Avalon Ultra Five Direct Box Instrument Preamplifier  

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The Avalon Ultra Five is the most powerful direct box available. Variable gain Class A preamplifier to boost low-level pickup signals and a high-level speaker input for capturing the live sound of the... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Avalon Ultra Five is the most powerful direct box available. Variable gain Class A preamplifier to boost low-level pickup signals and a high-level speaker input for capturing the live sound of the instrument's amplifier. Six passive tone-EQ curves enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. Twin DC-coupled Class A output amplifiers drive both low-level mic preamp inputs and high-level +4dB inputs for direct-to-tape recording or processing. Direct box has dual mic and line outs, very low noise -100dB, high headroom +30dB, low-pass filter, LED active signal indicator, headphone out.

Features
  • Variable gain Class A preamplifier
  • High-level speaker input for pristine amp capture
  • 6 passive tone-EQ curves enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments
  • Twin DC-coupled Class A out
  • Dual mic and line outs
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. 90 day warranty for tubes.


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4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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Be careful what you use it for...

I just purchased the U5 about a month ago right before we left to tour for 15 straight dates. I had been referred to the U5 by a lot of friends. I intended to...Read complete review

I just purchased the U5 about a month ago right before we left to tour for 15 straight dates. I had been referred to the U5 by a lot of friends. I intended to use the U5 for my acoustic guitar but found it very hard to find a good tone using the U5. halfway in to the tour I started to let our bassist use it and it sounded great. Needless to say - my warning is to not buy the U5 for acoustic guitar. I think for every other application it would work great. There are so many more variables when using the U5 through an acoustic and the fact there are just a few presets to choose from really works to your disadvantage on acoustic. I was pretty disappointed with the U5 but if you play bass or keys this box would work very well I am sure.

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Solid - but pricey

This is a rock solid DI/Pre that has a few cool features that may justify the added expense over countryman DI. (tone shaping feature, speaker input, and hi cut filter) It...Read complete review

This is a rock solid DI/Pre that has a few cool features that may justify the added expense over countryman DI. (tone shaping feature, speaker input, and hi cut filter) It is NOT some kind of magic box that will transform your sound, unless you're used to playing through some really, really low rent gear. It's super clean. That will be the big difference. Don't forget, you're paying a little extra to have the AVALON name displayed in your rack.

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5.0

Great Piece of Gear

By RB

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions

Cons

  • No OnOff Switch

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

I was in a local studio and the engineer hooked my bass thru one of these and I was blown away with the sound of my bass (stingray). It was clear, punchy and solid. I got one now that I used in my home studio and have used it to record acoustic guitars and bass. If you got the money I recommend this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exiting my Bass!!!

By Alex_bass

from Guatemala, C. A.

Wow! It's the best D.I. I could have ever had. Their passive tones offer me incredible depth, clarity, gain and versatility, giving a rich tone of my bass. Just delicious and incredible!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great DI, but pricey

By Jason Lester

from Amarillo, Texas

I am a contemporary worship leader and this has taken my acoustic guitar sound to a new level. I now run a BBE Acoustimax preamp to a BOSS CE-20 chorus pedal and then to my Avalon U5. Even though my acoustimax has a great eq with parametric mids, the tone control on the Avalon U5 just sounds better. Now all I do is pull back the bass a little and add the sonic maximizer with my Acoustimax and the Avalon DI takes care of the rest. Truly this is a must have for acoustic instruments, and from what I have heard it is pretty much amazing on the bass guitar too. It is really expensive for a direct box, but well worth the price.

 
5.0

Got a bass? Then getchya on of these babies!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I worked in a university owned studio, that was of true professional qualiy. We had three of these bad boys lying around, and one day I decided to use one for a bands bass guitar track. I'll never record without one again. It's simply a "Make your bass sound warm and beautiful" device. The tone of your bass, and even regular electric guitars, becomes exponentially warmer through the Avalon. If you are recording electric guitar or bass, make sure to pre-run it through one of these bad boys.

(18 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Be careful what you use it for...

By Benny Mac

from Indianapolis

I just purchased the U5 about a month ago right before we left to tour for 15 straight dates. I had been referred to the U5 by a lot of friends. I intended to use the U5 for my acoustic guitar but found it very hard to find a good tone using the U5. halfway in to the tour I started to let our bassist use it and it sounded great. Needless to say - my warning is to not buy the U5 for acoustic guitar. I think for every other application it would work great. There are so many more variables when using the U5 through an acoustic and the fact there are just a few presets to choose from really works to your disadvantage on acoustic. I was pretty disappointed with the U5 but if you play bass or keys this box would work very well I am sure.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a bass players dream!!!

By modulusmakesabetterjazzbass

from Williamsburg, Virginia

I first used this in the studio and was impressed. Then I got one for playing live and was really blown away. Every bass head manufacturer should copy its design. I got rid of my ampeg, mesa, and ashdown heads and use this with a couple of crown power amps to produce the greatest bass sound ever. period

 
5.0

Pricey but hard to beat

By bmac_228

from Hannibal, MO

I purchaed the U5 after putting it off for about a year. I play a Taylor 314C limited and have never been crazy about how it sounds "plugged in". I am a contemporary worship leader and play mostly small venues on the side. I dont have the luxury of having a full band to drone out the sound of a stale guitar, so I wanted something to really liven up my guitar. The U5 is the best thing I've found, it's amazing how many low end subtleties it brings out and really makes the mids and highs sing out while suppressing the unwanted stuff. I was a bit skeptical based on the design of the U5, I mean you have two dials and a couple of bypass and limit buttons, not a lot of fancy stuff for you to play around with and tweak, but guess what, you dont need to with this guy, its pretty sweet! If you've been like me, stop putting it off, try it out!

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The "Purists" DI

By SeaKiteAir

from Washington, DC

If I had to sum up the Avalon U5 DI in one word, it would be "versatile." Finding a transparent, high quality DI is a chore by itself, but finding one with the feature set of the U5 is any engineer's dream. The boost gain is clean and musical. The six EQ presets are just what some instruments need. The transient response is unmatched. The build is VERY solid. What a great piece of gear. The Avalon U5 is highly recommended.

 
4.0

its worth it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've own my avalon since 2004 and i won't play anywhere with out it. I play on americam deluxe fender jazz bass and the avalon makes it sound alot warmer and fatter. Once you learn how to use it, those tones make a world of a difference especially in the studio. I even run vocals and my acoustic guitar thru it, huge difference. if you begin to peak out on it or you get a distortion on it just turn down you boost to five. I play at a big church and the most I go on my boost is six. its worth it!!!!

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!

By AcousticFoo

from Mobile, AL

This product can make anyone's guitar sound 100 times better... you have to try it. The best in the business!

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