This an analog, solid-state pure class A electronics preamplifier. It has two discrete channels. It includes phantom power, and a 20dB pad on each channel, as well as polarity reversal switch, and a variable high pass filter that can be turned on or off. The input impedance is also variable, and this unit accepts DI as well as mics. It uses XLR connections. It is a rackmounted preamp, and takes up two standard rack spaces. It also looks really great, with the brushed steel plate cover, and backlit VU meters.
This unit is quite simple to use - there aren't that many features. That said, what it does, it does great. Editing the settings is super easy - just a few clearly labeled knobs and switches. Avalon provides a very thorough manual however, so if you read it and spend just a short time familiarizing yourself, you should have no problems in utilization.
The sound of the sources is captured in silky smooth, extremely accurate fidelity. This is a very transparent preamp, with a TON of gain available to use with very low noise. It doesn't really impart much of a flavor to the sound, but a lot of times you don't want that anyway. I love to use this pre on things like background vocals, acoustic instruments, and drum overheads (since it's two channel, you can use this for your stereo drum overheads quite easily). I also have been using it for DI bass guitar, and I have yet to get better bass guitar sounds than by DI'ing my bass through the AD2022. The low end is all there and is very controlled, but the presence you need to get the bass to still cut through is well represented too.
I have been using this preamp for about a year. I love the huge amount of gain you can get from it without it getting noisy, and how crystal clear the signals sound. It does seem to make them sound bigger as well. Bigger and wider, like there is more there to hear than you'd get if you used something like the Avalon 737. One caveat is that it has a somewhat annoying external power supply that you have to find space for. Really though, I can't think of hardly anything else negative to say about this great item. I have tried a variety of preamps, and while they all have their uses, this is the one I go to first when I am looking for a clean, accurate reproduction of an acoustic source. This is an expensive model, but after my first day of using, I had no regret whatsoever. It is well worth the money. I'd buy it again, and plan to in the future to get more channels of this thing!
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
A transistor preamp.
selector of impdence for between micro, fabulous, has opened many more possibilities with microphones that we know well, such decrease impdence using an sm57 gives mediums fabulous.
XLR and jack connectors for instruments between faade
The use is very simple once one has mastered the bte, say that one expects a more flashy rsultat to beginners but when we identified the true personality is questioned his own sound and approach DEFINITIONS ..
trs simple to use if you have the taste and when you're in his way ...
Manuel ...??? ah yes the two leaves that begin with: "Congratulations for buying this great preamp ,..." sheet no manual
Transparency is the ultimate, and I DEFINITIONS incredible test of a cello, grand piano, acoustic guitars, electric, voice and mood ...
it gives me the best pramplis the world it does not impose too many characters, it has many lgance in the reproduction of the source and if the sound is made, the only thing he adds is the class
I use it for 5 months, I loved her look from afar, prs, it is always nice but the buttons enough "metal", .. machine is a kind .. tac tac .. when you turn the knobs, when you see it is expected that the knobs are like the air condition of a Rolls Royce and a little otherwise.
but when the branch .. we forget everything
I tried a lot of things before, UA, SPL, TLA, Presonus, Focusrite, and I became a huge fan of Avalon and the one mainly has allowed me to how couraging I liked the sound ... and a friend with whom I worked, using the 2022 14 hours a day told me "who do not like the Avalon is that it does not like music"
the price is the price .. well what can we do about it ... all that is good and is paid a worth! I not only remake that choice but I achter well a 2nd!
Therefore, because the great quality of this machine is to be natural, ie it respects the fact that there must be air in the sound as in nature. in nature it does not sound flattering, it is just ar spacious, there's peroit or diffrent dimmensions, the sound is clear and transparent Dfine .. the avalon sound reproduced with the natural quality, while keeping its identity machine, the only thing he imposes his or only caratre he adds is a certain softness and comfort to this has the cost makes the musical journey so enjoyable.
the music is first and foremost to have fun ...