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Old 9th December 2008
  #91
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Old 9th December 2008
  #92
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Well, the "best gear" always has to warm-up first.
haha, well, I guess I have a $2500 space heater now. Lucky me!
Old 10th December 2008
  #93
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These units run really hot !

Does the 3124 pre run as hot ?
Old 11th December 2008
  #94
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3124+ runs way cooler than a Lynx Aurora.... haha
Old 11th December 2008
  #95
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I own this unit and I love it in my mix, but I'm still struggling to fall in love with it on the mix. I've used in on a vocal bus and drums and it just sounds magical. Any tips on using it on the mix?
Old 11th December 2008
  #96
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I'm in the middle of comparing mine against a Safe Sound Dynamic Toolbox.
I'm interested in this, please do tell.

Soundawg
Old 11th December 2008
  #97
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I own this unit and I love it in my mix, but I'm still struggling to fall in love with it on the mix. I've used in on a vocal bus and drums and it just sounds magical. Any tips on using it on the mix?
You have to imagine in your mind what your looking for dynamically in the final mix and tune the 2500 accordingly. Of course it's not straight forward but you're gonna have to play around with almost all the parameters until you find that MOJO. Believe me eventually you'll find it.
Old 11th December 2008
  #98
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I'm interested in this, please do tell.

Soundawg
So far, I prefer the SSDT for instruments, and the 2500 on the mix buss. I'm trying to work it out so that the two are both free and therefore interchangeable, but I haven't had the time to sacrifice for a more intensive shootout. More to come....
Old 15th December 2008
  #99
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Wonderful, thanks a bunch! Wonder why it isn't in the manual...
me too thanks i'm going to get a battery tomorrow.

i don't nail the input , out of my mixer the thresh knob is usually at+8 to +4 but you'll find what sounds best with your gain staging.
i never have a need to slam the input but cranking the output is desired often but it is to ear , which really is whats so cool about this box it really is versitile
Old 15th December 2008
  #100
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API 2500 vrs. Portico 5043

I've really loved and noticed a huge difference in the mixes my mixing engineer has done since getting the Portico 5043. There is some magic to that box.

How does it compare to the API 2500? What are the main differences between them?
Old 15th December 2008
  #101
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Oh, and put a 5500 EQ after it, especially if coming from ITB, and you're in heaven. I am, at least.
A friend of mine told me he sold his summing box cause the 2500 gives a lot of depth and widens the stereo image by itself!
I don't know if he was too excited when he said that...

Would you guys agree?
Old 15th December 2008
  #102
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A friend of mine told me he sold his summing box cause the 2500 gives a lot of depth and widens the stereo image by itself!
I don't know if he was too excited when he said that...

Would you guys agree?
No, but I'm always running it at 100% link....maybe doing less of a link makes it open up?
Old 15th December 2008
  #103
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No, but I'm always running it at 100% link....maybe doing less of a link makes it open up?
Thanks for your reply, but what do you mean by 'link'?
Old 15th December 2008
  #104
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Thanks for your reply, but what do you mean by 'link'?
While looking at the box, the 9th control from the left, directly under "link," provides a switchable link between the left and the right. Read the manual for more details.
Old 15th December 2008
  #105
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No, but I'm always running it at 100% link....maybe doing less of a link makes it open up?
Yes.the sides have a little more freedom to dance independently.I usually set the thing from 50% to 70% [or off] depending on the source. the link filters makes it even more flexible

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Old 15th December 2008
  #106
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Yes.the sides have a little more freedom to dance independently.I usually set the thing from 50% to 70% [or off] depending on the source. the link filters makes it even more flexible

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Thats what I figured...however, I don't necessarily notice shallowness in the stereo field with the link all the way. I'll give it a shot, maybe that's something I'm overlooking!!
Old 16th December 2008
  #107
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Wow... controlling the amount of 'link-ness' between both channels... great feature!
Old 16th December 2008
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Wow... controlling the amount of 'link-ness' between both channels... great feature!

Absolutely, the 2500 is very cool and able to configure in many ways!
Old 16th December 2008
  #109
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...I don't necessarily notice shallowness in the stereo field with the link all the way.

this phenomenon is highly dependent on how you mix.


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Old 16th December 2008
  #110
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this phenomenon is highly dependent on how you mix.


gregoire
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I guess either I'm mixing practically in mono, or I've got a decent handle on the stereo field already (hopefully the latter!!)
Old 19th December 2008
  #111
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You guys know any other piece of equipment that has that link feature...?
Old 19th December 2008
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You guys know any other piece of equipment that has that link feature...?
For software there's PSP Xenon. It's not as sonically neutral as MaxxVolume, but that may be what you want.

3rd&4thT.
Old 19th December 2008
  #113
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I love my 2500. Depending on the track I'll use the 2500 on mix buss, guitars or drums.

And the customer support is excellent!

One side of my 2500 was distorting badly. I called them up and the tech guy (forgot his name ) talked me through swapping the op-amps to figure out if that was the problem. It was so I just sent them the fried op-amp and they sent me a new one quick. Now I can get back to business....
Old 19th December 2008
  #114
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I have been enjoying the 2500 on vocals.

vintage 87->1073->2500

wunderbar!
Old 19th December 2008
  #115
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My experience has been that most really good sounding audio gear runs pretty hot.
Old 20th December 2008
  #116
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Cant live without the 2500 anymore.

Truly nice on the 2 Bus AND Drum Bus
Old 20th December 2008
  #117
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Mine will arrive on the 24th. Merry Christmas to me. Unfortunately, my wife probably won't let me try it out until the 26th. Oh well.
Old 20th December 2008
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I use the 2500 mostly across the 2-buss.
I am also in the market for a good 2-buss eq. Any suggestions on one that fits well with the 2500? I am sure the 5500 is an obvious choice, but thought some of you might have other suggestions.
Sorry if this is OT.
Old 20th December 2008
  #119
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love it on parallel drum buss..instant punch
Old 20th December 2008
  #120
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I use the 2500 mostly across the 2-buss.
I am also in the market for a good 2-buss eq. Any suggestions on one that fits well with the 2500? I am sure the 5500 is an obvious choice, but thought some of you might have other suggestions.
Sorry if this is OT.
These two boxes have some voodoo synergy going on.
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