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API 527 Compressor/Limiter - 500 Series

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527

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The API 527 Compressor/Limiter - 500 Series combines vintage style feed back compression and contemporary feed forward modes for a diverse range of compression characteristics. Whichever style you choose it's big, bold American compression done the right way.

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The API Lunchbox 500 series is a portable and versatile solution for tracking engineers, whether you're working in the studio or out on location. It can even be a high class solution for live sound, simply get a snake ready for any inserts or sends you need.

The API 527 goes between Hard and Soft knee compression and can vary from mild compression to full on limiting. With a huge, distinctive sound that's suitable for a little vocal taming or parallel smashing come mix down.

The 527 features an Output fader control that ranges from minus infinity to +10dB, and output capability is +28 dBu through our 2520 discrete amplifier and a large API output transformer. The output level remains fairly constant regardless of the threshold or ratio control, much like the "more/less" Ceiling control on the API 525 compressor. This allows for live adjustments without any noticeable gain changes in the program level.

Attack and Release are fully adjustable on the 527. Release time can be adjusted by rotating the inner concentric RELEASE knob. Release time constants: .3 sec to 3 sec. Attack time is adjusted on the outer concentric ATTACK knob, which ranges from 1 millisecond to 25 milliseconds.

Mix Magazine Review The API 527 Compressor

Mix Magazine Review

"In all of my tests, I was impressed by the 527’s excellent sound and versatility. On electric guitar tracks, the Thrust feature was especially worthwhile."


  • Audio circuit uses the 2510 and 2520 Discrete Op Amps with transformer outputContinuously variable detented Threshold control
  • Continuously variable detented Attack and Release controls
  • Continuously variable detented Ratio control
  • Output Fader level control
  • 10 segment VU/Gain Reduction meter with selector switch
  • Overload LED
  • "Link" switch for multiple unit interdependent compression linking
  • "New"/"Old" switch for feed-forward or feed-back compression
  • "Hard"/"Soft" compression curve knee switch
  • Patented THRUST® switch for frequency dependent side chain control
  • "IN" switch with hard relay bypass when in the "Out" position

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