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Interviews

  1. Make Your Mark With Adrian Younge

    Make Your Mark With Adrian Younge
    In 2020, Vintage King visited Linear Labs, the recording home of accomplished composer, arranger and producer Adrian Younge. We sat down for a conversation with Adrian and talked about how he got his start in music, why he prefers analog gear and the way he seamlessly blends so many different genres together. Watch our new Make Your Mark starring Adrian below and continue on afterward to read the cover story from Vintage King's new print magazine, PLAYBACK. Limited edition magazines are available at Vintage King Los Angeles and Vintage King Nashville while they last, but you can subscribe digitally here and get a copy of each issue sent directly to your Inbox. Enjoy! Continue reading →
  2. Behind The Gear: Traverse Analogue

    Behind The Gear: Traverse Analogue
    In a short period of time, Julian Traverse has made a name for himself around the world with the brilliant Traverse Analogue 652 dual-channel mic preamp. Traverse Analogue's reputation is staked on boutique-level craftsmanship and the 652's tube-based circuitry, which lights up any source passing through it with plenty of rich harmonic content. We recently sat down to talk with Julian about the company, his journey into pro audio, his mentors, and more. Watch our demo of the Traverse Analogue 652 below and continue on after to read our full Behind The Gear conversation. Continue reading →
  3. 20 Questions With Erin Tonkon

    20 Questions With Erin Tonkon
    Erin Tonkon broke into the world of engineering at a young age and started learning under the best at NYU's Clive Davis Insitute of Recorded Music. During her studies, the budding engineer began working with production legend Tony Visconti. Over the course of six years, Erin would work side-by-side with Tony, including handling the engineering duties for David Bowie's final record, Blackstar, in addition to releases from Esperanza Spalding and The Damned. In recent years, Erin has continued to amass an incredible discography of work, including mixing albums for Sad13, Richard Hell, Rosie Tucker, Lady Lamb and more. She is also the co-founder of a new company that is trying to revive the New York City music scene post-pandemic by bringing together musicians, producers, multiple studios and a new live venue. Continue reading →
  4. Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit

    Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit
    Detroit-based techno pioneer Carl Craig believes that to come out of the Motor City you need to be powerful. This statement not only applies to the town's musical exports, but to the pro audio creations being built here by the likes of Mesanovic. "I'm really proud of Deni [Mesanovic] for coming up with a great speaker," says Carl of the new Mesanovic RTM10 monitor. "I'm ready for his speaker to impact the world in the same way that Detroit music has impacted the world." Continue reading →
  5. The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan

    The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan
    Whether he’s expanding minds in post-rock legends Tortoise, reimagining Sheryl Crow (yes, that Sheryl Crow!) with saxophonist Joshua Redman, or chopping up work on the spot with drummer Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker has a natural feel for sounds that captivate. A significant force in the Chicago experimental and jazz scene, presently based out of California, his genre-defying work challenges listeners to think and feel beyond categories. Parker is a supremely prolific sideman and studio collaborator, but he also happens to have several solo records under his belt too. Today we’re digging into his latest, last year’s Suite for Max Brown, an informal companion to his previous record, The New Breed, which was honored by London's Observer as the best jazz album of 2016. Continue reading →
  6. A Studio By Any Other Name: The History Of EastWest Studios

    A Studio By Any Other Name: The History Of EastWest Studios
    In January 2020, Vintage King visited EastWest Studios to showcase how the historic studio utilizes BURL Audio converters for our Workflow series. While we were there we spoke with Studio Manager Candace Stewart about EastWest's colorful past, including its early days as a grocery store and its transition into a world-renowned recording space under the United Western Recorders name. Continue on below to learn more about the history of EastWest and discover what classic records were made within its wall. Continue reading →
  7. Behind The Gear: Whitestone Audio Instruments

    Behind The Gear: Whitestone Audio Instruments
    A few months back, we sat down for a conversation with Kim Rosen, the famed New Jersey-based mastering engineer. Kim heads up Knack Mastering and has worked on Grammy-nominated releases from Bettye LaVette and Bonnie Raitt. Aside from her engineering work in the studio, Kim and her husband Dave are the brain trust behind Whitestone Audio Instruments. Whitestone has quickly made a name for itself in the pro audio world with its P331 tube amplifier. The P331 has become a fan favorite in recording, mixing and mastering studios with avid users like Greg Calbi, Ryan Freeland, and Justin Niebank. In order to find out more about Whitestone and the inspiration for the P331, we had Kim hang around after our initial 20 Questions interview and had Dave join us to chat. Continue reading →
  8. Five Sounds With Ricardo Sangiao

    Five Sounds With Ricardo Sangiao
    Based out of Miami, Florida, Ricardo Sangiao is one of the hottest names in mastering at the moment. Known for his work in the Latin, hip-hop, and dance genres, Ricardo has had a hand in many platinum releases in the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. He's mastered records for Rick Ross, Danny Ocean, and Diljit Dosanjh, just to name a few. Working under legendary engineer Bob Katz, Ricardo has learned from the best and is now applying his knowledge at his own studio, World Class Mastering. Ricardo recently sat down with Vintage King for a Five Sounds With interview to talk about a number of records he has worked on, his process and the gear he uses. Continue reading →
  9. Behind The Gear: D.W. Fearn

    Behind The Gear: D.W. Fearn
    Based in Pennsylvania, D.W. Fearn has garnered a reputation over the years for being one of the finest purveyors of tube recording equipment. Known for essentials like the VT-1 and VT-5, D.W. Fearn gear can be found in control rooms all over the world and is easily recognizable by the brand's iconic red finish. The company was originally started in 1993 by owner and namesake Doug Fearn. Doug spent the better part of a few decades making his own gear before enlisting brothers Geoff and George Hazelrigg of Hazelrigg Industries to help in the manufacturing and marketing of his equipment. Continue reading →
  10. Sonic Sorceress Lisa Bella Donna On Making Haunting Synth Sounds

    Sonic Sorceress Lisa Bella Donna On Making Haunting Synth Sounds
    Lisa Bella Donna is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and modular synthesist. She has many years of experience as a session musician and has developed extensive techniques with a variety of genres including musique concreté, micro-tonal music, orchestration, film composition, and more. Recently, Lisa put out two new albums, Night Flight and Orchards of Churchyard Departures. Both records are sonically fitting for the Halloween season, as they feature a number of dark and brooding tones created using a wide range of analog and digital synths. Continue reading →

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