Originally Posted by tyquan
thanks a lot i want to get the Avalon 737 but it cost a lot can i get the Avalon M5 Mono Pure Class A Microphone Preamp & still be fine or is the extra $555 worth it i just want clear pro warm sounding vocals i know the Avalon 737 has a compresser on but i heard its not the best compresser that there are more dedicated ones that could be used to get the best sound & most ppl tell me that they dont compress wen recording cuz if you get it wrong you cant undo that it its better to compress in the mix so i can use a wave plug ins to compress my vocals in the mix right? & i can use waves eq plug ins for my vocals to & be fine right? or does the eq & compresser on the Avalon 737 what makes it stand out & how good is the Avalon 737 pre just the mic pre side of it? & it the Avalon M5 Mono Pure Class A Microphone Preamp just as good or 80% as good or is it not even worth the money & should i just save up & get the Avalon 737 thanks
I've had the opportunity to work with both the 737 & the M5 & although they're both GREAT preamps in every aspect, I'd recommend you check out the Avalon V5, which in IMHO is up to par with both of them!!! You could either save or invest the additional $500 - $1500 on some other gear. Yes I own it. Depending on who or what I'm recording, I match it up with either a TLM 102, C414 XLS, EV RE20, SM57, Beta 58, Genesis or R77 & EVERYTHING sounds EXCELLENT, unless the source is half-ass of course!!! Thanks to the advice I've received here on Gearslutz in regards to PROPERLY treating my recording space & experimenting with mic positioning, the ONLY EQ & dynamics processing I use is HPF (if needed), very light compression or limiting (if needed). FYI, the V5 has loads of headroom & clean-dead quiet gain till the very end. If you want to go more economic, you should also check the True-Systems P-Solo & the Focusrite ISA One. Both IMHO are also EXCELLENT!!!