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  1. The Synths And Drum Machines Behind Early Detroit Techno

    The Synths And Drum Machines Behind Early Detroit Techno
    Like all good things in life, techno music can be traced back to Parliament-Funkadelic. The story starts in the early 1980s with three high-school students from Belleville, Michigan; Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. The trio, who would become known as the “Belleville Three,” would sit around for hours listening to electronic and funk music on a late-night radio show called "The Midnight Funk Association" on WGPR, hosted by underground DJ, The Electrifying Mojo. After hearing "Flashlight" by Parliament-Funkadelic, Atkins bought a Korg MS-10 synthesizer and started cutting tracks on his cassette player.  Continue reading →
  2. Hot Stuff: The History of Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn"

    Hot Stuff: The History of Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn"
    As one of the first hit songs to ever use a Moog synthesizer, "Popcorn" was both a sign of its times and a look far ahead into the future of music. Before soft synthesizers were ever a glimmer in an engineer's eye, electronic-music pioneers like "Popcorn" writer Gershon Kingsley were using big, bulky analog units with no presets to create musical magic. Kingsley, now 95-years-old, began playing the synthesizer in the 1960s, but that’s not where his love of music began. Kingsley had already earned a name for himself in the world of musical theatre, even earning a Tony Nomination in 1958 for his Conducting and Directing. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s arranged music for film and television, Broadway musicals, and many songs for Jewish religious ceremonies, but his most famous work is an instrumental synth-pop song inspired by a salty snack. Continue reading →
  3. Vintage King Giving Away An Audiolinear Axis Monitor Controller

    Vintage King Giving Away An Audiolinear Axis Monitor Controller
    The AXIS is a new monitor controller from Audiolinear that is completely passive with zero electronics inside. What does that mean for you? It means that the AXIS offers the most transparent signal possible with no interference or distortion in the monitor path. Created by Audiolinear owner Steve Begg, a veteran designer who has worked for Neve, the AXIS is a fantastic monitor controller option for any studio. Throughout the next month, we will be offering pro audio fans the chance to enter to win their own AXIS. Continue reading →
  4. The Best Books On Recording And Mixing

    The Best Books On Recording And Mixing
    "Books are for nerds. I haven't read a book since high school. Why would I read a book when I could just watch tutorials on YouTube?” — An unsuccessful audio engineer Successful engineers in the music industry are lifelong learners. It doesn't matter if you have a degree in the recording arts and sciences, or even if you've cut 100 records — there's always room to learn something new. Continue reading →
  5. The Tube Power Of The Fairchild 670 Comes To 500 Series

    The Tube Power Of The Fairchild 670 Comes To 500 Series
    The Fairchild 670 is one of the most lauded pieces of gear from throughout the history of recording. Prized for its incredible warmth and made even more legendary by its rarity, the compressor is just simply unattainable for most people... Until now. While there has been analog rackmount and plug-in emulations of the Fairchild 670 before, there will now be a 500 Series version of the unit that is packed with 20 tubes. That's right, 20 tubes fit into one single 500 Series module. For the first time ever, you'll be able to own the classic Fairchild 670 circuit and feel the analog power for yourself. Continue reading →
  6. Turn Me Up Real Loud: The Making of Van Halen's Debut

    Turn Me Up Real Loud: The Making of Van Halen's Debut
    There's no doubt about it — Van Halen is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They've sold over 56 million albums in the US, including at least 10 million copies of two different albums, and hold the record for most number-one hits on the Billboard Rock charts. As for the music itself, Van Halen created a unique mix of hard rock, blues and heavy metal that featured a sonic force never heard before. The combination of Eddie Van Halen’s innovative guitar playing, David Lee Roth’s near-performance art approach to being a frontman and the powerful Van Halen/Anthony rhythm section cemented them as rock gods. The off-stage antics like the "no brown M&Ms" on their rider? The cherry on top of it all. Continue reading →
  7. Enter To Win A Universal Audio Ox Amp Top Box From Vintage King

    Enter To Win A Universal Audio Ox Amp Top Box From Vintage King
    Vintage King and Universal Audio are teaming together to give away the brand new OX Amp Top Box. That's right, one randomly chosen winner will bring home the brand new premium reactive load box and guitar recording system from UA. What makes the Ox Amp Top Box so special? This tool allows you to dial in your amp's sweet spot, whether it's clean tones or on the verge of going full-on dirt, and allows you to play it at any volume. Simply, find your favorite settings and allow the load box to do all of the heavy lifting.  Continue reading →
  8. The Year Punk Went Pop: The Making of Green Day's Dookie

    The Year Punk Went Pop: The Making of Green Day's Dookie
    1994 was a weird year in music history. Ace of Base had three of the Top 10 Billboard singles in the US. Kurt Cobain died. Left Eye burned down that mansion. Oh, and three different major labels got in a bidding war over a band who wrote songs about smoking pot and masturbation. Earlier this month, Green Day's Dookie turned 24-years-old, but it's youthful exuberance and pop prowess still seems fresh all these years later. Read on to get insight into how three Berkeley punks were able to create a modern punk masterpiece in the era of grunge domination. Continue reading →
  9. Your Time Is Gonna Come: The Making of Led Zeppelin's Debut

    Your Time Is Gonna Come: The Making of Led Zeppelin's Debut
    Last week on the Vintage King blog, we took a deep dive into the drums sounds on Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks." We're discussing Zeppelin once again, but this time we are covering the history behind the recording and release of their self-titled debut from January 1969. Continue reading →
  10. Vintage King: Celebrating 25 Years Of Audio Excellence

    Vintage King: Celebrating 25 Years Of Audio Excellence
    Throughout 2018, Vintage King will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. We’ll be taking a look back at the history of the company, gear that we have serviced and sold throughout the years and the customers who have made it all worthwhile. Stick around, we think you’re going to like it. Fueled by a passion for the studio equipment that was used to create their favorite records, Michigan-based brothers Mike and Andrew Nehra began crafting a plan in their parent's garage to capitalize on a trip to Europe. That’s right, the effort to become one of the leading pro audio gear companies started in an unlikely place ­- a hotel room in England. Continue reading →

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I would like to thank VK for the wonderful sales assistance, service and prices. This was my first purchase with you and it won't be my last. I only wish I'd discovered you years ago!
Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
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You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
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I would recommend Vintage King to any one looking for top-class gear, unbeatable customer service and the best prices on the map!
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My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
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From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
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I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
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Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
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