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Avalon, Focusrite ISA430 MKII, or SPL Frontliner? Which one to get?

Hey guys,
I really need good advice! feedback or anything that can help me choose between these 3 Channel Strips.

I can buy any of these and I need to get one fairly soon. I think I’ve read almost everything online regarding these Channel Strips, but the votes are so 50/50, so can’t make up my mind, especially if you can’t test them all.

This will be used ONLY for vocals, mainly male vocals. Music type: Cinematic arrangements with lots of lush vocals, ambient, pop and electronic genres.

Avalon, Neve 1073,Pacifica

Running 1967 fender tele through all of them,I found the following:

Avalon:Pretty clear, not a lot of color, not very punchy pretty much what I put in

Pacifica very punchy,more dimension and a nice low and top end it just sounded better in my opinion .

Neve 1073: punchy has a great low end and I did not notice the clarity on the top end that I would preferred,but very cool nonetheless .

What's your guy's experience with these

Warm Audio - WA12 Microphone Preamp 312 Style (API SSL Neve AVALON)


I wanted to introduce a new 312 style mic preamp to the forum. The Warm Audio WA12 is completely discrete with custom wound USA made Cinemag transformers, 71db's of gain and high headroom. I've sold 8 channels of this design to a Neve console owner in Florida at a much higher price, it is the real deal. Though the price tag suggests otherwise, this is not a budget or sub-pro piece of gear, it hangs right along side pres with much loftier price tags.

Things that make the preamp noteworthy/unique:

Transporting Avalon737 by airplane?

How to transport a tube pre by airplane without it being damaged by the roughness of airport workers? My cousin is in USA right now, he'll be back to Brazil in 2 weeks, and I asked hI'm to bring me an Avalon...Ok

I've seen a lotta times that guys in airport throwing the stuff to get them in/out the plane, and even saw one of them throwing someone's hard-case that looked like a stack head, where it rolled off the ground etc and I tought to myself 'if it's tube, it's gone'

Could an active bass blow a tube in my Avalon?

Had a session the other night. Plugged the bass into my Avalon 737 with the Avalon set to "Instrument".
Was getting signal thru the Avalon into my board, where I set the trI'm to appropriate level. Recording went fine over the two hour session.
I only found out later that the bass was an "active" bass with it's own preamp circuitry. Don't know what brand.
The next day I went to do a vocal through the Avalon and it wasn't working. It would pass only a very low-level signal through and no amount of knob twisting affected it.

Looking for options aside from the Avalon VT737

I am trying to upgrade my studio right now and I am looking to get the most for my money. My buddy runs an Avalon VT737 and I really really like the results we get with it. I know I need some help in the analog preamp/compressor territory. Is there a better option out there for the 2100 I'd drop on the 737? Like perhaps more channels, or just more versatility? I am looking at sebatrons 4 channel preamp. I was over on that forum reading reviews and comments and people really seem into it. What do you guys think I should do? maybe an Avalon U5 or two and a compressor of some sort?

Big Signal Hit from AKG 414 on Avalon 2022 from Phantom 48

Hello people, I am wondering from sometime now why when I turn on or off the phantom power on my Avalon 2022 for my AKG 414 BXL II it gives 2 or 3 signal hits for over +3 dbs, an then settles. They work great together, but always behaves the same manner after turning on/off its phantom +48 power. Is this normal, sometimes in the powering of the +48 signal says hello this way?. Impedance for the 414 is >200 ohm. Avalons impedance switch is on the MIC, which is 1500 ohms. As I understand, Pre's impedance should be 10 times more than mics.