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A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor Limiter

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User Manual for A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor Limiter - Solid State Tube Hybrid

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A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor Limiter - Solid State Tube Hybrid Contents of the user manual for the A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor Limiter
  • Product category: Dynamics Processors A-Designs
  • Brand: A-Designs
  • Description and content of package
  • Technical information and basic settings
  • Frequently asked questions – FAQ
  • Troubleshooting (does not switch on, does not respond, error message, what do I do if...)
  • Authorized service for A-Designs Dynamics Processors

User manual for the A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor Limiter contain basic instructions that need to be followed during installation and operation. Before starting your appliance, the user manual should be read through carefully. Follow all the safety instructions and warnings, and be guided by the given recommendations. User manual is an integral part of any A-Designs product, and if it is sold or transferred, they should be handed over jointly with the product. Following the instructions for use is an essential prerequisite for protecting health and property during use, as well as recognition of liability on the part of the manufacturer for possible defects should you make a warranty claim. Download an official A-Designs user manual in which you will find instructions on how to install, use, maintain and service your product.

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Product description

The HM2 Nail from A-Designs is a solid state/tube hybrid, dual-channel compressor/limiter with advanced circuitry for infinite sound-shaping possibilities and well suited for tracking, mixing, and mastering. The musically transparent compressor utilizes hand-selected tubes and top-grade components specifically chosen to compliment and enrich the extended bandwidth. The HM2 can add character to any signal from gentle, subtle background compression to full-on squashing, and anything in-between.

Three circuits work in tandem to provide the unique control over the compressor's settings. Threshold allows precise control over the amount of compression, while the Hard Threshold sets the level at which it engages. The Filter works as a built-in frequency-dependent side-chain circuit that prevents the compressor from overreacting to bass-heavy content. The Attack and Release settings are also dependent on the Hard Threshold and respond dynamically to program material, allowing for more flexible and musical results. The Mix knob provides continuously variable control between the direct (dry) and compressed signals, enabling parallel compression without the need for busing or using auxiliary tracks.

Additional features include an In/Out toggle for A/B comparisons, a Stereo Link On/Off toggle, and LED dual-ladder indicator switchable from level to gain reduction. The enclosure features a retro-modern look with a black, custom-milled faceplate and brushed aluminum knobs, a heavy-duty Carling toggle power switch, and a large red jewel power indicator. The HM2-Nail ships with an IEC power cord.
    • 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 250 Hz) to prevent mix from being “dragged down” by LF energy
    • 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
In the Box A-Designs HM2 Nail Dual-Channel Compressor/Limiter - Solid State/Tube Hybrid
  • IEC Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents

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    Technical parameters

    A-Designs HM2 COMP Specs

    Function Compressor
    Number of Channels 2
    Inputs 2x balanced XLR
    Outputs 2x balanced XLR
    Clipping Level +20 dBu
    Compression Ratio Variable Ratio: Self adjusting
    Filter Off, 8 to 250 Hz
    Mix Controller Variable Mix (Direct/Compression): Complete bypass to complete compression
    Frequency Response 3 Hz to 50 kHz
    Noise -89 dBu
    Power 120/230 VAC, 23 W
    Dimensions (W × H × D) 19.0 x 3.5 x 10.0" / 48.3 x 8.9 x 25.4 cm
    Weight 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg


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