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I have the u87 and the avolon 737 and sometimes my vocals are not smooth or warm at all. Are there any tips that any one has to help me in any way?

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Guest Sun, 01/01/2006 - 20:42

What are you recording to? The 737 and 87 is a great combination for many applications, especially vocals. Not sure what you are doing. I use the same combination all the time with great results. Are you familiar with the various settings on the unit? Do you understand the settings on the mic itself? I'll do my best to help.

anonymous Mon, 01/02/2006 - 04:40

iznogood wrote: the 737 is not a warm pre..
the 87 is not a warm mic..

I've heard of guys using a GT Vipre with the U87ai. Or even a Sebatron and get great results.
And as iznogood says, warm is not something I've read about the Avalon 737 either.
And I got the impression from the Avalon web-site that the M5 was a warmer sounding unit, with a broader sound (as far as the output is concerned).

Reggie Wed, 01/04/2006 - 09:45

iznogood wrote: the problem here is not the audiophile imo....

caisson.... have you heard the 2496?? i actually think it represents great value for money and while i haven't done an A/B test against the rme i used it for a while for recording vinyls and never thought it thinned out my records.....

Correct. I switch back and forth between a 2496 and an RME Multiface depending on where I am or what I am doing (although the monitoring is different...) and I don't really have any complaints in sound quality. I did record some white noise through the 2496 A/D one time to rule something out, and it didn't do any thinning out as far as I could see from the spectrum analyzer. About as flat as white noise can be.

Reggie Thu, 01/05/2006 - 06:32

I'm just saying it is unlikely to be a limiting factor sound-wise. I haven't done any side-by-side comparisons, but I've never said to myself "Self, things would be sounding a lot better if only I had some better converters than this 2496." I think you would have to have a pretty nice monitoring/room/ears setup to notice anything very wrong with the converters. Of course its real limiting factor for using it for anything too serious is the fact that its inputs and outputs are not many.

atlasproaudio Thu, 01/05/2006 - 18:02

stizzo wrote: I have the u87 and the avolon 737 and sometimes my vocals are not smooth or warm at all. Are there any tips that any one has to help me in any way?

Maybe it's just not the right combination for you. You could try changing the mic or pre, or both. Maybe rent or buy a couple pieces of gear and try something new. Great River NV preamp is warm, the Soundelux ifet7 is smooth and warm, badda bing.

anonymous Tue, 01/24/2006 - 10:05

I understand

I'm in the same boat as you. The Avalon works great for so many things but I just can't seem to get my vocals right on it. I was wondering if anybody knew of a mod that could be preformed or if getting a new preamp is a must. And, If getting a new preamp is the way to go and money is no object, What are some suggestions that are out there?