Avalon Design VT-737SP - Channel Strip

Avalon Design VT-737SP - Channel Strip

Avalon Design VT-737SP - Channel Strip

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  • Single Channel
  • Microphone Preamp
  • Instrument DI
  • Line Input
  • Opto-Compressor
  • 4 Band EQ
  • VU Meter
  • Universal Power Supply
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Avalon Design VT-737SP overview

  • 1Description

The VT-737SP from Avalon is a single-channel, vacuum tube Class-A processor that combines a tube microphone preamp, instrument DI, opto-compressor, and a 4-band parametric EQ.

The high-performance channel strip provides incredible warmth, depth, and character to digital recordings, and is a perfect front-end for digital audio workstations and broadcast studios.

Vacuum tube triode signal path
High-performance microphone input transformer with +48V phantom power selection
Instrument DI high source input with front panel connector
High-gain switch boosts the overall gain of the preamplifier
Full dynamic control from soft compression to hard- knee limiting can be achieved with threshold, ratio-compression, attack and release controls
Special spectral control including de-ess is available with the dual sweep mid EQ to side-chain switch
All discrete Class-A equalizer switchable between Pre/Post compressor
High- and low-frequency bands provide the smooth characteristics of an all passive design
Dual mid-bands include variable frequency and switched Q-width selection
Range of the mid-bands is extended into the high- and low-bands by the use of x10 frequency multipliers
Output level control provides a variable control of the overall signal path
Large VU meter for output level and compressor gain reduction monitoring
Switchable power supply
In the Box
Avalon Design VT-737SP - Channel Strip
  • AC Power Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Avalon Design VT-737SP specs

    Number of Channels Single
    Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone (rear)
    1 x XLR Balanced Line (rear)
    1 x 1/4" TS Phone Instrument (front)
    Outputs 1 x XLR
    Frequency Response 10Hz to 200kHz, -3dB line in to line out
    Noise EIN: -116dB, 22Hz to 22kHz unweighted
    Preamp
    Gain Range Mic Pre: 0db to 58db
    Instrument: 0dB to 30 dB
    Line: -27dB to 28 dB
    Maximum Output +30dB
    Input Impedance Not specified by manufacturer
    Phantom Power +48V
    Compressor
    Threshold Range -30dB to +20dB
    Ratio 1:1 to 20:1
    Attack Time 2mSec to 200mSec
    Release Time 100mSec to 5Sec
    Slope Not specified by manufacturer
    Sidechain Internal with EQ
    Equalizer
    Filter Type Discrete Class A, variable active and switched passive design
    Frequency Bands Treble: Switched, 10kHz, 15kHz, 20kHz, 32kHz
    High-Mid: Variable 200Hz to 2.8kHz or 2kHz to 28kHz (10x switch)
    Low-Mid: Variable 30Hz to 450Hz or 300Hz to 4k5Hz (10x switch)
    Bass: Switched, 15Hz, 30Hz, 60Hz, 150Hz
    Bandwidth Treble: Shelf
    High-Mid: Hi-Lo Q
    Low-Mid: Hi-Lo Q
    Bass: Shelf
    Range (Boost/Cut) Treble: +/- 20dB
    High-Mid: +/- 16dB
    Low-Mid: +/- 16dB
    Bass: +/- 24dB range
    Light Indication
    Threshold Range Not applicable
    Ratio Not applicable
    Attack Time Not applicable
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    Threshold Range Not applicable
    Frequency Range Not applicable
    Gate
    Gate Threshold Not applicable
    Gate Rate Not applicable
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19" x 12" x 3 1/2"
    Weight 22 lbs
    Specialties Sealed silver relays for signal routing
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 28.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 18.5 x 8.3"

    Avalon Design VT-737SP reviews

    VT-737SP - Channel Strip is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Processor Ive been used to record guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, vocals in my studio and the sound its always great, warm and fat in all situations. I really like to have a Tube Preamp with EQ and Compressor, I can setup the whole tone using this avalon.
    Date published: 2008-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great channel strip I use it with vocals an acoustic guitars, usually with a Neumann TLM49 or Rode NTK.I love the warmth of the tubes in the preamp. The eq is outstanding. The compressor section is very nice, but a little tricky because the attack and release times are a little bit slow and tends to sound too transparent. I compress a lot the vocals and bass and I really like the sound of the optical compressors. If you are good sound engineer an musician, Youll love it.
    Date published: 2014-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 years and still a beauty I know that the Avalon 737 has been around for quite some time now, but it is still Number one for me. yesterday somebody tried to offer me something else, something new and we did an A/B head to head compare session, and the 737 stood out by miles... If you're a good sound engineer, you'll know how to tame this wild horse. The pre-amp and EQ sections are out of this world. Colored ? Maybe, but I just love this colour
    Date published: 2015-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tube pre, EQ and Compressor This preamp sounds great for multiple recording applications- I own two 737s, they're versatile and quite powerful when you understand all the functions.
    Date published: 2011-01-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Biggest piece of junk on the market! I've had 2 of these. The first one I bought brand new. I was planning on using it on bass but the compressor was so limp is the best way to put it. It is so sqooshy and all over the place. I does not accurately compress. Because of this overwhealming issue and consumer complaints they started ffering a higher end commprssor mod if you wanna pay another $500 plus!!! So this just shows that the original compressor is faulty and does not effectively do it job! However I did buy a second unit with the compressor mod in it and it worked 50% better!!! The problem is... every pro studio hs to have one! For some reson people do request them quite often. I will let the client think they are playing thru the unit (have it lit upand meters moving from sending a CD Player to it or something. Lol. But actually I will have them going thru a Neve or API into a distressor. Also, the mic pres way to colorful. I like high end transparent mic pres that actually capture the sound of the instrument, not add sound.The EQ's are decent but who records with EQ anyway? No one... ammatures! EQ is for live applictions so maybe this might be a good hunk of metal for the stage but int the studio forget it!
    Date published: 2012-01-25
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