Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • Deni Mesanovic Of Mesanovic Microphones Talks Ribbon Mics And More

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    Finding his way into music via his older brother's guitar, Deni Mesanovic of Mesanovic Microphones quickly advanced to recording his Metallica and Slayer-inspired high school bands. Coming from a family full of mechanics, it's no surprise that a DIY aesthetic was instilled into the budding musician. "My dad’s entire family is made up of mechanics, so if something breaks, you fix it yourself," Mesanovic says.

    Aside from developing his independent spirit, Mesanovic's father also taught him the ropes of working the lathe in his mechanic shop that catered to semi-trucks. After making the decision to attend the University of Michigan, Mesanovic applied his love for music and technical skills to an education in the recording arts, which quickly developed into a career in building microphones. Continue reading

  • Classic Consoles With Nashville Pedigree Land At Vintage King

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    Over the course of our 20+ years in dealing with vintage gear, we've seen some incredible things. The latest additions to our list of favorites are two consoles that have incredible history in the Nashville music scene. These two historic desks have both been owned by Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Recording, but are now looking for new homes. Continue reading to discover the legendary artists, producers and engineers who have worked on these consoles and learn how they played a major part in country music history Continue reading

  • Dialing In The Nashville Guitar Sound

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    From the Grand Ole Opry to the “Man in Black,” the culture of Nashville’s music scene is in a league of its own. To be dubbed “Country Capital Of The World” is a bold yet durable claim that’s held it’s own weight influencing artists and musicians around the world for decades.

    Forefathers like Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed invented the styles of Travis-picking and rockabilly and gave country music its signature style. In the modern era, the torch has been passed to hybrid players like Johnny Hiland, Brad Paisley and Daniel Donato, who continue to raise the bar stylistically and sonically. Continue reading

  • The Synth Sounds of Stranger Things

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    The recent Netflix summer smash Stranger Things has one of the coolest soundtracks in recent years. Invoking synth masters like Giorgio Moroder, Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter, the score created by composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein relies heavily on vintage analog and modular synths. Here are a few killer keyboards and synths that we carry, which can get you on your way to the spooky, 1980s vibes of this inspiring synth-laced series. Continue reading
  • Pensado Awards Announces 2016 Winners

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    Over the weekend, the Pensado's Place crew held their third annual Pensado Awards to celebrate the best and brightest in recording, mixing, gear and beyond. A big thank you to Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick for putting together such a special night that honors all of the incredible contributors to our industry. Continue reading

  • Going Inside The Studio Of Mikel Rouse

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    After spending a decade as the driving force in the art-rock band Tirez Tirez, Mikel Rouse began to feel a disconnect between his form of composition and the modern world of pop music. "I was feeling [that] I wasn't merging my love for complexity with my love for pop music and the sound and production of pop music," Rouse says. Pushing forward with his own vision, the St. Louis, Missouri native launched a new era of crafting songs by more experimental means for operas, multi-media musical works and albums like Quorum.

    Rouse's latest work comes in the form of a project called Metronome, whose release, Take Down, has been garnering fantastic reviews from a wide range of media outlets. We sat down with the composer to talk about his incredible career, his early adoption of drum machines, his methods of picking out studio gear and what he used on the Take Down album. Continue reading

  • Learning About Envelopes and VCAs With Klayton (Celldweller)

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    It's time for another educational video from none other than Klayton (Celldweller)! For the latest installment in our series, the synth master turns his focus to talking about Envelopes and VCAs, and demonstrates their importance to the makeup of a synthesizer by using a Roland System-500. Continue reading

  • Produce Like A Pro Host Warren Huart Takes A Tour Of Vintage King Los Angeles

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    Recently we teamed up with producer/engineer extraordinaire Warren Huart to begin a new series of pro audio demo videos. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Huart's prolific background, he has worked as an engineer and producer on some major projects including Aerosmith, James Blunt, Korn, Hot Hot Heat, Colbie Caillat and many more. In addition to his production work, Huart also hosts an extremely successful web series, Produce Like A Pro, which provides free information on all aspects of recording. Continue reading

  • Third Annual Pensado Awards Celebrates Studio Excellence In 2016

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    Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, hosts of the ever-popular Pensado's Place, have always been at the forefront of supporting producers and engineers. By giving these creative minds a platform to talk about their artwork via their successful show, the duo has helped cement the fact that these roles are important to keeping the spirit of music alive and well.

    In August 2016, Pensado and Trawick are once again celebrating the accomplishments of the world's greatest studio wizards with the third annual Pensado Awards. Taking place on Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at Sony Picture Studios, the Pensado Awards will honor over 70 nominees in 15 categories, including all levels of studio work from runners and interns to legendary visionaries and brands. Continue reading

  • Classic Fuzz Pedal From Frantone Comes To Vintage King

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    Since 1994, Fran Blanche has been creating killer guitar pedals under the moniker Frantone Electronics and picking up faithful followers all along the way. In these 20+ years as a designer, Blanche has created 20 pedals, including classics like the Cream Puff and Peachfuzz, all of which feature highly original designs that are focused on bringing something that she felt was missing from the guitar pedal marketplace. Continue reading

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