The following are a compilation of selected quotes from Avalon users. These quotes came from emails, faxes, letters, and user registration cards. One word that runs throughout these quotes is "Love" and hence . . ."The Love Files."

Here Comes the Love…


Great sound!!

~ Gabriel, Az

This is the best piece of equipment I have ever bought (very user friendly) (VT737SP)

~ Jon F., CA

Avalon is the best Pre Amp all in one channel strip I've ever used! Great manual! Also made in the USA! (VT737SP)

~ Norm B., OH

Dope! Better than a Focusrite Red 1 for sure. (AD2022)

~ Jonathan A., NY

Incredible sound. Opens up the mix. Thank You! (2022, 747SP)

~ Steven E., PA

I have one unit already... This is the only product that never lets me down. (VT737SP)

~ Tue J., Copenhagen DE

I haven't heard a single negative comment in any review about your products! (VT737SP)

~ Dale G., IN

Very good products in the World. Island reunion is 20,000 kilometers to San Clemente (U5)

~ Picard H., Reunion

Amazing! (AD2022)

~ Thom "TK" Kidd, GA

You guys keep getting better! (U5)

~ Thom "TK" Kidd, GA

I also own a 737, you people know what the hell you're doing! (M5)

~ Jonathan R., CA

Awesome!! (U5)

~ Jerry B., NY

Best purchase ever (U5)

~ Chris A., TN

Pure Quality (AD2022)

~ Darren H., WA

Best DI ever. Had Demeter, Aguilar - this tops 'em all!! (U5)

~ Darren H., WA

Love 'em. Got am M-5, U-5, 747. Looking to get a 2055 one day. Thanks!

~ William R. H., PA

I drove 3.5 hours to buy your VT737SP. Let me tell you, it was worth the drive and the money!!! after a quick painless set up, I dialed in my SM 57 and it blew my boots off!! It took a little work for this novice to get my KSM 32 set up the way I want, but after a little work both mics sound 1000X better. The sound complements my style and my voice; it's a more natural sound. You guys ROCK!!! Thanks so much.

~ Joe A., PA

Sounds wonderful! (AD2022)

~ Frank P. DeFina., NJ

Together with my Neuman U47 it is simply unbeatable. Just the best I could hope for. (VT737SP)

~ Paul J. B., Australia

Sold my car for this one! (AD2055)

~Marcus F., Berlin

Awesome! I want three more. Thanks Allot. (AD2022)

~ Joseph L., PA

Makes a BIG difference! (VT373SP)

~ Tony F., TX

Thanks again for all of your help. I will ship the unit this weekend. It is really impressive to see a company stand behind their products, much less offer the kind of service you are providing. Makes me want to replace all of my other gear with Avalon products!

~ Ric M., NY

If this compressor were any smoother, it would be called the "pimp" comp. (Vt-747sp)

~Pierre S., PA

My thoughts of the U5, Wow,! As a player who has been traveling the US for live performances, doing clinics in the North West and starting this summer I will be going to Europe, I am beyond pleased as to the sounds I get from the U5. When a sound tech tells you that all he wanted to do was turn me up because my tone was so killer, I think that says it all. Job well done!

~Eric B., OR

I have had the Vt-737sp for just over a month now, and I am extremely impressed with the results. The difference between my other units is night and day. Thanks for creating such a wonderful tool.

~Byron H., FL

I'm thrilled. I feel like a king having a pair in my private studio. (Vt-737sp)

~Bill J., NY

I'm a new owner so everyday is something new. The Vt-737sp is the best sound I've ever worked with.

~William F., NY

This is the very best channel strip in the world! I love the warmth it's adding to my DAW. (Vt-737sp)

~Kenny H., KY

The M5 and AD2022 are easily the best mic pre's I have ever heard! Thanks for a great product.

~Tom Z., CA

Looks great, sounds incredible! Beautiful piece of equipment. (AD2022)

~Neil, F., CA

I've only used my new Vt-747sp for a few days and I'm speechless! It is the fattest and cleanest sounding piece I've ever heard! Thanks!

~Scott S., Email

It's now two weeks since I got my first VT737sp. I'm surprised I was able to wait this long to get the second one...it really is that good. In fact, the most difficult task ahead will be to discover applications where I WON'T be using them. If you guys made keyboards, I'd be in really big trouble! Thanks again.

~John H., NY

Thanks for the very best VT 747sp, it's my favorite compressor! And a kiss from France.

