A-Designs puts audio under the Hammer
The hammer’s dropped on the second version of A-Designs’ HM2EQ three-band, dual-mono tube/hybrid equaliser. The Hammer 2 draws on feedback from a range of engineers and producers and offers an extended frequency range with overlapping bands in addition to adding low and high shelving filters. ‘We’ve also now switched over from continuous-sweep pots to 31-detent controls, which will improve setting repeatability,’ says the manufacturer.
Operating from 30Hz to 40kHz, the unit features six detended rotary controls on each channel: three frequency selector knobs (Lo, Mid, Hi), each with an accompanying gain knob providing continuously variable boost or cut of 12dB. Each band has a selectable centre frequency and overlaps with the other for what the manufacturer describes as a smooth transition throughout the entire spectrum. Both channels also feature individual toggle switches for EQ In/Out as well as low-cut (84Hz) and high-cut (8kHz) filters. Mainly intended as a ‘broad stroke’ equaliser, the Hammer 2’s bandwidth is stated to be self-adjusting (floating) based on a combination of the amount of gain applied and the dynamics and frequency content of the programme material.
The device features a black, custom-milled, brushed 2U faceplate sporting aluminium control knobs, a heavy-duty Carling toggle power switch and a big blue jewel power indicator lamp.