Avalon Design M5 Microphone Preamp

Avalon Design M5 Microphone Preamp

Avalon Design M5 Microphone Preamp

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  • Mono
  • Pure Class A Design
  • Minimal Signal Path
  • Ideal for Vocals & Acoustics
  • High-Performance Input Transformer
  • DC-Coupled Pure Class A Output
  • Variable High-Pass Filter
  • Sealed Silver Signal Routing
  • Large VU Meter
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Avalon Design M5 overview

  • 1Description

The Avalon M5 Microphone Preamp is a pure Class A microphone preamp, designed to capture absolute signal integrity and musical detail. It is ideal for vocals and acoustic instruments, with 100% discrete circuitry to provide demanding audio professionals with the highest standard in performance and sonic excellence.

The M5 has a minimalist's signal path, with a high-performance input transformer and DC-coupled, pure Class A output. There is a high-pass filter which can be adjusted to your needs, and the signal routing relays are sealed silver. The M5 features a large, professional VU meter.

Pure Class A, 100% discrete design
Minimum audio signal path
High performance input transformer
DC coupled Pure Class A output
Variable passive high pass (bass cut) filter
All signal routing with sealed silver relays
Large illuminated professional VU meter
In the Box
Avalon Design M5 Microphone Preamp
  • External Toroidal 100-240V, 50-60Hz Selectable BT2 Power Supply
  • 8' 4-Pin AC Cable
  • 8' Power Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Avalon Design M5 specs

    Number of Channels 1
    Inputs
  • 1 x XLR microphone
  • 1 x 1/4" TS instrument input
  • 1 x XLR 4 pin for B&K 4000 microphone (requires optional daughter board to function)
  • Output 1 x XLR balanced
    Phantom Power +48v regulated 50mA capability
    Multi Function DI for guitars, bass and keyboards
    Gain Range 0dB to +64dB (in 2dB steps)
    Maximum Output Level +30dB, unbalanced 600 ohms
    Frequency Response 1Hz to 120kHz transformer limit
    Noise EIN: -126dB 150 ohm
    Dimensions 2U half rack width, 12" deep
    Specialties Single and double M5 19" rack mount kit available
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    Package Weight 20.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.25 x 17.9 x 7.0"

    Avalon Design M5 reviews

    M5 Microphone Preamp is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to the hype I use the preamp in my home recording studio The M5 is a beautiful and amazing pre. It allows my microphone to perform at its full potential. The gain and high pass filter are easy to adjust to suit the source audio, allowing recordings to always come through very full, warm, and clean. That means plug-ins will always sound great on the recordings when mixing. The M5 is very quiet, which reduces unwanted noises from being picked up while recording. Worlds away from the cheaper gear I've used in the past. There is no power switch on the M5. If you don't want it to continuously draw electricity from the wall you have to unplug it every time you finish using it. It will need up to 30 minutes to warm up each time you plug it in. Allowing the preamp to warm up increases its performance.
    Date published: 2011-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect partner to my AVALON U5 I have owned the AVALON U5 for about a year, and I was to the point where I needed a good mic-pre for recording vocals, I was not happy with what I was getting from my system. I am glad I went with the M5, as it is a perfect match in my studio. This is my first High Quality Preamp, and believe that I made the right choice. I tracked a song that I have been working on, using a AKG C 414 B-XL II, and I am exited to say that it is done. It's like the hardest piece of a puzzle, the one that took the longest to find, and finally you found it and can say ahh!
    Date published: 2010-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet! This is a great pre. Sound is so warm and smooth. The only issue is that there is no real off switch. There is no way to conveniently turn it off. It is a tube, so you must turn it off (unplug it) to save the life of the tube.
    Date published: 2011-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Staple that will become a classic! Chances are that if you are looking to buy a high-end pre-amp, you are tired of having the harmonic content of your sound source mysteriously disappear from your tracks. If you don't know why, keep on reading . . .The sound quality of the Avalon M5 is nothing short of outstanding! And there are reasons why . . .Its design respects one of the most basic rules of audio: the shortest the signal path, the better the sound. With that said, Avalon designed this unit featuring an unbalanced output, for one thing.One would say: Unbalanced?? No!!!In fact the answer should be a big yes! Balanced connections are only beneficial when you use extremely long cables or in environments that are populated with strong RF. Since the professional studio should be free of such RF interference and the distance between the unit and you board would be short, it just makes sense to eliminate yet one more circuit - again, shortening the signal path, using less electronics.In other words: the Avalon M5 has all it needs AND ONLY WHAT IT NEEDS to do the job it is supposed to. No added frills, no myriad of buttons. That is why it is one of the very best pre-amps in the market.That allows for the crisp, transparent sound that comes out of the unit. Again, the simplicity of the circuitry prevents the all-so-common loss of harmonics throughout the range of the recorded material.The sound is rich and full.To give you a practical example of this, recording a female or male vocal without the Avalon, you will very commonly end up boosting hi-ends on the EQ to make the voice cut through the mix, even if you do the right thing and build your mix around the lead voice.With the Avalon, since these harmonics are all present in the track, you will see the vocal cutting through without the need to adulterate the original tone of the vocalist.This is just one example of it. The same is true for other materials such as saxophones, flutes, brass in general, etc.Try recording an upright bass with the Avalon . . . it is almost like you can transform a mid-range instrument into a top-notch, old dry wood classic instrument . . . again, because of the harmonic content that is captured and not suppressed.Another great thing about the M5 is the headroom . . . recording a powerful singer is just a breeze . . . The M5 can take high SPL's before clipping.One very annoying thing though is the position of the phantom power switch . . . with the growing popularity of ribbon mics, it is imperative to have a good handle on that switch. Unfortunately this switch is located on the back panel! If you plan to rack mount the M5, you will also have to plan and allow for a quick, convenient access to the back panel.Other than that, solid state pre-amps don't get much better than the M5: Simple, to the point, outstanding!
    Date published: 2011-11-10
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