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Audio news and notable stories

  • Tips for In The Box Mixing

    The expansion of power in a DAW is drawing more and more engineers to mixing in the box. Software such as Pro Tools and Logic come stocked with all of the tools you need to do a professional sounding mix right out of the box, and also allow you to add the addition of your favorite third party plug-ins. In the blog, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for setting up your DAW to create a seamless in the box workflow. Continue reading

  • Using Universal Audio's Apollo Interface As A Pedal Platform

    Vintage King's Dustin McLaughlin is an avid guitarist who uses his Universal Audio Apollo interface as a pedal platform in his home studio. In our new video, learn how he combines his pedalboard with Universal Audio interfaces and plug-ins to create unique sounds. Continue reading

  • Electro-Harmonix Releases New Green Russian Big Muff

    Whether used by fuzz heavy blues proponents like Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys or the dark masterminds behidn  Sunn O))), the Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff has been a staple in the music scene for decades.  Continue reading

  • Enter To Win A Universal Audio Apollo 16 MKII From Vintage King

    Vintage King and Universal Audio are teaming up to give audio makers everywhere a chance to win an Apollo 16 MKII audio interface. The latest version of the Apollo 16 builds on the legacy of this award-winning interface with next-generation A/D and D/A conversion and onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core for real-time processing. Continue reading

  • What Is a Patch Bay And Why Do You Need One?

    The patch bay is often a great mystery for engineers just starting off and to any musician who comes into a recording studio for the first time. With so many plugs and wires, it can be a little intimidating and you might ask yourself, "Where do all those patch points go?" Continue reading

  • Vintage King's Guide To Compressors And Using Them In The Studio

    A compressor is one of the most useful tools an engineer can have on hand during a session. They have been the glue that holds recordings together since their creation and engineers still heavily rely on them for vocals, voiceover, guitars, bass, drums, the mix bus and more. Continue reading

  • Michael Marquart Opts For API Legacy AXS Console From Vintage King

    Popular producer Michael Marquart is well-known for his project, A Bad Think, and his tenure drumming for the band, A Flock of Seagulls. When he recently began looking for a console for his private studio on the East Coast, he worked with Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeff Leibovich to find a desk that was the right fit. 

    “I was originally looking for a Neve 8014. I have one in my Malibu studio and asked Vintage King to find me another one," Marquart explains. "Jeff Leibovich suggested the API Legacy AXS console." Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review of the Soyuz SU-023 Bomblet

    The SU-023 Bomblet is the newest in a long line of high quality, handmade mics by the brand, Soyuz Microphones. Every Bomblet is 100% hand-made in house by master machinists in Russia, including the mic’s capsule, which is modeled after the vintage 19A19 LOMO microphone. The capsule’s unique character comes from it’s triple back plate system which sets it apart from any other capsule in production.

    This new FET condenser microphone also sports a unique circuit which was modeled around the original schematic designed by Soyuz’ own radio electronics engineer, Valery Nikolaevich. The SU-023 Bomblet’s transformer is hand wound at their factory and uses a specially designed toroidal core. Continue reading

  • The Art of Vintage Recording Console Restoration

    For 25 years, Vintage King has been restoring classic gear from a golden era when some of the highest quality equipment in history was produced. As the world's leader in the premium servicing of vintage recording consoles, the Vintage King Tech Shop has brought new life to hundreds of desks, including historic desks from Neve, API, EMI, Helios and more.

    One of the most common questions asked at Vintage King by potential vintage console buyers is "What does premium servicing mean?" Read on to learn more about our premium servicing process, meet the team behind each restoration and find out why we offer this level of repair work to customers. Continue reading

  • Tracking With Ben Lorenz of Willis Sound

    Willis, Michigan is a one light town that resides a little less than 20 miles away from the University of Michigan. The small community is home to only three operating businesses; a liquor store, a yoga studio and a BBQ joint. Thanks to business partners Ben Lorenz and Jason Magee, the city can now add the beautiful new recording studio known as Willis Sound to their resume.

    When looking to build a larger studio than the one they currently owned in Ann Arbor, Lorenz and Magee joked about finding a vacant church through a house of worship locator web site. Much to their surprise, there was a site utilizing this concept and they quickly found an abandoned church in nearby Willis.  Continue reading

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