Avalon VT-737SP
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Avalon VT-737SP

VT-737SP, Channel Strip from Avalon.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 28 reviews )
 15 reviews54 %
 6 reviews21 %
 2 reviews7 %
 1 user review4 %
 2 reviews7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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yoTrakkz12/01/2011

yoTrakkz's review"worth it"

Avalon VT-737SP
This is a tube preamp, but using modern technology, it does sound a little different from the classic tube preamps. This has two preamps on it, both of which have the same controls. It needs to be put into a racked unit to work, and you need to either plug directly into it or have it set up in your patch bay to work.


UTILIZATION

The editing on this pre-amp isn't much different than most pre-amps. For each channel, It has an attenuation (input gain) knob. phantom power (+48v), a -20db pad, and phase reverse. Each channel also has an input (Lo-Z) that is designed to perform well with transformerless mics. The manual will explain everything about this pre-amp in detail, and the customer service that comes with it is very good. If you have any questions concerns or issues of any kind all you have to do is call up the people at Avalon and they will take care of you with no questions asked.


SOUND QUALITY

This preamp has a great sound to it. It doesn't color the sound too drastically, although it isn't completely transparent. However, most of the time you don't want something completely transparent anyway, mainly because it'd be a dull sound. The Fearn sounds particularly good with low end instruments like bass and kick drums, but it can be used for all instruments well. It does a particularly good job of bringing out a full, round sound and emphasizing the favorable frequencies.


OVERALL OPINION

I like the sound of this preamp the best. I haven't had the chance to use the Lo-Z input yet, but I look forward to it. The phase reverse and phantom power work fine, and the pad is useful. There isn't much more to say, other than this is a great tube pre-amp with a few modern touches thrown in for good measure.
mooseherman06/24/2010

mooseherman's review"High-Quality, smooth preamp"

Avalon VT-737SP
This is a vacuum tube based pre-amp. Unlike some other preamps, this one is only one pre-amp per rack unit. There are also compressors and equalizers on this pre-amp too, which makes it a really versatile thing indeed. There are two XLR inputs in the rear, one for mic and one for line inputs. There is also an XLR out as well as a compressor link (1/4"). There is also phantom power, a phase reverse, a button for high gain mode as well as a filter switch for activating the high or low-pass filters.

UTILIZATION

This is actually a somewhat complex piece of machinery. In addition to the mic pre's you have compressors and EQs for each unit, so there's a whole lot of controls for this thing. The dilemma arises when you decide whether or not you want to add compression later, or just do it right away. As far as the pre-amp goes, there are knobs for input gain, a switch to determine whether the input is mic, instrument, or line, and a high pass filter. The compressor has four knobs, Threshold, Compression, Attack and Release. The EQ is four-band (Low, Lo Mid, High Mid, Hi), and there is an output switch right next to it. There are also four filter knobs underneath the EQ. The EQ and compressor can be bypassed by hitting the respective switches.

SOUND QUALITY

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't record anybody else's projects with the compression or EQ on. I like this unit for the sound of the mic pre alone. However, I experimented a few times and found that the compressor is a particularly versatile one when applied in the right situations. I actually found it comparable to many outboard compressors that we own. The EQ I didn't like as much, mainly because it wasn't easy to work with after the fact, during mixing. However, this pre-amp is solid enough that I don't think I'd worry too much about the compressor or EQ. The tone is so clear and warm, and while it's not completely transparent, I have yet to find an instance where it hasn't worked for me. I've used it on everything from drum overheads to guitars and bass, and have had good results.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the fact that this pre-amp has such a good sound. The compressor and EQ are neat features, but I'm wondering what the cost would have been had they not added these features. It might be more worth it to just get this instead of a compressor and EQ, that way you have it all in one unit. Most people, especially those who have a lot of outboard gear, probably wouldn't do that, but home studio owners might. Overall, this is a really versatile and solid machine.
joris3308/11/2014

joris33's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unquestionable reference"

Avalon VT-737SP
Tube amp, XLR input and Line, XLR output, integrated compressor and EQ, 2U rackmount

UTILIZATION

Entrusts's that simple, no need for manual, ear, enough to test different settings

SOUND QUALITY

A honeyed warmth that's good to hear! attention to, compression, you can quickly lose transients if the rule no matter how (in a sense this is normal, it is on the high end preamp, we go not to hard)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years, I bought it used! I would do without hesitation that choice! Use live on a micro or hardware to the mix! Visible in almost all studios and this is normal, a benchmark to live up to its reputation
rroland12/29/2013

rroland's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sometimes good, sometimes average."

Avalon VT-737SP
Channel strip with the preamp and compressor are lamps, the "equalization" being transistors. Gorgeous look, a little "bling bling Rican."

UTILIZATION

Rather simple to use and understand, the manual is correct for those who need it.

SOUND QUALITY

For me this machine is sometimes excellent, and often disappointing. This is not a machine to do everything. Percussive sounds and bass are not very well made to me. On vocal recordings, on the other hand, it is sometimes magical. Everything depends on the style, the microphone and voice. I do not recommend this Avalon to anyone looking for a versatile tool. on the other hand, it complements your studio very useful if you already have) some machines. I changed the tubes from my machine there a few years ago to place lamps OUR E188CC and won its clarity and definition. Unfortunately these lamps are very expensive. But there's really improved in quality, so no regrets. For cons, I do not like the compressor: soft knee. Most often I'm off and passing the signal through an external compressor.

OVERALL OPINION

I use since 2001. I like the look of the machine (clients studio too), the fact that this is not a "swiss army knife" but a machine which in some cases proved perfect. Over time it is a "super channel" that holds up well (robust, well designed). I would do this choice without hesitation. I give 8/10 to a total lack of versatility. this is not a true fault (to the extent that other machines are available). in fact it is sometimes 9/10 (or 9.5), which may be 6 or 7 out of 10, depending on the source. But what a look!
boogie-raf03/05/2011

boogie-raf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good value for money"

Avalon VT-737SP
Lamp technology; Rackable.

UTILIZATION

Very simple, basic settings

SOUND QUALITY

Color the sound slightly.
Suitable for any type of source.

OVERALL OPINION

3 years and every day.
I have other preamps, but no channel strip.

+ + +: EQ is very warm. the boost in the EQ does not sound aggressive, and the boost at 20 kHz and beyond add air to the vote. You are not supposed to hear these frequencies and there is yet quite magical. the bass is soft. the preamp is also very good. combination with the U87 is a classic terribly effective.

---: The compressor is not the most convincing of the market. Time attack - release do not do what we want. the Q are not really tight surgical.

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Pucelle_Dabidjan04/18/2010

Pucelle_Dabidjan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Avalon VT-737SP
Characteristics already mentioned but in summary: strip complete with preamp eq and compressor.

UTILIZATION

I found the big knobs good. A little more force to rotate would have been nice. Everything is well arranged and there is room for not taking the paws. Everything is arranged logically.

SOUND QUALITY

I had a little problem with the sound delivered from the machine. Indeed, it offers a lot of sounds, but I always felt that my sound was covered with a kind of silk film. I've heard more clearly and I found the sound a bit clumsy with a tendency boomesque marked according to the settings (which I find a little abuse compared to the price). I think there must be a fan of this sound, I am not. I did not like the grain of the compressor. The eq is effective and cons pleasing to my ear. Damage.

OVERALL OPINION

A good wheel that has some success, but failed to hang on. Given the budget to invest, I would look certainly to something else. But if you like that type of sound, then you will certainly find a good reason to buy it.