IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A-Designs Audio
HM2 Nail Tube Compressor
A 2-channel Compressor with Variable Ratio, Mix Control, and Detection Signal Filter.
When you first check out the A Designs HM2 Compressor, you might respond the way we did, “wait a second, where did the Ratio knob go?” That’s just the first major departure from standard compression. There are also extra parameters, such as a second threshold control and a wet/dry mix control. So, it should come a no surprise when we say that the HM2 Compressor (or “Nail” as it’s affectionately called) comes with a bit of a learning curve, but it’s a learning curve that pays off big. There’s a reason that A Designs called the HM2 Compressor the Nail, and that’s because once you get comfortable with it, it’s easy to nail the transients of just about any sound source. Few compressors out there even come close to the flexibility and precision of the Nail, from the way it make kicks and snares pop to the heroic way it can rehabilitate lack-luster bass. You’re simply not going to find another compressor quite like the HM2 Compressor Nail.
2-channel, 3-band Solid State Parametric Equalizer
The EM-EQ2 is based on the Pultec-style design of the A Designs EQ-PEQ 500-series EQ module, giving you two bands with both boost and cut controls in the classic Pultec style. Whether you’re tracking, mixing, or mastering, the EM-EQ2 is one of those EQs that just make everything sound better, especially in the lows and mids. And just like a Pultec EQ, you can get some amazing sounds out of the EM-EQ2 by carefully combining a boost and cut at the same frequency. For classic Pultec-style EQ sound that is sure to please.
A-Designs REDDI v2
2-channel All-tube Direct Box with 2RU Rackmount Chassis, Level Control, Ground Lift, and Neutrik Combo Jack.
Now A-Designs takes it to the next level with the REDDI v2, which delivers the same great sound as the original, but in a 2RU rackmount chassis. Like its predecessor, the REDDI v2 has a sound and character all its own. The REDDI circuit draws inspiration from a time when the Ampeg B15 bass amp reigned supreme – making liberal use of tubes and transformers. The REDDI v2 not only re-creates that legendary tone, but it also brings it to pro audio.