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      A Designs HM2EQ HAMMER Dual-Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer (107625337)
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Winner of Pro Audio Review's Par Excellence Award at the 2007 Audio Engineering Society Conference!

The HM2EQ is a world-class tube/hybrid 3-band equalizer with a dual-mono design. The A-Design's HAMMER is built to sound musical for larger EQ functions typically found on expensive mastering EQs. It features continuously variable boost and cut controls, but with fixed frequency settings. The HAMMER is engineered with a filtering system that allows the even harmonics to flow through the 12AT7 tubes, filtering out unwanted noise.

Some notable users who've dropped the Hammer on their tracks are "Golden Ears" Bruce Maddocks, who's mastered mastered Hans Zimmer film scores for Pirates of the Caribbean, The Last Samurai, and Batman Begins, and renowned engineer/producer Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Terry Bozio) who says, "The Hammer is all about gorgeous smooth top and high mids. It totally opens up the top and brings high mids forward in a really pleasing way. . . . I am just not used to being able crank the top on the rock cymbals so much and have them stay so smooth. Another engineer I really respect described the EQ as "the best EQ" he had ever used . . ."

The unit is housed in a 2U metal chassis with an aluminum faceplate and features a toroidal power transformer. Each channel features identical controls, including switches for bypass, high cut and low cut, as well as six large aluminum rotaries for the EQ section - knobs for the LF (30/50/100/200/300/400), MF (250/500/1.2k/1.6k/2k) and HF (2.5k/3.5k/5k/7.5k/10k/15k) bands, plus accompanying knobs offering ±13dB of boost/cut for each frequency range.

Connections to and from the product are accomplished on the rear panel via a pair of balanced Neutrik XLR input jacks and pair of balanced XLR output jacks.

The HM2EQ is designed for applying broad-shaping EQ across many octaves while sounding beautiful without adverse effects on tone. Very low noise floor. It also has hi-cut at 8Khz and lo-cut at 84Hz filters. There is no other EQ available quite like this.

Channel Strips of the Stars: Dylan "3D" Dresdow

Primarily a mixer these days, Dylan Dresdow's list of credits includes Black-Eyed Peas, Usher, Michael Jackson, Fergie, and Flo Rida. Dylan was kind enough to share his some of his gear secrets for processing background vocals and kick drum.

For my BG vocal chain, I typically use the Crane Song STC-8 compressor into the HAMMER EQ. Sometimes I'll run a high-pass filter pre compression. The (A Designs Audio) EM-PEQ (#241581) usually ends up on my "'main" kick drum track. I can get more punch and click out of it, versus a typical Pultec EQP-1. I used these setups for songs I've mixed recently for Usher ("Revolver", "What's Your Name?"), Michael Jackson ("Starting Something remake 2008"), Fergie ("Clubsy Remix", "Pick It Up"), and Flo Rida ("Ayer")."


Channel Strips of the Stars: Ted Perlman

Ted Perlman, renowned Grammy-winning producer, musician, arranger, engineer, and programmer, has a resume that reads like a who's who of popular music. His credits include Bob Dylan, Chicago, Burt Bacharach, Elton John, Dave Mason, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Albert Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes), Desmond Child, Young M.C., Dolly Parton, and, well, the list goes on. Ted was kind enough to provide us with his go-to recording vocal chain as well as his choice for guitar and percussion. Here it is, straight from Ted Perlman himself:

"I'm producing and writing with Sara Lumholdt of the mega-selling Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Her vocal recording chain is: Pearlman TM-LE condenser mic* > A Designs Audio Pacifica preamp (#189903) > Daking FET 2 Compressor (#482850).

ALL guitars go through the A Designs REDDI DI box (#189904) > Hammer EQ > Pacifica preamp > Toft DC-2 Compressor (#187025)."




A Designs HM2EQ HAMMER Dual-Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer Features:

  • Continuously variable boost and cut controls, but with fixed frequency settings
    Very low noise floor
    Color: smooth and super-fidelity EQ
    Output tube: 12AT tube, transformerless
    3-band dual-mono EQ, with in/out switch on each channel


A Designs HM2EQ HAMMER Dual-Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer Specifications:

  • Low cut at 84Hz
    Hi cut at 8000Khz
    Gain: +12dB, cut: -12dB


A Designs HM2EQ HAMMER Dual-Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer

A Designs reserves the right to make improvements or changes at any time to this product. Warranty is void if opened by unauthorized personnel or enduser.

Published by: A Designs Audio
P.O. Box 4255
West Hills, CA 91304
U.S.A.

Edition 1.0 2005
Copyright 2005 A Designs Audio
All Rights Reserved.

1 Year Warranty Internal Parts, 30-Day Limited Warranty Labor

A Designs warrants that our hardware conforms substantially to the specifications contained in this manual when used in accordance these specifications for a period of 1 year from the date of original purchase from A Designs or its authorized dealers. In case of a valid warranty claim, your sole and exclusive remedy and A Designs' entire liability under any theory of liability will be, at its option, to repair or replace the product without charge, or, if not possible, to refund the purchase price to you. The warranty is not transferable and applies only to the original purchaser of the product.

For warranty service, contact A Designs Audio at 818-716-4153 to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. After obtaining the RMA number, ship defective product to A Designs Audio, P.O. Box 4255, West Hills, CA 91304. Write RMA number on outside of shipping box. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, copy of original sales invoice and detailed description of the problem. A Designs Audio will not accept responsibility for loss or damage in shipping.
Warranty is void if product serial numbers have been removed or if the product has been damaged by abuse or unauthorized modification and repair. There are no user serviceable parts inside.

THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL WARRANTIES WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. A DESIGNS AUDIO MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, UNLESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT. PURCHASERS SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS SPECIFIED HEREIN. IN NO EVENT WILL A DESIGNS AUDIO BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCREMENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY DEFECT IN THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DAMAGE FOR PERSONAL INJURY, EVEN IF A DESIGNS AUDIO HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF SUCH DAMAGES.

A Designs, A Designs Audio, and PACIFICA are trademarks of A Designs. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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  • Tube EQ the way it should be

    As reviewed by Andy Victor on 1/6/2012

    Smooth mids, mid highs and highs, very warm and musical with airy top end. Built and engineered in the U.S.A. which can only increase it's cool factor. Very easy to use. Love the knobs. A high-quality "magical" analog tube EQ which makes just about anything you run thru it more stable and less harsh sounding. If you are looking an EQ with really aggressive low end or that is very surgical, then look elswhere, but for just everything else the Hammer absolutely rocks. Can't go wrong with this box, get one, you'll love it.

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  • A powerful tool on individual sources or mix buss

    As reviewed by Sean Sullivan on 4/2/2011

    A Designs has become famous for recreating the sound of classic studio gear for yesteryear, but the Nail is an original design that will soon becoming a studio stable itself. While the controls look basic enough, the sound coming from this box is almost euphoric. Weather your looking to add some sparkle or speaker thumping low end, or even cut out some nasty mid-range honkiness, the A Designs Nail is the perfect. While it's in no way a budget piece, if you are looking for a serious EQ to do serious work, strongly consider the Nail.

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