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Avalon M5 vs Great River ME-1NV

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Seansean, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Seansean

    Seansean Active Member

    I need a preamp for recording vocals.

    Is anyone familiar with either the Avalon M5 or the Great River ME-1NV?

    These are the two I'm debating between. They are basically the same price.

    I look forward to hearing any thoughts,
  2. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Please let us know what other gear you are using to track these with - tape? DAW? what are your A/D converters?

    I have used neither, but have heard great things from people I trust that Great River is bang for the buck. Avalon I've always shied away from as a bit too shiny.

    I hate to link to another site, but there is some discussion here: Avalon M5 or Great River MP-1NV? - Home Recording
  3. Seansean

    Seansean Active Member

    Im using a Logic Studio 9 and have a Pre Sonus firestudio. I'm also tracking vocals with an AKG C414 BXL II.

    I check out that previous thread, it looks like the 1NV is running away with it. I never heard of Great River until I started researching this, and I seen/used Avalon in every studio I've recorded in. That is where my natural bias came from.
  4. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    I know the M5 gets a bad rap but we've had one for a few years and it gets its fair share of use. good solid preamp with clear sound and good for tracking instruments as well. The DI is nice and some bass players like it. Now compared to GR, GML, or APIs, not quite there and probably a bit overpriced but if you can find a used one it should serve your needs. Get the GR and buy an M5 if an amazing deal shows up somewhere.
  5. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Apples to oranges.....

    They are both excellent Pre's. The great river has more lower mid range punch to it. Making it great for most vocals. The M5 is a cleaner pre and passes fast trasients a bit better. Both are excellent.
  6. Seansean

    Seansean Active Member

    Gun to your head: You have to pick one or the other, both priced the same and both being used on vocals.

    What do you go with? Why?
  7. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I am more of a neve fan for vocals so I would go with great river....but it really depends on the singer.....
  8. Front End Audio

    Front End Audio Active Member

    The Great River sure sounds nice on a multitude of sources! Transformer based pre's will always be in style! We sell a ton of them and no one ever returns them. It's one of those pre's you will never want to get rid of!


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