~Arnaud H., France

We just bought another 737 and I just want to say it is the most versatile, quality product I have used in a long time. The snare drum sounds I get with the 737 are nothing short of amazing, and the bass guitar through the DI is phenomenal. thanks!

~LB, email

I own a lot of gear; for what it's worth this VT-737SP is the best investment I ever made.

~Kevin L., NY

I have been using those so-called "pro compressors" for many years, but I have decided to go full "World Class" and after several months of research I selected your AD2044 as one of the tools I had to have. I have only had the opportunity to use it for a couple of hours now. I must tell you that the sound of your unit is spectacular. It is everything that I expected. Drop dead quiet, absolutely transparent, and full frequency response even during heavy "squeezing". I will highly recommend Avalon to anyone.

~J.W. Bettendorf, IA

Wow!! What an impression you all have made on me. Avalon has always given incredible telephone support and now I've had the opportunity to be blown away by your service. Your company is a class act and thanks for treating my gear as if it was your mother's. Continued success!

~Ralph H., TX

We just put in the two U5 DI's today. They sound great. The improvement on the bass is remarkable Thanks for such a great product.

~Bennoit G., FL

I've been running a private studio for a few years. I've never written a manufacturer before, and I'm also sure you have more testimonials than you'll ever need. But I just had to tell you this. Actually, I'm telling everybody. I bought an AD2022, two Vt-737sp, and a Vt-747sp. I rack mounted them, and have been jamming my keyboards and mics through them for two days straight. Everything from a pair of M149 down to a RS knock-off of an SM58. I simply can't believe what I hear. It's absolutely amazing. I can go warm-warmer-warmest, or crystal clear transparency, or cross fade between them. But of course, you knew this already. Your gear is without equal. Thanks from a very satisfied customer.

~Ray H., AZ

Avalon you bastards! You knew if I used your M5 preamp I'd have to buy another one! How on earth could I record anything stereo with only one Avalon M5? I tried using the preamp in my rack (which will remain nameless) and the difference between my old preamp and the M5 was like a hang glider racing an F14. And I'm suppose to thank you? Now I have to buy all of your gear! Ah, you guys are clever! I can see you at your board meetings now. "We'll give every engineer in the world one free piece of gear and then, they'll be hooked!" Well damn it! It worked!

~Jace S., CA (Avalon Story Winner - M5)

Now that we have the U5, I feel sexier in public and have found the confidence to overcome my fears of live erotic dancing.

~Clayton, Australia

Recently, after receiving my U5, I went with my friend to his church so we could try it out and see what it could do. The very first thing he said to me was, and I quote, "That's it? That's what you've been waiting for, for two weeks?" I ignored this little reply and continued to plug in my silver box. We played for about 30 minutes before it was time to leave. The last thing my friend said to me was, "You can't play a bad note through that thing!" Looks can be deceiving! I knew what the Avalon was all about, and now he does too.

~Mikal S., email

Just want to let you know I went ahead and purchased the 2044 compressor to go with my 2055 EQ. I had actually been waiting on a pair of Distressors which had been on back order for several months. I was so pleased with the 2055 that I took a chance and went ahead with the 2044. What a channel strip! I've only had the compressor for a week, but during that week I've used it on a techno production, Solo piano and pop vocal, and a classical project with piano, mezzo sop, and soprano, recorded live. Wow! When combining the EQ and Compressor in a variety of stages through out the recording process the sound is taking on a whole new level. The compressor sounded so awesome on the two vocalists, it's beyond description. I recorded them through a pair of C12VR's, with an Aphex 1100 mic pre, through Apogee converters. I then bussed the two channels to the EQ and compressor, and processed them. I then processed the whole mix again through the 2044 and 2055. The finished product is sonically (not necessarily the performance) without a doubt the best thing I have ever done. The soprano has a masters from Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance. She is simply blown away with the sound. The Avalon's delivered a finished product with superb beauty and control, without sacrificing any of the intimate detail.

This is a good thing as my wife has a doctorate in Vocal Performance. She hates compressors. She finally has heard a compressor that she likes. This is a good thing because she was not thrilled about spending this much money on two boxes. She now has seen the light. Hopefully she'll let me purchase the 2022 Mic pre!

Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with the product. Just wish I had 16 channels of it.

Again thanks for the advice. I guess it's pretty much a no brainer. buy the best equipment, get awesome sound, no sweat, live longer, etc!

~Les S. Email

Whoooaaaaahhthpht#**%$##@!!!! Words fail. I must alter my will to include instructions to make room in my casket for my Vt-747sp.

