A-Designs' world-class HAMMER 2 is one of a very select few audio tools that enhances sound simply by running signal through it.
With an overall frequency range covering 30Hz to 40kHz, the HAMMER 2 couldn't be easier to use. Each channel features six detented rotary controls: three frequency selector knobs (Lo, Mid, Hi), which are stepped switches for easy recall, each with an accompanying gain knob providing continuously variable boost or cut of 12dB. Each band has a selectable center frequency and overlaps with the other bands in such a way that makes for a seamless transition throughout the entire spectrum.
Both channels also feature individual toggle switches for EQ In/Out as well as Lo Cut (84Hz) and Hi Cut (8kHZ), filters that allow engineers to perform utilitarian EQ chores while still being able to bring the full power of the HAMMER 2's three bands to bear. Mainly intended as a "broad stroke" equalizer, the product's bandwidth (Q) is self-adjusting (floating), based on a combination of the amount of gain applied and the dynamics and frequency content of the program material.
The HAMMER 2's unique ability to have its Q "move with the music" is one the keys to its incredible musical performance and another reason why it's practically impossible to make signals sound bad at any frequency or gain setting. Along with its innovative tube-harmonic filtering circuit, a pair of carefully selected 12AT7 tubes-offering the most consistent control of any tube-and a custom, heavy-duty toroidal power transformer add the final touches to the HAMMER 2's signal path.
Like its sibling-A-Designs Audio's NAIL compressor-the HAMMER 2 features a black, custom-milled, brushed 2U faceplate sporting custom-milled aluminum control knobs, a heavy-duty Carling toggle power switch, and a big blue jewel power indicator lamp-overall, a stunning combination of "modern-retro" looks that jump out of the rack.
"The HAMMER 2 is an inspired design whose sonic signature is far greater than the sum of its components," Montessi adds. "Equally at home in tracking applications or as an insert effect on individual channels, the product is the ultimate full-range finishing device for submixes and master outputs. After all, what audio toolbox would be complete without a HAMMER 2"