A-Designs HM2EQ The HAMMER
Dual Mono 3-Band Tube Equalizer
A stellar EQ from A-Designs! A-Designs has had a string of hits in recent years with a handful of stellar preamps and EQs that harken back to when sound reigned supreme. Their latest offering is the HM2EQ, affectionately known as the Hammer. The Hammer is a dual mono, 3-band EQ loaded with a warm, musical, and highly transparent sound with a clean, airy high end.
After two years in the making and extensive Beta Testing, with such notables as Dylan Dresdow, Tony Shepperd, Ronan Chris Murphy, Dean Landon and many more, the Hammer is ready for the real world.
The HAMMER is a Dual Mono three band Tube EQ engineered with an ingenious filtering system that allows the even harmonics to flow thru the 12AT7 tubes filtering out unwanted noise. The smoothness of its operation and the musical tones generated by the HAMMER makes this unit an invaluable tool for any studio.
A-Designs HM2EQ The HAMMER Features :
- Continuously variable boost and cut controls, but with fixed frequency settings
- Smooth and super-fidelity EQ that is suitable for very high end applications
- Warmth, transparency, and clean & airy high end
- 3-band dual-mono EQ, with in/out switch on each channel
- Very low noise floor
- Output tube: 12AT tube, transformerless
- Vacuum-tube design hybrid
- Toroid Power Transformer
- Milled Aluminum Face Plate
- Milled Aluminum Knobs
- 2 Hard Pass Switches
- Two (2) High Cut Switches at 8000 kHz
- Two (2) Low Cuts Switches at 84 Hz
- Two (2) Mono Three Band EQ Sections
- Two (2) XLR Input Connectors
- Two (2) XLR Output Connectors
- Two (2) 12AT7 Tubes
- Blue Jewel Lamp (Power Indicator)
- Metal Housing
- 2U-Rack Space
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.
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!
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 . . ."
A-Designs HM2EQ The HAMMER Specifications :
- Noise Floor -94dbm with a 30KHz Bandwith
- Frequency Response -3dB points are 5Hz and 40KHz
- Low Boost +13dB
- Low Cut -13dB
- High Boost +13dB
- High Cut -13dB
- Low Pass 84Hz
- High Pass 8Khz
- Floating “Q”
- Distortion +4dbm
- Power Requirements: 120/230 VAC - 42 Watts
- Dimensions (W x H x D) 19" x 3.5" x 10"
- Weight 10 lbs.(Shipping weight 12 lbs.)