Avalon AD2044

Dual Mono-Stereo, All-discrete Class A Optical Compressor
Avalon AD2044 image 1
Avalon AD2044 image 1
Sweetwater Savings: $330.00 MSRP: $3,300.00
Special Order
Special-ordered from Avalon and usually arrives to you within 1-2 weeks. Please note: special orders cannot be canceled or returned.
Note: While most of the items we sell ship for free, this item does not qualify for free shipping due to special circumstances.

Share this with your friends:

Most popular accessories & related items...

Avalon AD2044
Special Order

The Compressor Used In the World's Finest Recording Facilities!

If you need compression but don't want that "compressed" sound, the Avalon AD2044 Dual Mono Compressor is an ideal choice! The AD2044 is dead quiet, absolutely transparent, and delivers full frequency response even during heavy squeezing. That's why you'll find the AD2044 in major recording studios worldwide!

Avalon AD2044 Dual Mono-Stereo Compressor at a Glance:
  • World-class compression for vocals, instruments and mastering
  • Incredible transparency and low noise from "invisible" opto circuits
  • Optimum performance from 100% Class A circuitry
  • Minimal signal path with no VCAs maintains signal quality
World-class compression for vocals, instruments and mastering

You'll find the AD2044 in the world's leading recording studios, mastering facilities and artist/producers' outboard racks. These professionals rely on the AD2044 daily to help them complete their "sonic signature" and turn recordings into musical masterpieces. Just hearing the comments of audio pros tells the story: "...does simply amazing things for vocals and bass guitar as well as across the stereo bus" - "...It can also warm things up if pushed a bit harder" - "...If you can only own one analog compressor, I don't think anyone can possibly go wrong choosing this one!"

Incredible transparency and low noise from "invisible" opto circuits

The AD2044 offers optical compression that you'll have to hear to believe! Custom manufactured high-speed linear opto elements provide the non-invasive passive attenuator system for invisible gain reduction. The AD2044 incorporates a unique external control loop and current-monitored optical driver for smooth control plus the benefits of traditional vintage LDR compression. These "invisible" opto elements enable the AD2044 to deliver totally transparent, low noise gain reduction.

Optimum performance from 100% Class A circuitry

The AD2044 features a 100% discrete, pure Class A signal amplifier to compliment the with high-speed current monitored optical control elements. Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance, the AD2044 combines advanced electronics with sonic excellence unequaled by lesser designs. The AD2044 is the perfect solution for two-bus music/program compression, mono bass and instruments andmastering applications.

Minimal signal path with no VCAs maintains signal quality

Avalon's advanced true symmetry design offers high-voltage, large headroom, extended bandwidth and very low noise. The use of 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers offer the serious music professional unlimited sonic character and a natural harmonic detail that enhances the program material and becomes one with the music itself. What all this means for you and your music is this: the AD2044 guarantees a beautiful sound and "character" that are second to none!

Avalon AD2044 Dual Mono-Stereo Compressor Features:
  • 100% discrete, pure Class A circuitry
  • Invisible optical control elements
  • Transparent, minimal signal path
  • Very low noise: -94dB
  • Balanced DC inputs and outputs
  • Hard-wired relay bypass
  • High headroom: +30dB output
  • No VCA or IC amplifiers
  • Quality analog VU meter
  • Sidechain input for spectral limiting
  • Variable attack, release, ratio & threshold
  • Peak LEDs for gain-reduction presence
Use what the pros use - the Avalon AD2044 Dual Mono-Stereo Compressor!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

AD2044 Spec Sheet
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Optical
Number of Channels 2
Controls Threshold, Attack, Release, Compression, Output
Threshold -20 dB to 20 dB
Ratio 1:1 to 1:20
Frequency Response 1Hz-450kHz
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Sidechain I/O 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 12"
Width 19"
Weight 30 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AD2044

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Write your review

The Avalon AD2044 is by far one of the best compressors on the market

This compressor is worth every penny. Regardless of the level of compression applied, the tone of the sound remains the same musically. What is a major factor in determining the quality and performance of the device. Bravo Avalon Design!
Music background: Recording Engineer
See also: Compressors, Avalon, Avalon Compressors / Limiters, Avalon Compressors / Limiters