Sonic State Studio / Outboard / AVALON 747sp

Average rating: 10.0/10 out of 10

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Ed from Mexico City writes:
Not a long review because pretty much everything has been covered. Yes it takes time to understand the compresor, but once you get it its amazing, even to the point of not picking another one most of the time for me, its been more than a year since i use the avalon 90% of the time. Like spectralab said, get a good Class A sound, then punch in the TSP and it will just do magic. The EQ part is way musical, but sensitive as well 1db boost/cut on this EQ and it seems like A LOT. Using a TC as A/D converter as well, can say its really confortable too definetly 11/10 for this box... Price is outstanding as well!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 17-Apr-12 at 0:58
Earle Holder a Professional user from United States writes:
I think it is time to set the record straight regarding the Avalon 747sp. First of all this is an amazing box that is worth far more than what they are currently charging. It has actually taken me quite a few years to fully understand and appreciate the power of this wonderful machine. I believe the reason is simply that I had been attempting to use it as I would any other compressor. I’ve heard folks say the compressor is not fast enough. Try this, push a track through an Avalon with extreme settings and then open the track as a wave file and study it. Notice how the peak to average ratio still exists and the dynamics are preserved.

The magic of this box is in its uncanny ability to completely glue your tracks together yet still preserve the dynamic content of your track. I believe that folks don’t quite understand that more of the punch should be created in the mix down process. If you are attempting to add punch to a music track using a compressor in the mastering phase make sure it does not contain any vocals or else the punch would be obvious and would affect the vocals in a negative manner. The role of the compressor in the mastering phase is simple…glue the tracks together. Give it that cd sound that most customers are used to hearing. Not all compressors have this ability. Some compressors are more suited for tracking and mix down and some are more suited for mastering. Well my friends, the Avalon excels in the mastering arena, but you have to know what you are doing.

The magic knobs on this unit are the Release, Ratio, Input and Make-up Gain. I usually adjust these knobs with the lights of in our Mastering studio so I can hear what it is doing to the music. I’ve read that a lot of folks out there would prefer not to use more than a 2:1 Ratio during mastering. Well here’s a newsflash folks. Use whatever you need to use. The settings you use for each song will be different simply because the character of the song calls for it. For example: if I receive a track that is super bass heavy, I lower the threshold quite a bit. Adjust the attack to react on the strong bass parts, slow down the release and adjust the magic button, the RATIO. I start increasing the ratio until the pounding bass is somewhat balanced and starts to blend in with the rest of the track. Ever so slight EQ adjustment and the songs are perfect each and every time.

My clients absolutely love what I am able to do to their music. Remember this: extreme settings on the Avalon 747sp does NOT result in a squashed track. I am not sure how they were able to accomplish this miracle but they have in any case. Again, I must confess that it took a while for me to understand the objective of this wonderful machine. Once I realized the power of this machine I never looked back. I think the challenge for most mastering compressors is the capacity to glue the elements together cohesively, yet not have the overall track sounding dense. Avalon has undeniably met this challenge as a winner and I will never part with it.

Atlanta-based Earle Holder has Mastered projects with platinum artists such as Public Enemy, B5, Tameko Starr (MCA Records Europe), Chuck D, Kenny Banks, Tuere, Houseguest, Ayana, 4ize (Disturbing the Peace), JD Lawrence, and countless others. His home site is www.hdqtrz.com

posted Thursday, 18-Feb-10 at 10:8
dj tommy a Professional user from hk writes:
not need talk too much.just buy it.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 27-Dec-02 at 18:2
spectralab a Professional user from canada writes:
Well, first I'd like to point out that the picture accompanying this link is actually one of Avalon's 737sp single-channel pre-amp/compressor/EQ, not the 747sp stereo compressor/EQ. But that aside, the 747 is a GREAT unit... so far I've only run a few sessions with it, since it's fairly new in the studio I work at. But since it arrived, it has been permanently strapped across the mix bus, as it performs feats unheard when we were using a TC Finalizer for similar tasks (the Finalizer still acts as an A/D converter and pre-DAT limiter, however)... Avalon seems to have chosen the perfect center frequencies for the "little" graphic EQ on the ass end of this box, as I have never had trouble acheiving a desired tonal shape with it, and it takes a lot less time than I've spent with parametric EQ's for the same purpose in the past! Of course the compressor is magic as well... even when the meter is showing no actual gain reduction, the compressor is sorely missed if you take it out of the chain. Also useful are the two side-chain EQ's, though I've personally used the low one a lot more than the high one. The high one seems to have too wide of a bell on it or something, as it always yanks more out of the top-end than I wish to. The low one, however, is just perfect for those moments when you've got a little too much low end pushing the compressor. Just pull back the low-end side chain and sweep the frequency center until it evens out the spectrum. Bonus points too for having a blue LED to indicate when the side-chain is affecting gain reduction... what can I say? I love blue LED's ;o ... the TSP switch is another big factor with the 747... TSP meaning Tube Signal Path. You get a choice between Class A transitor and Vacuum Tube signal paths for the entire chain, at the flip of a switch. To say it's effect is subtle would be understating it, but saying that it's dramatic would be an overstatement. Nonetheless, you do hear the difference. I find the best practice is to get your program material sounding as good as you can in Solid State mode, then flip into the Tube path and it *usually* takes care of the rest... warms things up quite nicely, especially if your end result is a digital format. I must admit, I was skeptical at first when everyone and their mother started raving about this box (as I usually am in such instances)... I HAD to try it for myself before I was going to buy into the hype. Well, suffice to say, I have heard and now I believe. I have SEEN and now I believe... that's right folks, this is one snazzy looking box too. Prettier than your girlfriend, even if she's a model. Hell, even if I wasn't into audio at all, I'd probably still want a few to decorate my apartment with...

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 24-Apr-01 at 23:46
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