~Shawn K., California

Flexible dynamic control, sweet EQ and pristine clarity = mix buss heaven! (Vt-747sp)

~Chris S., OH

Sound, function and looks are lovely! This device has made a huge noticeable difference in recording voices and instruments. (Vt-737sp)

~David K., KY

 

 

This is my 5th box, love your stuff. Thanks!

~ Ari, MA

Awesome product, Awesome packing! too bad one of the buttons isn't perfect... (M5)

~ Jason A., CA

Heard nothing but great things 'bout this box. Very excited!!! (U5)

~ Richard O., NJ

Quiet. Very easy to use. (VT737SP)

~ Rob A., CA

This purchase is literally a dream-come-true! (VT737SP)

~ Jonathan M.R., CA

Upon hearing the U5 in action, I had to have one!!

~ Loren B., VA

Fantastic (AD2022)

~ Thom "TK" Kidd, GA

Fantastic

~ Thom "TK" Kidd, GA

Have an M5 & AD2044 already! Kick butt stuff!!! (M5)

~ Del M., CA

Love this box!! potentiometer screw not lined up with hole. (VT737SP)

~ Sam B., Hobart, TAS

Love yer gear! (AD2022)

~ Darren H., WA

All Class (AD2022)

~ Darren H., WA

Unbelievably smooth and clean!

~ Brock P., CO

I own the 737 + 747 Truly Amazing craftsmanship and sound, you are the best.

~ Michael Z., OH

Happy to own anything from Avalon! (U5)

~ Raymond H., CA

Thanks for this beautiful EQ! (AD2055)

~ Johannes R., Germany

I'm very proud that I could buy an M5. Thanks!

~ Andreas G., Germany

Sounds fantastic! I use it for acoustic Flamenco guitars. Perfect combination of warmth and precision. (VT373SP)

~ Dirk K., CA

I love this piece! It's my do it all box. (VT373SP)

~ Michael G.

Purely killing! (U5)

~ Josh R., Il

Good lord! Orgasmic! (VT373SP)

~ Andy B., FL

I used it in my home studio and also in the studio where I work. Really a great machine (VT737SP)

~ Hugaudy R., France

Love the U5! It's awesome!

~ Kate S., MA

Dear Avalon Design: I'm using your Vt-737sp which is one hell of a unit! The outstanding EQ there just gives life to any source I'm playing through!!! And I want to say thank you so very much for your extraordinary service!!! I had a problem with one of the parts of the unit and I received new parts in 10 days ( I live in Israel)!!! What can possibly be wrong with products made by a company that believes their units are pieces of art. And like a good artist that takes it personally, if there is a small scratch made on one of his paintings, he treats his product like statues that has to be in not less than absolutely perfect condition!!! I've never seen such a thing , thank you!!! Love & tons of respect.

~Aran La, Israel

My U5 rocks!!

~Blake B., MT

Thank you for making such incredible gear!! (M5)

~Joe W., CA

The U5 is the best DI ever!

~Patrick B., Canada

Incredible!! We love it! (Vt-737sp)

~Paul B. NY

I just finished a project where I ran the mix through the Vt-747sp on its way to the Alesis Masterlink and I was just floored! It was the most outrageous experience of audible air. I can't wait to start using it to track my keyboards!

~Tom F., MN

Awesome product (Vt-737sp) and great service! I WILL buy more Avalon products!

~Paul S., CA

The Vt-737sp is the best product of any nature I have ever purchased!

~Alfred G., PA

I am now the proud owner of a Vt-747sp And a U5 DI box. I am using the 747 as a mastering tool in my sound system. The effect has been dramatic. I even have ordinary punters telling me the sound is great. Best wishes from Ireland.

~Tony H., Ireland

Hello from the desert. Just a quick note to let you know the Avalon 737sp came through again for myself and cohorts on a project studio recording - also we gave the 747 a try for the first time (now we're spoiled). We used it on some various instrumentation and in particular on a bass guitar and it was stellar! One of the other guys had another compressor unit and we compared it to the 747 and there was no contest. The other unit was like a damn toy in comparison! (We held our tongues around the owner of the other unit).

Anyway two of the guys chipped in to buy one 747 unit together...can you see where that is going... I'm going to sit back and watch the comedy that I'm sure will unfold there.... To hear them talk about it already sounds like two guys rivaling over the same girl - so funny. I hope all is going well with you - from myself and on behalf of my recording friends, Best to you!

