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A 2-channel, solid state/tube hybrid offering infinite sound-shaping possibilities plus the ability to enhance any signal simply by passing through it.
This A Designs Nail HM2 Compressor and HM2EQ Hammer Tube EQ demo is a mastering demonstration showing the high-quality capabilities of these two A Designs products. The stereo link switch on the Nail ...
This A Designs Nail HM2 Compressor and HM2EQ Hammer Tube EQ demo is a mastering demonstration showing the high-quality capabilities of these two A Designs products. The stereo link switch on the Nail makes both mastering and bus work simple yet effective. As compared to most other surgical parametric EQs, the Hammer allows the user to make wide tonal EQ adjustments making it a perfect contender for the mastering process. The Hammer and Nail are sonically clean and clear while possessing some subtle tube warmth which brings more clarity and life out of this track by Andrew Van Tassel. If you have any questions regarding either of these fantastic A Designs products or about mastering, compression, or equalization, please give the experts at Sound Pure a call anytime. 919.682.5552 or 888.528.9703.
The Threshold and Hard Threshold knob on the A Designs Nail HM2 Compressor are demonstrated in this video. The hard threshold knob indicates the point at which the compressor engages. If you only want...
The Threshold and Hard Threshold knob on the A Designs Nail HM2 Compressor are demonstrated in this video. The hard threshold knob indicates the point at which the compressor engages. If you only want the compressor to engage during the highest peaks, you can choose when you would like the compressor to start kicking in. In this video we demonstrate the use of the Threshold and Hard Threshold on a vocal performance and an electric bass track. If you have any questions about this fantastic compressor from A Designs or questions about compression in general, please give the experts at Sound Pure a call anytime. 919.682.5552 or 888.528.9703.
A Designs Nail stereo tube compressor parallel compression/New York Compression trick - a demonstration on how to use the mix knob on the Nail on a rock recording. This video shows how to fatten the k...
A Designs Nail stereo tube compressor parallel compression/New York Compression trick - a demonstration on how to use the mix knob on the Nail on a rock recording. This video shows how to fatten the kick and bass within a mix. This technique is utilized by many legendary engineers such as Michael Brauer, Joe Chiccarelli, and Bob Katz to bring up the quieter parts of the audio in order to retain more of its transients and detail. The track in this video is by guitarist Scott Sawyer (http://www.scottsawyer.net/). The Nail is incredibly smooth and versatile. Call Sound Pure for more information on this incredible compressor, or if you have any other questions about other pro audio gear. Check out our other videos in our Nail video series.
The A Designs HM2 Nail Compressor from A Designs Audio is an amazing stereo compressor that has some unique controls such as a hard threshold knob that make it stand out from other high-end compressor...
The A Designs HM2 Nail Compressor from A Designs Audio is an amazing stereo compressor that has some unique controls such as a hard threshold knob that make it stand out from other high-end compressors. It also has an incredible ability to sound colored, or transparent depending on how you setup its controls. In this video, the first of our Nail demo series, we will demonstrate how effective the compressor is by using the continuously variable filter control. This review features music by Damian Taylor entitled "You Stole My Heart," engineered by Jermaine Artis. If you have any questions about the Nail, Hammer EQ, or other products by A Designs, or any other high-end pro audio gear, please call the experts at Sound Pure today. 919.682.5552.
A Designs exhibits their new Nail Compressor at the AES show 2009. Another Tube hybrid design device from the same family as the A Designs Hammer EQ, the nail presents subtle tube coloration combining...
A Designs exhibits their new Nail Compressor at the AES show 2009. Another Tube hybrid design device from the same family as the A Designs Hammer EQ, the nail presents subtle tube coloration combining the best of both the solid state and tube worlds. It features a novel "mix" features that allows you to blend the amount of compression on a track, and can be setup to create compressor and limiter-type functionality, simultaneously in the same box, depending on how it is setup. This wonderful outboard compressor is available for purchase through Sound Pure, who is always available to answer any questions you have about guitars, tone, and the recording process. Call Sound Pure toll free 888-528-9703, or e-mail them at sales(at)soundpure.com
The A Designs Nail Compressor is a beautiful compressor that can be sonically transparent or colored based on how it is utilized. The Nail is one of the most versatile compressors on the market today, offering some functions that just aren't found on most compressors available. The Nail features controls such as the Mix, Threshold, and Filter that allow you to shape your mix.
What You Can Change
With the mix knobs you can blend the dry uncompressed signal with the wet compressed signal to perform a trick known as parallel compression. Only a handful of compressors offer this feature. The Nail makes parallel compression simple and easy to do using one box.
The Hard Threshold on the Nail provides an excellent way for sculpting a track and providing the perfect amount of compression to the track. When the Hard Threshold is engaged you can set the point at which the compressor engages. Again making it simple to add compression to your mix with using just one box.
