The A Designs HM2-NAIL Compressor Limiter is one of those rare new pieces of recording equipment that has come to the market that is ahead of its time.
The A Designs Nail is offering endless possibilities in the control of compression and shaping the envelope with three features that set the Nail apart from other compressors, such as Hard Threshold, Filter and Mix. Due to the unique nature of the design, the Nail will take you to places you have not experienced before. But with all things new, there is a “learning curve”.
The NAIL is a Feedback, Diode biased design combined with tubes. This combination qualifies it to be a Hybrid.
One feature that is missing is the Ratio setting control. It has been replaced with a “Variable Ratio”. This means that the ratio will change as the settings of the Threshold and Hard Threshold are changed along with the amount of gain reduction. You may, or may not, need to adjust Attack and Release, depending on what is sonically pleasing.
A Designs Audio Inc. considers the HM2 COMPRESSOR “NAIL” to be the last product to complete their signal chain, which ranges from the MP-2A, Tube Microphone Pre Amplifier, Pacifica, Solid State Pre Amplifier, and HM2EQ “HAMMER” Hybrid 3 Band Dual Mono EQ. All in a 19 inch rack mountable gear for both the Professional and Non Professional. And, as always, all A Designs products are Beta Tested to the max and then field tested.
Front End Audio and A Designs feel you will find the NAIL to be a great addition to your studio’s working environment and will help enhance your audio signal. The more you use the NAIL the more you will understand the unique functions and greater possibilities this unit has to offer. You will no longer be controlled by compression. You will have the control.
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