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Does your API 525's meter kinda suck? Do you have any user tips?
Old 15th March 2008
Does your API 525's meter kinda suck? Do you have any user tips?

Hi, folks. I've recently come into a very nice, very old pair of API 525s (thanks, Joe!!thumbsup). I've been using em like crazy; they sound fantastic. My only issue is I have a difficult time setting them up as a stereo pair.

While there's a Link switch on their rack, engaging it doesn't seem to help maintain a stable stereo image. The Input and Output knobs seem to be way outta calibration with one-another. The first channel always needs a higher input setting, and lower output setting. The meters don't seem to come even close to accurately displaying the units' respective gain reduction, so I have to do it by ear, basically I keep checking the mix in mono to make sure the stuff panned center stays in the center. Unfortunately, sometimes a big drum fill will pull the stereo image waaay right-heavy. It takes a whole lotta trial-and-error to get the stereo image stable, and it's quite frustrating to keep reworking the settings as I'm mixing an involved tune.

The fella that sold em to me mentioned something about unbalanced input or something, but I'm not really technically-inclined enough to know what that means for me.

Anyone have any experience setting these things up, especially for mix-buss duties?
Anything to hasten things up for me...?

Old 15th March 2008
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same problem here.
i'd be very interested in learning if these old 525 meters make any sense.
if so, my ears don't.


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Old 16th March 2008
OK, so not much interest from folks here regarding the 525's meters.

So how do folks set their Input knobs and their Ceiling knobs?

Do you leave one or the other preset in the same place for everything?
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