20 Questions

  • 20 Questions With Scott Hull Of Masterdisk

    The mastering process of a record has always seemed to be one of the more elusive parts of the music industry. What exactly are they doing? Why is it necessary? How do they do what they do? Mastering engineer Scott Hull wants to clear up some of the rumors for everyone.

    Based in Peekskill, New York, Hull is the owner of Masterdisk and has worked with the who's who of the music world; Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones and many more. He has seen and done it all throughout his illustrious career. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Ian MacGregor

    Ian MacGregor is a man of many hats. He’s an accomplished electrical engineer, who creates gear under the banner of Standard Audio, in addition to having made designs for Shadow Hills Industries.

    When he's not creating fantastic gear, Ian is working in the studio. The Grammy-nominated engineer has worked alongside legendary producer Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel Studio for almost a decade. The duo have worked with artists like Katy Perry, The All-American Rejects, MIKA, and Twenty One Pilots. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Kevin Ratterman

    Though he's moved on from his days of recording above a functional funeral home, Kevin Ratterman still has a penchant for doing things in his own unique way. It's how the Louisville, Kentucky-based producer and engineer came to prominence and began working with artists like My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne and Andrew Bird.

    Taking a break from a week off the grid in the mountains of Southern Utah, Kevin sat down and chatted with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his La La Land studio, his signature vocal-chain and that one time he kicked a guitar amp down a stairwell. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Needlz

    Michigan native Khari Cain got his start in the music industry interning for Bad Boy Records, where he began producing as "Needlz." Now he makes hit records with artists like Ludacris, 50 Cent, Lupe Fiasco, Bruno Mars and The Lonely Island.

    We recently sat down with Needlz and chatted for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his love for Michael McDonald, his trick for kicking writer's block and some advice on getting the best kick sounds on an 808. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Dave Rieley of Vintage King's Nashville Showroom

    In addition to leading the charge in our Nashville showroom, Vintage King Audio Consultant Dave Rieley is an incredible engineer, producer and mixer in his own right. Dave began his career at the Chicago Recording Company and in the time since has worked with a wide range of artists including Straight No Chaser, Skillet, The Hives and Kelly Clarkson.

    We recently sat down with Dave and asked him to take part in our 20 Questions series. Continue on below to learn his thoughts on miking drums, the one plug-in that goes on all of his mixes and hear about some classic hijinx from inside his studio. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Heba Kadry

    If you haven't heard of Heba Kadry, then you clearly have been sleeping on some of the hottest independent records to come out in the past few years. Since moving into the mastering world in 2007, the Egypt-born engineer has been amassing quality credits from the likes of the Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Wooden Shjips, Ty Segal, Slowdive and Palehound, while working in her New York studio, Timeless Mastering.

    Recently, Heba was kind enough to take a break from work to be interviewed for our new blog series, 20 Questions. Read on to learn more about her obsession with synthesizers and Brian Eno, the gear she uses in her studio and the advice she would offer those looking to get into mastering. 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

  • 20 Questions With Vance Powell

    Nashville-based producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell has built an incredible resume over the past decade, one that features albums from Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, JEFF The Brotherhood, Kings of Leon and more. The multi-time Grammy winner sat down with us to talk gear, favorite eats, beard grooming tips and drum mic placement in our new series, 20 Questions. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Chris Lord-Alge

    Chris Lord-Alge is a man who needs no introduction. With hundreds of album credits to his name, his body of work is impressive to say the least. His mixes are huge and dynamic, and can leave most engineers slapping their head and saying, "How'd he do that?"

    As a longtime friend of Vintage King, Chris was an obvious first choice for our "20 Questions" series. Chris gives us some great insight into his work ethic, favorite gear and the music he loves. Continue reading

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