Vintage King Blog

  • Around The Shop: API 32-Channel Console

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    In terms of the lore of Vintage King, there is probably no more important piece of audio gear than this vintage API 32-channel console. Previously owned by the Doobie Brothers, this console originally came to our owners Mike and Andrew Nehra during the time period they owned the White Room Studio in the early 1990s. The studio, which was located in Detroit, Michigan, acted as an epicenter for the area's burgeoning rock scene including Kid Rock, Electric Six, Howling Diablos, Detroit Cobras and the Nehra's own Robert Bradley's Blackwater Suprise. Continue reading

  • Genelec And Vintage King Unite For Demos In Los Angeles And Nashville

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    Known for creating innovative speakers with an aesthetic that revolves around sustainable development and industrial design, Genelec has become a major player in the studio monitor category with products carried in over 70 countries. We've teamed up with Genelec to create two unique listening opportunities with world-class engineers at our Los Angeles and Nashville locations throughout the month of July. Continue reading

  • Lake Havasu High School and Vintage King Team Up For Student Studio Overhaul

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    Located along the Colorado River, Lake Havasu High School in Arizona has built an incredible education platform on the idea of equipping students with the skills needed to utilize the world’s latest technology. To enrich the students’ knowledge of audio production, the school’s administration reached out to their own Director of the Community Performing Arts Center, Sam Brindis. Continue reading

  • Five New Overdrives For Summer 2016

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    Schools out forever, the windows are down and you're cranking out those classic rock hits that make you feel like you're still living in the late 1970s. If you want to elevate your own guitar tones to the levels of the Gods of Rock 'n' Roll, we have a ton of new overdrives that will help you achieve just that. Check out these five hot overdrives and start dialing in tasty tones that remind you why you started listening to rock music in the first place. Continue reading
  • The History Behind The Neve 33609 Compressor

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    Vintage King's Ryan McGuire recently deciphered the history of Neve's 33609 compressor/limiter to explain the differences between the several models that have been released over the years. Read on to discover what makes each significant and how this studio favorite has evolved and been emulated since its creation three decades ago. Continue reading
  • Slate Digital Fills Your Mic Locker With New VMS Virtual Microphone System

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    In terms of audio innovation, few can boast the modern advancements that Steven Slate has introduced to the recording world over the course of the past few years. His latest creation, the VMS Virtual Microphone System, ups the ante by offering a pristine sounding microphone and mic pre that can be completely altered by the brand's incredible plug-ins in your DAW. Continue reading

  • Blackbird Studio Upgrades To Avid Pro Tools | HDX With Help From Vintage King

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    Since John and Martina McBride opened Blackbird Studio in 2002, the Nashville-based space has become world renowned for being the home of recording projects for Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Zac Brown Band and many more. Blackbird has been able to build such an elite client base because of their attention to detail, fervent love of incredible analog gear and the will to employ the latest technology to keep sessions moving in the right direction.

    Last year, studio client Niko Bolas (Neil Young / Johnny Cash) asked about the studio's transition to Avid Pro Tools | HDX, in hopes to achieve more headroom while working at Blackbird. Recognizing their client's needs, Blackbird saw a chance to improve their studio space and reached out to Vintage King's Chad Evans about the logistics of the situation and purchasing the gear. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Takes Over Summer NAMM 2016 in Nashville

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    As the pro audio community prepares to descend upon Nashville for Summer NAMM 2016, we have some exciting announcements about events coming up at Vintage King Nashville and on the convention center's floor. If you'll be down in Nashville for Summer NAMM 2016, check out this list of great events that we are hosting and join us for some summer fun with the hottest gear in the world. Continue reading

  • Blue Rock Studio Brings Home Custom Rupert Neve Designs 5088

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    A few weeks back, we talked with Billy Crockett, the owner of the beautiful Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, about the creation of his facilities in Wimberley, Texas. While the initial build of the space featured a digital workstation, Crockett had always planned on making an analog console the permanent centerpiece of his destination studio. Continue reading

  • Jefferson Shallenberger Of Sugar Percussion Discusses Hand-Built Drums

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    When making the decision to start carrying drums, we knew we didn't just want to carry any old line of percussion instruments. We craved something creative and hand-built, something that would fit well in any recording studio or live setting. Enter Jefferson Shallenberger. As the brains and brawn behind Sugar Percussion, Jefferson has spent the past five years using his knowledge as a professional woodworker to perfect his craft of building drums. The results have been nothing short of stunning. Continue reading

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