Avalon AD2022

Class A Dual Mono Microphone / Instrument Preamp
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The World's Premier Mic Preamp!

Take it from your audio experts at Sweetwater; among the world's most elite audio technology, there's one manufacturer that stands far above the rest: Avalon. The AD2022 is the Rolls Royce of microphone preamps, the preamp the professionals turn to when nothing but the highest quality will satisfy. This distinctive Dual Mono Microphone Preamplifier is used and revered in the world's top recording facilities. It features the world class design specifications that have put Avalon on the "must have" list of serious recordists everywhere: 100% pure Class A amplifier; high definition and minimal signal paths; and absolutely stunning headroom. But what you'll really love is the brilliant performance of the AD2022, and the magic it works with your recordings. Clean, transparent and fully musical, the AD2022 is your key to sound perfection.

Additional Media

AD2022 Spec Sheet
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type FET
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 1Hz-120kHz (-3dB)
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR (Mic), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 4 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 12"
Width 19"
Weight 15 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AD2022

Customer Reviews

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One of the Better Preamps I've worked With

First off, I've tried and used a ton of preamps throughout my life mostly high end ones as a musician and audio engineer. Initially, I was miking my Fender Tube Tweed Twin Amp with a Royer 121 and an SM 81 > Pedals (including the famous Ross Compressor!) > electric guitar > Avalon AD2022 Stereo Preamp. The results were quite remarkable and I also used this preamp's Bass DI and it worked extremely well. I have to say this pre has tons I mean tons of headroom and does not clip even at high gain. In addition, it works surprisingly well with ribbon microphones such as the Royer R121 which was unexpected. The sound is transparent and clean you know what you hear is what you get and it comes with an external PSU which in my humble opinion ups the stakes for quality in preamps. Overall, I'd say this would be my go-to preamp for a plethora of things - though I planned it to be solely for acoustic instruments I actually love this preamp so much I might switch it around and make it a multitasking sort of piece of gear. Even with vocals it is remarkably well compared to my Wunder Audio PEQ2R that I use as my vocal preamp (which incidentally has EQ processing on it). I'd recommend anyone who wants the Rolls Royce of Preamps, to get this one. It is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable preamp I've had the pleasure to work with. Its worth the money. I would highly recommend this preamp to anyone who wants high end gear, high quality, and a sexy look to boot.
Music background: lots o' stuff

Pristine Clean

I run a Sennheiser 416 on one side and a Bock 241 on the other. Two Distinct sounds and the Avalon AD2022 handles them both with absolute clarity. There is no better.
Music background: Voice Over

Best Kept Secret in Preamps

For over 10 years this has been our go to preamp and favorite of our engineers. It just sounds more open with more depth and musical pleasing tone than most comparable preamps. For a solid state preamp it does seem to add a magic that you wouldn't expect since it's known for being clear and clean. On gear slutz I found a shoot out between the 2022, a Pacifica and a Focusrite ISA828. All three did sound pretty good but I was surprised at how easy it was for me to pick out the 2022. (Maybe just because I use it all the time) But it clearly sounded better. I also find tracks that I record with it tend to be easier to mix. I could write tons more about this Preamp but let me sum up by saying I prefer this preamp over the Avalon 737 which is probably more popular. (That's why I say it's the best kept secret) One quick tip; don't forget to experiment with the input impedance knob. It can take a typical thin or harsh mic and warm it up considerably. You can make your cheap mics sound much better with this preamp. Try it! You won't regret it.
Music background: Professional Recording Engineer and Musician

Smooth Big And Open Sounding

This preamp is mind blowing the way it gets that big sound no matter what you run throw it when it comes to vocals you get that big round vocal sound bass guitars you get that extra low end quality you never heard when tracking keyboards it does some thing to the high end of the instruments that words cant explain to me this is the king of preamps and avalon design makes real high end equipment so call your sweetwater rep and order yours to day the avalon design ad2022 rocks.
Music background: Recording Engineer,Sound Engineer

Great,warm and big pure sound.

This awesome preamp push on high level all your signals,even if you put trough dynamic mics such as shure SM 57 or sennheiser MD 421 what i actually do when i record el guitars. Great,warm and big pure sound simple is not just a sount ,there is a something much bigger!!!!
Music background: Recording Engineer,Pro Musician
See also: Avalon, Avalon Preamps