A-designs HM2 Nail vs. Slate Pro Audio Dragon

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by Bennos, May 23, 2013.

  1. Bennos

    Bennos Active Member

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    Hey all,

    Does anyone have experience of both of these comps? I'm looking to use it on the drum bus primarily...

    Cheers!
     
  2. sshack

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    I have the Nail and have used the Slate on some sessions (borrowed from my local Pro Audio store).

    The Slate is a great sounding compressor with lots of tonal options/abilities, I just struggled with the price more than anything else. I think he would sell more units if he were a few hundred bucks cheaper.

    The Nail, I love. Tracking, 2-bus, etc....it gets the job done on just about any source I throw at it...and quite well IMO. Overall it's pretty clean sounding, but you can push it to get some gooey mojo, but it always retains a nice vibe even when trying to screw things up!

    Good luck.
     
  3. Bennos

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    Thanka for the response Sshack. One thing that confused me: in Australia at least the Nail is at least $600 more expensive than the Dragon. Are you saying that the Nail is still better value for money?
     
  4. sshack

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    It is, but the Nail is 2 channel, the Dragon is 1. For me, giving up the real estate of 2RU space for a new unit I wanted 2 channels. So, perhaps better said, the Dragon was a bit expensive for my taste for just a single channel.

    Great unit though.
     
  5. Bennos

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    Good call... I'm gonna cop to something really dumb... I had it in my head that the Dragon was a stereo comp with a single set of controls a la the Avalon 747SP :redface:
     
  6. pan60

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    All I have is the A-Designs NIAL ( I have many other comps but not the slate ), so all I can say is I am a big fan of the NAIL.
     

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