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  • Fresh Listen: A Review of the Barefoot Sound MicroMain26

    Over the past month or so, I've been fortunate to demo a few different monitors for Vintage King and recently brought home a pair of Barefoot Sound's MircoMain26 to review. I was very impressed by the performance and attention to detail Thomas Barefoot and his team put into these monitors. It's no wonder mix engineers like Chris Lord-Alge, Tom Lord-Alge, Butch Vig, Michael Brauer and so many others swear by Barefoots to achieve their signature mixing sound

    In my own studio, I’ve been working with a pair of MicroMain27 for the last year or so, and have relied on them for their accurate translation between listening environments. They have the ability to impress clients from the second they hear the downbeat of a mix. With the MicroMain26, Barefoot Sound has taken their design to a whole new level. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review of The Moog Music Subsequent 37 CV

    At Moogfest 2017, Moog Music announced the release of the Subsequent 37 CV, a higher end reimagining of the Sub 37 Tribute Edition. This fully analog synthesizer with electronic memory for easy recall ability is limited to only 1,000 units in the United States with the first 125 being hand built live during Moogfest.

    The Moog Music Subsequent 37 CV has so many amazing features, it’s hard to know where to begin with this review. I spent days messing around with this synth, and feel like I only scratched the surface of its potential power. I was blown away with the sounds of the 256 stock presets, ranging from dirty sub bass to lush airy pads. Also, the Subsequent 37 CV is stocked with banks of percussion, woodwinds, brass, organs, sound effects, ambient noises, synth leads and strings. Continue reading

  • Vintage King's Inside Look At Moog Music

    Prior to the passing of revolutionary thinker Dr. Robert Moog, he began to help Moog Music prep for the company's next phase in their development. Moving the brand's operations to his adopted home of Asheville, North Carolina, the storied synthesizer creator helped his namesake select a new headquarters and design its floor plan. It's an impact that is still felt at Moog Music nearly 12 years later.

    "It's not difficult for us to continue on the path that Bob Moog laid out ahead of us," says Jim Debardi, Communications Manager at Moog Music. "His pictures are everywhere, his tools are everywhere. Everything we do has his touch on it, one way or another. The spirit of Bob Moog is alive in every corner of this factory." Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Michael James

    Michael James has been a familiar face in the music industry since his name began popping up on records by the likes of the New Radicals, Jawbreaker, Hole and L7 in the early 1990s. In the time since, James has continued cultivating an impressive catalog of work and recently relocated to a new studio facility in the San Francisco Bay Area featuring gear selected with help from Vintage King Audio Consultant Chris Bolitho.

    "Wow, that's a tough one. I wouldn't know where to begin," James says when being asked about his favorite piece of gear he's picked up from Bolitho and Vintage King. "I must say I am quite fond of my Sterling Modular Plan B Mastering Console because it was truly a game changer, both sonically and ergonomically. Chris and I had a lot of fun when we came up with the plan to integrate it into my world." Continue reading

  • Win The New Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Condenser Studio Microphone From Vintage King


    Vintage King and Townsend Labs have teamed up to give you a chance to win their brand new 3D precision microphone modeling system, the Sphere L22. The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 is a high precision dual channel mic that pairs with the brand's DSP plug-in to accurately model the responses of a wide range of mics.  Continue reading

  • First Listen: Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Condenser Studio Microphone

    Over the past couple days, I’ve been spending some quality time with the new Townsend Labs microphone system, the Sphere L22. As with any other mic modeling system, I was a bit skeptical going into the demo. I’ve been lucky enough to use all the real versions of the microphones modeled on countless recordings across all genres of music over the last 10 years. I must say, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 is the real deal. Continue reading

  • Comparing Universal Audio Plug-Ins To Their Hardware Counterparts

    One of the most common questions we get asked by customers at Vintage King relates to plug-ins and how they stack up against their analog hardware counterparts. In terms of Universal Audio's software replicas, the painstaking care taken to recreate these classic pieces of hardware is beyond obvious when comparing their sonic output. Continue reading

  • Exploring Universal Audio's Compressor, Equalizer and Effect Plug-Ins

    When purchasing UAD-2 powered gear from Universal Audio such as the Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, Apollo 16 or a UAD-2 Satellite, you gain access to some of the most powerful plug-ins in the world. Offering great digital replications of top audio gear like the Neve 1073Manley VoxBox, Neve 88r, Thermionic Culture Vulture and many more, Universal Audio has made these plug-ins so close that you forget you aren't using the real thing. Continue reading

  • Fresh Listen: A Review of ATC SCM45a Active Studio Monitors

    I've always been a huge fan of ATC monitors, and every time I get to work on a pair it's an absolute pleasure. As a listener, I always notice new sounds in my favorite songs, often unheard on other monitors or headphones. As an engineer, my mixes translate great on the first pass to any listening environment, and the client is always extremely happy.

    While demoing the ATC SCM45a, I got goosebumps multiple times from how amazing the songs were sounding through these speakers. There is a magic that happens in the higher frequencies of ATCs that no other speaker in its class can quite compete with. Without any DSP, they are very airy, crystal clear and pleasant sounding even at extreme monitoring levels, resulting in very little fatigue after long listening or mix sessions. The low end is always very tight and focused, even in the sub frequencies, and the speakers can be extremely loud with barely any noticeable distortion. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Mark Trombino

    Producer and engineer Mark Trombino has spent the better part of his life making platinum records for the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182 and The Starting Line. His work on these seminal records, in addition to his drumming in Drive Like Jehu, helped spark a revolution that pushed the genres of pop punk and emo to millions of new listeners.

    In his time since working with these artists, Trombino opened his own donut shop located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Dubbed Donut Friend, the shop flips the traditional donut on its head and even gives a musical bend to each creation's name, including Bacon 182, Banana Kill, Chocolate From The Crypt and Drive Like Jelly. Continue reading

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