May 15th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Hey guys, I have found a used Avalon 737 preamp for a pretty good price. I have it on hold until I can drive up to Atlanta to pick it up on Friday. What are your experiences with one? It looks like a great unit that will help make my recordings sound even better. I am trying to get as close to a professional sound a possible. I have been using a Preonus channel strip. Some of you who have listened to my songs on here may can comment on the improvement I can expect to hear. Vocals are what I want to benefit the most fom this unit.
May 15th, 2012, 05:09 PM
I've used them a lot.
For the right price, sure- but imho there are better channel strips out there.
I'd buy an API channel strip, Empirical Labs Mike E, Neve Portico or Pendulum Quartet before I'd buy a 737 new.
Depends on how cheap it is.
It will be a big step up from your Presonus.
May 15th, 2012, 09:39 PM
The price or the used Avalon is $1550. Seems like a good price as long as it is in good shape.
May 15th, 2012, 09:57 PM
The pre is ok - not a lot of character, and to me kind of "soft" sounding. Not sure that's the right word.
The eq is quite nice.
The compressor is , uh, interesting. Slooooow. There is a mod (known as the Babyface mod) that makes the attack and release times (IIRC) faster. Not fast, exactly - but faster.
I really like DIing bass with it.
So, really depends on your needs. If you want a pre with more character or a fast comp, this is not your box. They look good though - except perhaps not the original purple ones.
If I had to do it again, I don't think I'd go for the 737 myself. You could get a Daking pre/eq and a decent and more versatile stereo comp (FMR, Overstayer, maybe the Gap or Chameleon labs ones - I haven't used the latter two - just throwing out names that might be in the ballpark $$-wise) new - for around the price of that Avalon.
Edit - just want to add that that the Avalon isn't a bad piece of gear. I may have come off that way. It is a bit quirky though, especially the comp. So before you make the plunge, just make sure it does what you want.
May 15th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Anybody who can compare the Avalon to he UNiversal Audio LA-610 mkII? That was the other one I was looking at. I just looked at the Daking, they look great as well
May 16th, 2012, 11:12 AM
I would take either of those over the Avalon. Like the others, I've used them. They are fine. But that price is about what a new UA runs if they haven't skyrocketed lately. I've used the UA a lot and love it. Daking is really tight. A lot depends on your mic.
May 16th, 2012, 12:00 PM
Get the UA without question. If the $1,599 price tag is not a problem at least you have a really decent peice of gear and under manufacturer's warranty.
May 22nd, 2012, 01:03 AM
Thanks for the input guys. I ended up getting the UA LA-610 mkII and I am more than happy with it. I have already recorded a song with It and the difference is way more noticeable than I though it would be! Love it.
I will post the song when It is done.
May 22nd, 2012, 04:32 PM
Excellent choice. Should last most of a lifetime.