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Api 2500 versus Crane Song STC-8
Old 15th September 2008
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api 2500 or stc-8

There is a big difference between these two compressors and there uses.Like I said I use them in my mastering chain.The stc 8 is really transparent and not a color unit,its a great buss compressor.The api is a swiss army knife of sorts and well used for certain material.You can do alot with the phoenix from what I have heard,great reviews also from many.Another one to check out would be a Pendulum.
The thing about the main question here is you would really like to use all these compressors mentioned for different program material at different stages in the process.If you are tracking or mixing with it I have heard really good things about a pair of Crane Song trakers also.(Bob Katz)
Get somewhere to try them all out if you can.
I don't think Crane Song has anything that is not right on the money.You just can't go wrong with any of Dave Hills stuff.
Oh,also to answer your question I use a Lavry DA 10 for monitoring with Focal Solo 6 monitors.
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