Avalon preamps

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by dikger, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. I hear a lot these days about avalon preamps being used on bass, in the studio by all these nashville cats. I have even seen them used live, in somebodies rig. Anyone have exeperience using them live, or studio? Thanks,
  2. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    The U5 is amazing. Heard one recently at a show on top of Aspen Mountain. Most of the gear had to ride up in a ski gondola, so the bass player just brought the Avalon for his rig. Wow! It sounded great in the house!
  3. The U5 is actually a high end direct box as opposed to a preamp. It has a selection of baked in EQ's to choose from, but no bass, mid and treble knobs that you can tweak. That being said, it does a great job for both live and studio work. I blew a transformer on my b15 during a show, and ended up plugging my U5 into a powered JBL Eon for the rest of the gig. It sounded great.
  4. It sounds like that application would work great for my current band. There areno amps on stage at all. Both guitar players run through line6 hd 300 pedalboards. I use a basspod pro. We all use inears for monitoring.
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  6. I personally don't dig the U5, except the "no filters" option. I know plenty of folks who dig the built-in filters on it.

    Now the vt737sp, that's a thing of beauty. But way too expensive and fragile to gig with, in my opinion.
  7. sowilson


    Jul 5, 2013
    Would dig the vt737sp. Anyone try the UA LA-610 MK II?
  8. I have a U5 and love it.

    I also enjoy using it as a pre-amp for my bass playing when I'm not getting tender with it.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  10. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13. Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Not as fragile as you'd think, as long as you're not dumping it out of the back of a truck on the highway.