Around the Shop

  • Around The Shop: Arcade Fire's Custom Universal Audio 610 Console

    In the world of the recording studio, there may be no more recognizable console or mic pre than the Universal Audio 610. With its light green hue and large tactile knobs, Bill Putnam Sr.’s creation was known for adding warmth and harmonics to recordings while still keeping things sounding extremely musical.

    The 610 mic pre and recording console’s resumes are beyond stacked. Both were used predominantly on some of the top records of the 1960s and 1970s, including Neil Young’s Harvest, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, The Doors’ L.A. Woman and several Frank Sinatra recordings. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: RCA 44-BX

    In terms of ribbon microphones, there may be no more important or recognizable model than the RCA 44-BX. The microphone, which was made from 1932 through 1955, is a stylish icon that has often been imitated but rarely outdone in terms of musicality.

    Fortunately, we get to see a lot of RCA 44-BX microphones come through the Vintage King Tech Shop. Some come to the shop in pretty bad shape and others fair slightly better, which is pretty remarkable considering these mics have been at work for at least 60 years. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Telefunken ELA-M 251

    The Telefunken ELA-M 250 and 251 are two beloved microphones from recording history that came about after the end of the partnership between Telefunken and Neumann. Once Telefunken stopped making the VF14 tube for the Neumann U47 and U48, they began working with AKG and utilized the Austrian brand's C12 microphone as the basis for the ELA-M 250 and 251.

    In addition to stocking the current version of the ELA-M 251T and ELA-M 251E, we are lucky enough to have a stunning example of a Telefunken ELA-M 251 currently residing at the Vintage King Tech Shop. This model comes from the original 1960s run of microphones and was most recently owned by Kevin Augunas of Fairfax Recordings. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: A Pair Of Neve 2262 Modules

    We recently had a pair of vintage Neve 2262 modules come into the Vintage King Tech Shop. These compressor modules are unique as they share many characteristics with a few Neve classics, but rarely do we see them come through the shop.

    "The Neve 2262, 2264 and 33609 compressors are all very similar," says Vintage King Technician Rick Schultz, who worked on these modules while they were in our tech shop. "These are the first Neve 2262s I've seen in the 10 years I've worked for Vintage King." Continue reading

  • Vintage King Revives Classic Neve BCM10 Console

    For the past few months, we've had the pleasure of watching our console team at the Vintage King Tech Shop breathe new life into a vintage Neve BCM10. This unique mixing console was released by Neve in 1970 and was primarily used for broadcast purposes at the time.

    "The intent of the BCM10 was to have a simple device to run multiple microphones for a mono or stereo output," says Senior Console Tech Rich Hunt. "Nowadays, the BCM10 is used as a sidecar and for things like running stereo stems out of your interface and using it as a small summing mixer." 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

  • Vintage King Restores Neve 8058 To Its Former Glory

    Currently in the Vintage King Tech Shop, our console team is restoring a vintage Neve 8058. We've been tracking the process of their work so far and in the coming weeks we will continue to update this blog with their efforts. Continue reading below to learn more about the history of the 8058 from Vintage King Co-Founder Mike Nehra and follow along as our team works toward completing this incredible console. Continue reading

  • A Pristine Pair Of Vintage Neumann U47s Arrive At The Vintage King Tech Shop

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    We've been extremely fortunate to handle some world-class microphones at the Vintage King Tech Shop, but none so far compare to these vintage Neumann U47s that recently came into our hands. The word "pristine" barely does any justice to describe these microphones, as they truly are in museum-like condition. The two sequentially numbered mics are from the mid-1950s and have absolutely blown away any other U47s we've seen from the same era. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Santa Claus Returns To The Vintage King Tech Shop

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    After visiting the Vintage King Tech Shop last year, Santa hit us up about taking over some bench space around the holidays in 2016, so that he could work with our techs on a few special projects. True to his word, the jolly old man in the bright red suit returned earlier this week and set about exploring our warehouse for a few last-minute gifts for the good girls and boys of the studio world. Check out Santa's visit to the Vintage King Tech Shop below and see more of our latest vintage and used gear here. Continue reading
  • Around The Shop: API 32-Channel Console

    In terms of the lore of Vintage King, there is probably no more important piece of audio gear than this vintage API 32-channel console. Previously owned by the Doobie Brothers, this console originally came to our owners Mike and Andrew Nehra during the time period they owned the White Room Studio in the early 1990s. The studio, which was located in Detroit, Michigan, acted as an epicenter for the area's burgeoning rock scene including Kid Rock, Electric Six, Howling Diablos, Detroit Cobras and the Nehra's own Robert Bradley's Blackwater Suprise. Continue reading

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