~Dean H, Email

I've been using the 2022's on some very intense voice over sessions for Hyperion. These things sound incredible! It's like a straight wire with gain from the mic to the monitors, totally neutral. They handle the dynamic range better than any pre I've used. Given the other complications I deal with on this gig, the 2022's are the one rock solid piece of gear that I can absolutely rely upon. Thanks for saving my ass!

~Dan, CA

We're still on the road. Just leaving Japan now. Terry's been using the Vt-737sp on my vocal and is thrilled. He even A-B'd it with another unit by a name manufacturer and was suitably impressed. Made his job easier...and made me sound like a much better singer than I really am.

~David Byrne, On tour via email

I can't thank you enough!! I've been reading about your gear for a long time but couldn't really afford it. I saw that Kipner and Frank were using Avalon gear in Christina Aguilera's video Genie Gets Her Wish, so I thought I should check in deeper. I started reading what magazines had to say and went to your web site. After I read all the love files I had to hear Avalon for myself. A local dealer let me check out the Vt-737sp over the weekend. I was floored by the sound and practically jumped out of my seat with excitement. All the years and gear I went through trying to achieve the sound on the big records was finally in my hands. The mystery was no longer there. I've learned many tricks over the years and got good results with the knowledge I've gained... but I'm a perfectionist. Everyone said - it sounds great man - put it out - but I knew it was lacking something. I recorded some vocals with my Vt-737 with a Neumann m147 and it sounds un-god-damn believable!! Now everyone hears the difference and understands what I was talking about. Finally! When I first started looking at your gear I thought I couldn't afford it. But after hearing it, I can't afford not to have it. I think anyone who's serious about the quality of their sound should be using Avalon gear! I'm going to have a rack full by the time I'm done.

Also, your customer service is just as awesome as your gear! I'm an Avalon fan from now on! I don't usually buy hats or shirts from my gear manufacturers but I'd like to buy yours if they are available. I'd wear them proud. Thanks again.

~Mike V., MN

Let me say that my Avalon 737 is AMAZING. My friend Ken recommended it to me. I was playing some spanish guitar on one of his records one day, and he said here's what the Avalon sounds like. I bought mine that week. Great work.

~Scott V., Email

I gotta tell you guys: your gear ROCKS !!! It sounds so good. On my next record I'll put AVALON on the credits for sure. Please say thanks to everybody at Avalon. The first time I used an Avalon was back in 1995. I used to work for Steve Vai as a second Engineer and guitar player and he had an Avalon U5 DI... One of the first units I think. Since then I have been addicted. Thanks again for your support. Take care. Peace.

~Serj J., Brazil

I must say that the sonic performance of this compressor is truly superb, even more remarkable because of it's very reasonable price.

The AD2044 has virtually no sound character of it's own when used with a light touch in CD mastering. It does simply amazing things for the bass and for male voices, but can also warm things up if pushed a bit harder. In cases where the mix is good to begin with, and my tube compressor would add too much of it's own special sound to be appropriate, this thing really is a great choice. If you can only own one analog compressor, I don't think anyone can possibly go wrong choosing this one!

Thanks for a terrific, affordable product.

~Bob S., Email

The following is an answer to a question made on rec.audio.pro newsgroup. Question: What DI can you recommend? Answer: I have had and used all of them. And I'll tell you what I think: Brand x ($575 list) = okay, mediocre, kind of dull, but not bad for synths and stuff like that.Brand y (529 list) = yiiich!!! Decent for bass but overall pretty weak, boring dull, sounds a step above a $29 DI. AVALON! AVALON! AVALON!

The U5 is the greatest DI box in the world, it is world class and sounds absolutely incredible. It is the best for guitar (I am a guitar/bass player). It is also the best for electric bass. It also does amazing things for standup bass with built in pickups. By far the best DI and the best bang for your buck at te same time!

~Josh B., rec.audio.pro newsgroup

A year and a half ago I purchased 737SP for my project studio. What can I say... It's a fabulous piece of gear. Recently I completed and released on CD my album "Guitar Stories". I'm fond of this work. My Avalon mic preamp was an integral part of the sound chain in my album. I would like to send my album to you as a gift. That's the best way to express my gratitude.

When you spend countless hours in your tech lab perfecting your full-metal jacket babies it's nice sometimes to get in return some music directly from the guy to whom your product became a weapon of choice. Thank you.

~Yuri B., Russia

Upon hearing the U5 in action, I had to have one!!

~ Loren B., VA

This purchase is literally a dream-come-true! (VT737SP)

~ Jonathan M.R., CA

 




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