AD2022 by Avalon anyone heard it?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by ransom, Apr 16, 2002.

  1. ransom

    ransom Guest

    All owners or users please respond as I am about to purchase one for vocals tomorrow?
  2. I've got 3 of the M5 Avalons, they're mono versions of the AD2022. I ended up with those because I originally thought I'd only need one channel of this type of pre. After I got the first I decided I really should have a pair and then finally bought a third to use with a single room mic.

    They're great sounding pres, every bit of sound your mic can muster will be faithfully portrayed by the AD2022 or M5 Avalons.
  3. JT916

    JT916 Guest

    I used them for drum overhead and it rock. I love it.

  4. I have a AD2022 and I LOOOOVE it .... it is my favourite pre for most vocals and especially acoustic instruments like guitars or woodwinds and brass .........
  5. Sir Bob

    Sir Bob Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Which mics do you like for vocals thru a 2022? If I thought I could get by with one channel, what more would I get with the Avalon VT-737 SP, especially for lead vocal?

    I have two channels of Brent Averill 1272 which I like a lot for its big vintage sound, especially micing a guitar amp.

    But I would like something else, maybe something to complement the 1272. The new Great River MP-2NV sounds like it would be great but is that too much like the 1272?

    I particularly think I need a preamp for vocals, acoustic guitar and drum overhead. I got electric guitar covered with the 1272.
  6. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    I alternate between the Avalon & a 33609 on my background vocal chain. I've used it on other bus groups with much success, but I usually like it for sounds I need slower attack & release times on.
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Not really... however the Phoenix Audio DRS-2 is just as cool, gives almost as much variety of tones and available textures... and gets away from the "N" word a little farther.

    In my book it could be 6 of one, half a dozen or the other... they complement each other very nicely.

    Best of luck with your search.
  8. mixfactory

    mixfactory Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I alternate between the Avalon & a 33609 on my background vocal chain. I've used it on other bus groups with much success, but I usually like it for sounds I need slower attack & release times on.

    Hey e-cue,
    I think you are thinking about the 2044 compressor, my choice also for backgrounds submix. I usually strap them with a 2055 EQ or a pair of Amek CIB's. Excellent sounding, also works well for bass.
  9. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    Aurgh. Lost the 1st half of that message.... good lookin' Thrill...

    Basically, I like using all of Avalon's gear together. The 2022 works great keyboards, sound modules, synths, guitars and bass. The 2022 on a direct out of a stand up bass was monsterious (no eq or compression). For vocals I usually go with the 737. On my BG chain I rock the 2044 in the 2055 most of the time.
  10. soundque

    soundque Guest

    You are going to make a $2500 purchase in 24 hours based soley on what a few people say here?
  11. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Sounded more like he had already decided on the purchase (based on immediate necessity) and was looking for comments that would reinforce his decision.
  12. Sir Bob

    Sir Bob Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Sure, it's crazy to go buy something for so much money without hearing it but for some of us, there is no other option. And that's why we spend time here to get opinions and feedback.

    Some of you professionals have lots of opportunity to hear all the equipment. But then there is another group of which I belong. And that is the home recording hobbyist. We started out with Port-A-Studios, maybe moved up to ADAT's and might even be using the same equipment as the professionals.

    I have yet to buy anything from Fletcher. But you can bet when it comes time to get a big-ticket item, going to him will be smart because of his liberal return policy.

    The best I can to is to go down to Guitar Center and play with what they have down their. And I have no complaints with them. Sure some of the salesmen are clueless, but frankly you can probably get your best price there. I also have had a nice experience with Nika at Sweetwater.

    Unfortunately, much of the stuff we talk about here, i.e. Soundelux, Fatso, Distressor, Crane, etc., is not being sold at GC.

    So, in conclusion, yeah some of us don't have an opportunity to hear the stuff we want to buy. I have a hankering to get the Lawson L 47MP ($2,000) but I won't ever get a chance to hear one before I do.
  13. ransom

    ransom Guest

    Thanks for the clarification was exactly what I would have said. i will let all know 2022 is on the way.
    Now if I could decide on an RNC compressor with apogee A/D converters into my 1880, or Cranesong tracker compressor with no A/D converter?
    ( trying to see where to put the big dollar!)
  14. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    The Trakker is mono. Great compressor, just as good for tracking or in stereo link for the two bus for mixing. But unless you only need mono, just one isn't enough. The RNC is as good as everyone says, and it's worth having two. Either is a good long term investment.

    The one thing I'd think about with converters is they won't hold their value as well as pres, compressors, and other quality analog hardware. But if the rest of your signal chain is solid, it is the next place to go.

    Ultimately, you know what you need more than we do.

  15. ransom

    ransom Guest

    How would the RNC vs dbx 160 vu be on my vocal?
    I will try Lucid converter next.

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