The Filter Control
The Filter control is a constantly variable high pass filter up to 250Hz. When the Filter is engaged the compressor will kick in as normal on everything above the chosen frequency. The Nail will still compress frequencies below the filter setting, but to a lesser extent. This will allow the user to compress material with a hotter kick or bass without the low frequencies triggering the compressor in unwanted ways.
The flexibility of the nail makes it one of the best new compressors on the market today. If you have ant questions regarding the Nail give us a call at Sound Pure.
Awarded a “Mix Certified Hit” by Mix magazine, the A-Designs Audio HM2 NAIL Compressor/Limiter has three unique features that set it apart from ordinary compressors: Hard Threshold, Filter, and Mix. But that’s not where it ends. The NAIL’s tube circuitry and components were specifically chosen and designed to impart the rich, euphonic sound of analog to digital recording—enabling it to confidently “ride” the 2-bus in a place of prominence. And while the NAIL can add character to any sound, it can also work transparently in the background—all at the engineer’s digression. Not just for the 2-bus, its ability to switch from linked stereo to dual mono makes it a great tracking compressor as well. Better still, on a stereo mix, using dual mono offers the added bonus of making the mix sound wider, as though it extends beyond the left/right boundaries of the speakers.
Threshold, Hard Threshold and Variable Sidechain Filter:
Upon inspecting the NAIL’s highly attractive custom-milled aluminum knobs and faceplate, you’ll notice the absence of a ratio control. In its place are Threshold and Hard Threshold. With Hard Threshold turned off, Threshold acts much like an LA-2A by increasing gain reduction. Attack and release controls become somewhat irrelevant in this mode and the NAIL becomes a model of simplicity; set its threshold and gain, and let the NAIL work its magic.
For those who like to dig deeper, Hard Threshold opens up a world of compression-/envelope-shaping possibilities. Like the hard knee of a traditional compressor, Hard Threshold works in conjunction with the Filter, which is a variable high-pass filter continuously controllable from 8Hz to 250Hz. Once the Hard Threshold is crossed, the NAIL will apply desired compression above the selected frequency, and less to the frequencies below. This prevents the greater energy of bass from triggering unwanted compression and ducking the entire mix. Filter also lets you enhance bottom end for bass-heavy music without throwing the mix’s entire frequency spectrum out of whack, as a multi-band compressor often does.
Put simply, the combination of Threshold, Hard Threshold, and Filter allow you to dial in amount of compression, at what level it will engage, and above which frequencies it will act. Ratio is always self-adjusting in response to program material.
Attack, Release, Gain and Metering:
The HM2 NAIL’s remaining continuously variable controls include Attack, Release, and Gain, which function as expected. However, Attack and Release are dependent on the settings of the Hard Threshold and also respond dynamically to program material, making for a more forgiving and musical response than traditional “once size fits all” attack/release circuits. Other functions include compressor In/Out for quick A/B comparison; Stereo Link/Dual Mono; and Gain Reduction/Level for metering, all controlled via toggle switch. Speaking of meters, the NAIL’s LED meter was chosen for it’s ultra fast response and the ability to see it clearly from across a dark-lit control room.
The HM2 NAIL’s Mix knob offers continuously variable control between direct (dry) and compressed signal. Particularly useful for DAW mixing, Mix enables you to apply parallel compression to a submix without losing two channels of A/D/A for an aux send/return. And of course, you can also use it on an overall mix to add size and depth, or during tracking.
As its name suggests, when it comes to putting the finishing touches on a final mix, the A-Designs HM2 Compressor Nails it!
• Solid state/tube hybrid design combines high performance with rich sound
• Dual channel with switchable stereo link or dual mono modes
• Mix control lets you blend wet/dry signal for parallel compression
• Hard Threshold and Filter let you select amount of compression and frequency (to 250Hz) to prevent mix from being “dragged
down” by LF energy
• Awarded “Mix Certified Hit” by Mix magazine
• Custom-milled aluminum knobs
• Custom-milled aluminum faceplate
• LED Indicators switchable to stereo
• Gain-reduction switch for meters
• 2U rackmount
• Balanced XLR outputs
• Carling toggle power switch
• Red jewel power indicator
• In/out switch
• Frequency response: 3Hz – 50Khz
• Noise: -89dbu
• Balanced Input: XLR
• Balanced Output: XLR
• Clipping: +20dbu
• Filter: Off – 8Hz (starting point) – 250Hz
• Channel Isolation @1kHz: 90dB
• Variable Ratio: Self adjusting
• Mix (direct/compression): Complete bypass to complete compression
• Power Requirements: 120/230VAC – 23 Watts
• Dimensions: 19″ x 3-1/2″ x 10″ (W-H-D)
• Weight: 10 lb.
• Shipping weight: 12 lb