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  • Avid Control Surfaces: Which One Fits Your Needs?

    Since there has been more and more advancements in the digital world, Avid has been coming up with new ways to integrate the old school hands-on approach of mixing into the modern world of music production. As much as we all love analog mixing desks, they are expensive and hard to integrate into a smaller studio environment.

    With the vast improvement of plug-in sounds and recall ability, every year more engineers migrate towards "In The Box" workflow. Sometimes all you need is the ability to put your hands on a group of faders and pan knobs to really feel a mix, and now with expanded functionality of a digital control surface, you have access to a more tactile control of your plug-in collection. Continue reading

  • The Black Whisky Union Takes To Vintage King Los Angeles For Microphone Shootout

    Recently at our Los Angeles showroom, The Black Whisky Union came in to solve a problem they'd been having in the studio. The Southern California-based indie rock band produce and engineer their own music, but they weren't getting the vocal results they wanted with their previous set-up of a Neumann U 87 AI and Avalon VT-737SP. The end tracks were deemed "too boxy. Highs too brittle and hard. Mid-range was muddy." Continue reading

  • Studio Veteran Al Sutton Talks Recording Drums and Guitars

    Over the past few decades, Detroit-based producer and engineer Al Sutton has carved out a niche for himself in the world of rock 'n' roll. From working with legends like John Fogerty and Jerry Lee Lewis to fellow Detroiters like Kid Rock and the Detroit Cobras, Sutton has become renowned for the sounds he's capable of getting at Rust Belt Studios.

    We recently visited Al at Rust Belt to get some insight into how he attacks capturing guitar and drums sounds in the studio. Check out our two new videos below to learn how Al tracks both instruments and find out what microphones and compressors he uses in the process. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Revives Classic Neve 8068 For Power Station New England

    Power Station New England, founded in 1995 and located in picturesque Waterford, Connecticut, has taken delivery of a historic Neve 8068 MkII recording console as part of an extensive studio expansion. At the center of the 2017 upgrade is the legendary main recording space with signature 35-foot dome, plus four isolation spaces and the historic control room, which now features the vintage Neve 8068. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box

    Last week I was lucky enough to sit in on a demo of the newest product from Universal Audio, The OX Amp Top Box. Universal Audio has been setting the standards of analog gear in professional recording studios for decades (see the 1176 or LA-2A), but they have spent more and more time recently in the digital realm. Continue reading

  • FOH Engineer Brian Pomp Talks Mixing Analog And Digital On DNCE Tour

    Front of House vet Brian Pomp has handled live sound responsibilities for Iggy Azalea, Hollywood Undead, Kesha and American Idol winner Kris Allen, just to name a few. He's currently out on the road with the Joe Jonas-led band DNCE and has brought out some exciting new pieces of gear for this round of touring. Continue reading

  • Celldweller Explores The T-Rex Replicator and Elektron Analog Heat

    In two new demos, Klayton (Celldweller) is taking on some unique studio tools and adding them into his modular synth set-up. Continue on below to learn more about the T-Rex Replicator Eurorack Module and Elektron Analog Heat and see how Klayton explores new worlds of sound with the gear. Continue reading

  • Building a Studio Through Monthly Payments Part I

    When it comes to building out a studio, there are many different ways to handle the purchase of a new package of gear. One of the most reliable ways to upgrade is by taking advantage of financing or a monthly payment plan. This way you can get the tools you need now and make payments as your business continues to increase.

    For the first in a series of blogs on building a studio on monthly payments, Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeffrey Ehrenberg talks about how he helps businesses realize their visions while being financially responsible. Read on to learn more about the process and discover some handy tips for making your next studio upgrade. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Collin Dupuis

    Most would-be engineers and producers find their way into the studio in their late teens, as they start to work on recordings for their first bands. For Collin Dupuis, the fascination began forming at a much younger age.

    "My mom was friends with Glenn Brown of Glenn Brown Productions in Lansing, Michigan," Dupuis says. "She took me in there when I was five-years-old and it was like 'Bing!' Buttons and knobs everywhere. I could feel it instantly forming in my head that technology was going to be a part of my future." Continue reading

  • Celebrating The 114th Birthday of Alan Blumlein

    There have been many influential creators throughout the history of the recording studio, but one that always stands out is Alan Blumlein. Celebrate what would have been his 114th birthday by reading below and learning about his famous miking technique and other contributions to the world of music. Continue reading

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