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A Designs HAMMER 2
A Designs HM2 Hammer
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A Designs HAMMER 2

A Designs HAMMER 2 Three-Band Dual Mono Tube/Hybrid Equalizer provides world-class sound quality and incredible ease of use to you and your studio. Everyone needs a good hardware equalizer for mixing and mastering duties, and the HAMMER 2 fits the bill perfectly.

Amazingly Easy to Use One of A-Designs most lauded sound sculpting creations is the HAMMER 2, a dual-mono, three- band equalizer that's most at home on the main mix outputs, but is also an outstanding tool for tracking. It's one of a very select few audio tools that enhances sound simply by running signal through it, thanks in part to an ingenious filtering system that passes musical 2nd order tube harmonics while eliminating unwanted noise - just the heating blanket your DAW needs. It's also ideal for adding "air" to vocals, carefully crafted punch to instruments or just the right texture to an overall mix; plus, a major benefit of its innovative design is the ability to push it as hard as you like - it's nearly impossible to make it sound bad.

The HAMMER 2 couldn't be easier to use. Its overall frequency range covers 30Hz to 40kHz. Each channel features six detented rotary controls: three frequency selector knobs (Lo, Mid, Hi) which are stepped switches for easy recall, each with an accompanying gain knob providing continuously variable boost or cut of 12dB. Each band has a selectable center frequency, and overlaps with the other bands in such a way that makes for a seamless transition throughout the entire spectrum. Each channel also features individual toggle switches for EQ In/Out as well as Lo Cut (84Hz) and Hi Cut (8kHZ), filters that allow engineers to perform utilitarian EQ chores while still being able to bring the full power of The Hammer's three bands to bear. Mainly intended as a "broad stroke" equalizer, the HM2EQ's bandwidth (Q) is self-adjusting (floating), based on a combination of the amount of gain applied and the dynamics and frequency content of the program material.

The Hammer's unique ability to have its Q "move with the music" is one the keys to its incredible musical performance, and is another reason why it's difficult to make the Hammer sound bad at any frequency or gain setting. Along with its innovative tube-harmonic filtering circuit, a pair of carefully selected 12AT7 tubes (offering the most consistent control of any tube) and a custom heavy duty toroidal power transformer add the final touches to the Hammer's signal path.

Like its twin - the A-Designs "Nail" compressor - the Hammer features a black, custom-milled, brushed faceplate sporting custom-milled aluminum control knobs, a heavy-duty Carling toggle power switch, and a big blue jewel power indicator lamp- overall, a stunning combination of modern-retro looks that jump out of the rack. The Hammer is an inspired design whose sonic signature is far greater than the sum of its components. Perfectly happy in tracking applications or as an insert effect on individual channels, it is the ultimate full-range finishing device for sub-mixes and master outputs. After all, what audio toolbox would be complete without a Hammer?

A Designs HAMMER 2 Features

  • World-class, three-band, dual-mono tube/hybrid equalizer
  • Designed to sound highly musical for larger EQ functions typically found on expensive mastering
  • Smooth, super-fidelity EQ, suitable for very high-end applications
  • Beautiful-sounding broad EQ-shaping across several octaves with no adverse effect on tone
  • Clean and airy high end
  • Warmth, transparency, and quality sound
  • Detened boost and cut controls
  • Fixed frequency settings with highly musical overlapping bands and floating Q
  • Low-cut and high-cut filters and bypass
  • Transformer-less 12AT7 output tubes
  • Custom-milled aluminum knobs and faceplate with EQ in/out, low-cut, and high-cut toggle switches
  • Heavy-duty Carling power toggle switch.

A Designs HAMMER 2 Specifications

  • Frequency Response: -3dB points @ 5Hz and 40kHz
  • Noise Floor -94dbm with 30kHz bandwidth
  • Low boost: +12dB; cut: -12dB
  • Mid boost: +12dB; cut: -12dB
  • High boost: +12dB; cut: -12dB
  • Low-frequency switch: 30Hz/50Hz/100Hz/150Hz/200Hz/300Hz/400Hz/470Hz560Hz Shelving @ 30/60/125
  • Mid-frequency switch:125Hz/175Hz/ 250Hz/500Hz/800Hz/1.2kHz/1.6kHz/2kHz/2.7kHz3.3kHz/3.9kHz/4.7kHz
  • High-frequency switch1.8kHz/ 2.5kHz/3.5kHz/5kHz/7.5kHz/10kHz/15kHz/20kHz/40kHz Shelving @ 4.8k/12.5k/30k
  • Low-cut filter: 84Hz
  • High-cut filter: 8kHz
  • Bandwidth (Q): Floating
  • Distortion THD> .08 @ 1Khz
  • Power Requirements: 120/230 VAC 42W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 19 x 3-1/2 x 10
  • Weight 10 lb. (Shipping weight 12 lb.)

A Designs HAMMER 2 Includes

  • HAMMER 2
  • IEC Power Cable
  • Warranty:
    • 1 Year Limited Warranty Internal Part
    • 30-Day Limited Warranty Labor
    • 30-Day Limited Warranty Tubes

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Great EQ March 31, 2011
Reviewer: ML from Chester, NY United States  
The hammer is a joy to use and gives a warmth and control not present in much of today's digitally recorded music.

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