New York, NY (September 27, 2007)–After two years of R&D and extensive beta testing by engineers including Dylan Dresdow, Dean Landon, Ronan Chris Murphy and Tony Shepperd, Peter Montessi and his team at A-Designs Audio are set to introduce the company’s new vacuum tube-equipped HM2EQ, better known as the Hammer.
The Hammer is a dual mono channel, three-band, analog equalizer engineered with a filtering system that, according to the manufacturer, allows the even harmonics to flow through its 12AT Philips tubes, filtering out unwanted noise. The resulting sound is said to be warm and ‘musical’ yet highly transparent with a clean, airy high end.
The Hammer is housed in a 2U metal chassis with an aluminum faceplate and toroidal power transformer under the hood. 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.
The right side of the Hammer faceplate additionally sports a Carling on/off toggle switch and large blue jewel lamp for power indication. 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.
“Although the digital recording world has certainly come a long way, especially over the last couple of years, it still can’t accurately mimic the warm, musical tones that a vacuum tube can best provide,” says A-Designs Audio’s Peter Montessi. “We’ve gone through countless tube choices and combinations to find the best possible sonics for the Hammer and I know that discerning engineers are going to be very pleased with it when they hear it for themselves.”