Waves API 550A
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Waves API 550A

API 550A, Programa de ecualización paramétrica from Waves in the API series.

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moosers 05/09/2010

Waves API 550A : la opinión de moosers (content in English)

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The Waves Ltd. API 550A is a parametric equalizer plug-in that is available within the Waves API Collection of plug-in. I'm not sure if it's available outside of this bundle, but I don't think it is. This is basically a software version of the API 550A, which for those of you who don't know is a popular Lunchbox series EQ module. Installing this plug-in and the full Waves API Collection bundle is really simple as you just follow the step by step instructions as you would for any other plug-ins. Learning how to use this plug-in should also not be difficult, even if you aren't familiar with the hardware 550A. The EQ is a made up of three bands in addition to a high and low pass filter. It also includes an output leveler knob. I haven't seen a manual for this plug-in, so I can't say if it would be helpful or not.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm currently running the Waves Ltd. API 550A on my home system which consists of a Mac Book Pro and Pro Tools LE 8. The computer is a lap top and has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I've been running Pro Tools LE 8 with a Digi 002R audio interface or a Digidesign Micro Box if I'm on the go. This isn't the type of plug-in that's going to kill your processing power by any means, but it will of course take up a small amount and more with each instance. It's hard to say how well it would run on any given system, but on mine I haven't had any troubles with it.

OVERALL OPINION

The Waves Ltd. API 550A is a nice little plug-in, as it sounds clean and is very easy to use. It wouldn't be the first plug-in that I'd go to for equalization, but it still sounds very good and can be very useful. I've used a real 550A many times before and can't really say that this has the same sound. Even so, it's good enough to use and it's definitely nice to have it around. The Waves API Collection in general is a very nice bundle of plug-ins and I'd definitely recommend scoping it out if you're looking to add some high quality plug-ins to your DAW.