Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Vintage King's Inside Look At Shure Microphones


    Since their earliest days in 1925, when founder Sidney N. Shure sold radio kits, the Shure brand has been synonymous with innovation in the world of electronics and microphones. "The fact that he used his name for the company is something he was very proud of," says Shure Company Historian Michael Pettersen. "It was one of the reasons they decided to keep the quality of the company so high because it was his family's name." Continue reading

  • Hot New Products From NAMM 15


    It's been a week since the dust settled on the NAMM 15 showroom floor and the takeaway is that there are a lot of exciting things happening in the world of pro audio. With the announcement of Universal Audio's Apollo |Expanded, Avid's Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools | First, the world of software has taken some unique steps forward.

    Even with software grabbing the major headlines at NAMM, there were also some heavy hitting new pieces of physical gear announced at the trade show. In honor of the release of this new crop of gear, we've assembled our list of the hottest products to make their debut at NAMM in 2015. Continue reading

  • Five Famous Makeshift Studios


    As the general public finally starts to recognize the worth of classic recording studio spaces (RE: Nashville's Studio A), the appreciation will hopefully be taken a step further when it comes to other music making environments. After all, some of the most important recordings weren't even made in traditional studios, but rather in basements, bedrooms and garages.

    While the recent boom of home recording has made the phenomenon more achievable, hooking up mics and tape players was a unique process for artists of earlier eras. Whether recording for archival purposes, publishing deals or official releases, these performers and the places they recorded in changed the landscape of music forever. Here are five of our favorite makeshift studios and the albums they spawned. Continue reading

  • Tracking With Jody Boyd Of 9WG Studios


    Jody Boyd, the founder and owner of 9WG Studios, spent the early part of his career working in the confines of studios owned by other people. Learning the ropes in control rooms and post-production houses, he quickly theorized what he would do when putting together his own space. “I realized that I needed to be a jack of all trades to survive in this environment,” Boyd says. Continue reading

  • Universal Audio Announces Expanded Software For Apollo


    In more exciting news from NAMM, Universal Audio has announced that they will be expanding the Apollo to feature new plug-ins and a Console 2.0 interface. The Apollo Expanded software will make its debut in March 2015 with the ability to combine up to four Apollo units, adding extra I/0 and DSP to create a masterful studio set-up. Continue reading

  • Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12 As Subscription-Based Service


    With the opening day of NAMM well under way, Avid has blown the doors off of the Anaheim Convention Center by introducing Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools | First. The audio workstation, which has essentially redefined the pro audio industry since its inception, is once again changing the game.

    Slated to be released later in Q1 of 2015, Avid's Pro Tools 12 opens up the options of availability for artists, producers and engineers of all levels in a way that has never been done before. By offering the latest Pro Tools as a subscription-based service, users will have access to the latest software, upgrades, updates and support for a monthly or annual cost. Continue reading

  • Jack Joseph Puig Introduces NAMM Meet The Maker Event


    With NAMM nearing closer and closer every day, the excitement is building for the Vintage King and NAMM H.O.T. Zone Meet The Maker event. This special panel discussion, moderated by multiple GRAMMY Award winner Jack Joseph Puig, will feature some of the biggest names in the pro audio industry talking about the technology and methodology behind their biggest products.

    Taking place on Friday, January 23, at 4PM in the Anaheim Convention Center's The Forum (203 A-B), the event will feature panelists EveAnna Manley of Manley Labs, Steven Slate from Slate Pro Audio and Slate Digital, Thomas Barefoot of Barefoot Sound and Peter Reardon of Shadow Hills Industries. With Jack Joseph Puig leading the conversation, this talk is sure to be spirited and informative. Continue reading

  • Moog Faithfully Recreates Classic Synthesizers

    MoogSystem 55
    Since their start, Moog Music has been home to a stunning array of synthesizers, theremins, sound controllers and beyond. While they've continuously moved forward, innovating new items like Smartphone applications, the electronics giant has always kept an eye on their legacy. In 2015, Moog is bringing back some of their most formative pieces in a new line and Vintage King has them available for order. Continue reading
  • Make Your Mark With Rollin Weary Of I.V. Labs Studio

    Rollin Weary knows that gear doesn't make the hits, but it certainly adds something to the mix. As a recording engineer at I.V. Labs, a Chicago-based recording space, Weary works with bands to use the right mix of the studio's impeccable selection of vintage and modern gear. Continue reading

  • The Differences Behind The Origin Effects Cali76


    As one of the most legendary pieces of recording equipment in our time, the Urei 1176 compressor has influenced more than its fair share of gear makers. Since the compressor's creation in 1966, there has been no more famous offspring than that of the Origin Effects Cali76.

    By minimizing the makeup of a studio-grade compressor into a pedal-size stompbox, the designers at Origin Effects have given the sonic gift of effortless compression to live and studio players everywhere. With 100% Class-A discrete signal path, extremely quick FET response and attack/release controls, the Cali76 follows the topology of the original with extreme detail. Continue reading

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