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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 . . ."
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.
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.
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
Add some 2-bus or mastering mojo to your mix along with some of the sweetest high-end you'll
A-Designs HM2EQ HAMMER Dual-Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer Specifications:
- Low cut at 84Hz
- Hi cut at 8000Khz
- Gain: +12dB, cut: -12dB