A-DesignsHM2 NAIL Dual Channel Compressor


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A-Designs HM2 NAIL

The HM2 NAIL Dual Channel Compressor from A-Designs is a powerful rackmount compressor that adds transparent yet characterful dynamics management to both your tracks and your mixes, thanks to its hybridized solid-state and tube signal path. Dispensing with the Ratio control that one finds on most compressors, the NAIL instead uses a complex detector circuit to automatically and continously set the ratio depending on the levels of the incoming program material. As an exntension of NAIL's interwoven design philosophy, attack and release times are also dependent upon its special Hard Threshold control; disengage Hard Threshold, and the NAIL will automatically take care of your attack and release times with musically useful results, also depending on the input level of the program material. When you want finer control over the envelope, however, simply engage Hard Threshold to taste and dial things in.

As the name implies, the HM2 NAIL makes a viable pairing with the HAMMER 2 EQ, but its additional features maximize its utility in production systems of any scope. These includie an onboard highpass filter on each channel which determines where in the spectrum the compression effect will take hold. The filter allows you to precisely dial in the extent to which bass material will affect the rest of your mix, while the NAIL's dry/wet knob makes parallel compression a breeze. A stereo link toggle switch also makes dual mono or stereo operation equally viable. The HM2 NAIL is an extremely musical, useful, and flexible compressor, sure to add stunning dynamic effects to the main mix as well as any dual mono or stereo sources.

HM2 NAIL Features

  • Dual mono or stereo compressor/limiter
  • Automatically self-adjusting ratio dependent on signal level
  • Per-channel onboard high pass filter for spectrally-dependent compression effects
  • Per-channel mix knob for parallel compression
  • Optional hard threshold control on each channel allows for finer tuning of attack and release times
  • Inputs: 2x XLR (balanced), Outputs: 2x XLR (balanced)
  • Frequency response: 3Hz–50kHz
  • Noise: -89dBu
  • Clipping: +20dbu
  • High Pass filter when engaged: 8Hz–250Hz (HPF can also be bypassed)
  • Channel isolation @1kHz: 90dB
  • Self-adjusting compression ratio
  • Mix level: full bypass to complete compression
  • Power Requirements: 120/230VAC 23W
  • Dimensions: 19" W x 3.5" H x 10" D
  • Rack space: 2U
  • Weight: 10 lb
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