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Discussion in 'Recording' started by brother, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. brother

    brother Guest

    i want to get a pre for my home studio but also use it at gigs for my bass. i saw a guy using an avalon u5 last night and his rig sounded sweet! i`ve heard good things about the brick also. i`d like to use the pre i get for guitar an vocals and whatever. any suggestions. budget is a consideration.
  2. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    I'm not sure the U5 has a mic pre. I know the M5 does but I'm thinking the U5 is a direct box only while the brick is a direct box and mic pre.
  3. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    The U5 is only a direct box. One of the finest direct boxes available, but it has no mic pre functionality.
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Yes, the U5 is a sweet DI. It's one of the only Avalon pieces I would buy.

    If you're looking at a straight DI though, also check out the Radial J48. It's an AMAZING sounding DI (I prefer it over the avalon on some sources - particularly jazz guitar and jazz bass as well as upright bass with pick-up). The price on it is great too. You could get it AND the brick for the same price as the U5.

  5. brother

    brother Guest

    thank you

    thanx you guys.

    BROKENBONES Active Member

    i have used a U5 before. they are reliable pieces of equipment.
    i would recommend that.
  7. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    I own a U5, it sounds fantastic.
    It also sounds nice on acoustic guitar as well.
  8. voidar

    voidar Guest

    GT have a DI-only Brick too, called the Ditto. It's cheaper.
  9. fiddler59

    fiddler59 Active Member

    I use a Brick for live stage and recording. It excels at both. Lee Sklar uses
    one too. Pretty good endorsement I would say !!
  10. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    I also own a SansAmp Bass DI. It is sweet. And it's fairly cheap. Do yourself a favor and try one out. They kick major ars
    It's great for live use & recording. Its a bass preamp/ DI.
  11. SeniorFedup

    SeniorFedup Guest

    they are both good
  12. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mr. Colbert - thank you for the excellent report...

    I'm gonna have to step in and play "mean moderator" though. We're gonna need to have you change your Avatar to something a LITTLE smaller. This kinda thing eats up bandwidth.


  13. Along the same lines, Tech21 also makes rack mount preamps such as the PSA-1 or the RBI. You can probably find one on eBay for $300.
  14. brother

    brother Guest


    got the brick, sounds great recording my bass. used it on keys too. sounds good! i dont have any other pre or di to compare it too(yet) but my recordings are sounding a lot better so far. it`s a big improvement.
  15. i was going to say look into an a-designs reddi but looks like you already got the brick. thatll work too.

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