the EQ heard on top recordings for decades: the API 560.

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.

I’ve used these extensively on my projects and in a recording studio in the last 2 years and always with great results. The Compressor it’s my favourite on drum and buss sections. It can retain a lot of punch without losing clarity.
I’ve also had the chance to try the 550b EQ with its real counterpart and in a “blind” test with some other engineers chances to catch the original and the plugin were really low, they really doing a great job recreating these plugins, and given the fact that the price dropped a lot in the last years, you will have fantastic mixing tools at an incredible price.
My advice however, if you can afford it, to buy the Studio Classics bundle, you will need not

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