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  • Buyer's Guide: Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

    Avid have been busy adding features to Pro Tools over the past couple of years, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen any new hardware from them. During that time we’ve seen the I/O hardware playing field change as AD/DA Converters have taken another leap in quality/affordability and Audio-Over-IP has started to really take shape and consolidate around the Dante standard from Audinate.

    Now Avid is back in the hardware game with a very well specified, pristine sounding I/O with sophisticated internal routing and IP connectivity. Meet the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX. MTRX was originally designed by NPI and launched as the DAD AX32. It’s a configurable interface that has already found a home with high-end mix and mastering engineers and Vintage King Audio clients like Alan Meyerson, Craig Bauer, Warner Brothers and Mick Guzauski. This new version has been rebranded and updated with a smart black finish, and simplified menu of user-installable optional upgrades. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Aston Stealth

    Aston Microphones set the pro audio world ablaze in 2016 when they introduced their first releases, the Origin and Spirit. In the time since, they've continued to design innovative microphones with a similar hearty build aesthetic, traits that both extend to their brand new Stealth mic.

    The word "unique" is only a starting point for defining the Aston Stealth. The microphone features an internal Class A preamp, an internal shock mount system, and four different voice settings that will give users a wide range of options to use in the studio. Each of these voice settings feature their own high-quality signal path, which helps to keep phase distortion to a minimum.

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  • Make Your Mark With Tucker Martine

    Nashville native Tucker Martine has been living in the Pacific Northwest for over two decades, working with the likes of The Decemberists, The Avett Brothers, Neko Case and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. While he has spent time in a number of studios, Martine has continued to look for a permanent home for his personal recording studio. He thinks his latest space is just the right fit.

    "My studio is called Flora Recording And Playback and this will be its fifth and final incarnation," Martine says with a laugh. "It's not quite finished yet, but it's finished enough."

    Taking a break from the build-out, Tucker Martine sat down to chat with Vintage King about his style of production, the sonic influence of Daniel Lanois, and his studio's forthcoming reverb chamber. Watch our new Mark Your Mark below and continue on afterward for an extended interview and some prime examples of Tucker's excellent work in the studio.

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  • Hear The New UK Sound 176 Mono Compressor

    In late 2017, BAE Audio announced the formation of a sister company, UK Sound, with a focus on creating affordable, high quality gear. UK Sound's latest release follows suit with this ideal, as the 176 mono compressor offers up a design inspired by the classic UREI/Universal Audio 1176.

    This isn't the first time that UK Sound has channeled the legendary FET-style compressor. The brand's first release, the 1173, brought together an 1176-style design with the much-loved Neve 1073 mic pre. While the 1173 comes in at a cost of $1,200, the new standalone version of the 176 only costs $749.00. This makes it perfect for anyone who already owns a 1073 mic pre and just wants more compression in their workflow.

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  • Michael Zähl Talks Creating Zähl 500 Series Modules And Custom Consoles For Conny Plank

    When he first began building gear for Conny Plank Studio in Germany, Michael Zähl entered a unique world of artistic experimentation. After all, this was the late 1970s. Artists like Kraftwerk, Neu!, and Cluster were well on there way towards creating cutting edge sounds that were as unique as they were beautiful.

    35 years on, Michael's engineering and design creations still stand out. He's continued to build consoles under the Zähl banner and has even brought his designs to the 500 Series format. Continue below to read our recent conversation with Michael Zähl and learn more about the past, present and future of his classic gear. Continue reading

  • Moog Music's Limited Edition Sirin Bass Synth In Stock At Vintage King

    Right before the 2019 NAMM Show, Moog Music announced the release of a new bass synthesizer, the Sirin. This synth (which is limited to only 2500 units worldwide), has now landed at Vintage King and is ready to be shipped to low end fanatics everywhere.

    For the Sirin, Moog Music revived the Taurus bass synth sound engine and put it into the handy Minitaur form factor. The original Moog Taurus was a foot-operated synth and was manufactured from 1975 to 1981 and had another brief run as the Taurus II from in 1981 to 1983. The bass synth pedal was a favorite among Rush, Yes and many more legendary prog rock artists. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Neve 5315 Recording Console

    At any time when you walk through the doors of the Vintage King Tech Shop, you're bound to find our team of technicians working on a number of vintage and used recording consoles. During our last visit, we were able to check out a vintage Neve console from the 1970s that was in for a premium servicing job.

    The Neve 5351 console was built in 12-channel and 24-channel configurations and originally equipped with 33114, 33115 and 33117 channel strips. Since each channel was interchangeable, users were able to select which strip they preferred and access different EQ selections based on the model number. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Chris Tabron

    Chris Tabron is a multi-platinum record producer, mixer, and engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with everyone from pop legends like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Mary J. Blige to indie rock icons like the Strokes, the Voidz and Lower Dens.

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his hybrid mixing setup, impressive outboard collection, and why he brings his trusty tap-tempo metronome to every session. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Helps Gold Diggers Land API 2448 Console For Studio Room A

    Gold Diggers is a new recording studio, live music venue and hotel that lives all on one campus on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Over the course of the three-year planning process for these facilities, owner Dave Trumfio worked hand-in-hand with Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeff Ehrenberg to select the gear that would go into the nine room studio space.

    When API Audio announced the release of the new 2448 recording console in October 2018, Ehrenberg connected Trumfio with the storied pro audio brand and the rest is history. One of the first 2448 desks to be built by API Audio was installed into the Studio A room at Gold Diggers shortly after the product was launched. Continue reading

  • Discover The Best New Gear Of The 2019 NAMM Show

    The dust has settled on the 2019 NAMM Show and it's been another banner year for product releases. There was so much new gear at NAMM that we had to gather together some of our favorites and highlight the best of the bunch on the Vintage King blog.

    Want to learn more about some of the standout new releases from the convention center floor? Continue on below to watch our videos from NAMM and discover the latest and greatest in recording consoles, EQs/Dynamics, microphones, monitors, pedals, and synths.
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