• Michael Zähl Talks Creating Zähl 500 Series Modules And Custom Consoles For Conny Plank

    When he first began building gear for Conny Plank Studio in Germany, Michael Zähl entered a unique world of artistic experimentation. After all, this was the late 1970s. Artists like Kraftwerk, Neu!, and Cluster were well on there way towards creating cutting edge sounds that were as unique as they were beautiful.

    35 years on, Michael's engineering and design creations still stand out. He's continued to build consoles under the Zähl banner and has even brought his designs to the 500 Series format. Continue below to read our recent conversation with Michael Zähl and learn more about the past, present and future of his classic gear. Continue reading

  • Reviving The Ribbon With Royer Microphones' Rick Perrotta And Kevin Parker

    Royer Labs released their cutting-edge R-121 ribbon microphone in 1998. Within a short period of time, it sparked a revolution that reintroduced the smooth, musical characteristics of ribbons to engineers all around the world.

    We recently had the chance to chat with Rick Perrotta, President of Royer Labs, and Kevin Parker, Director of Sales, to learn more about how Royer started the ribbon microphone revolution and how they plan to continue to innovate in the future. Continue reading

  • Manley Labs' EveAnna Manley Talks Tubes, Innovation + More

    Manley Laboratories has been producing world-class tube gear for professional engineers since the late 1980s. Known for creating legendary studio equipment like the Variable Mu Limiter-Compressor, Massive Passive EQ and Reference Cardioid Microphone, Manley has become one of the music industry’s most revered manufacturers.

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with EveAnna Manley, the company's President, and chatting about the past, present and future of Manley Laboratories. Read on to learn about EveAnna’s journey from inventory manager to president, some sage management advice, and what sets Manley Labs apart from other pro audio companies. Continue reading

  • Utilizing Audio Over IP With The Burl Audio Mothership And BMB4

    A few months ago, we did a blog on audio over IP systems and their usefulness in the studio, on stage and in post-production or broadcast settings. One of the most interesting AoIP systems on the list was the Burl Audio Mothership, a fully customizable 80-channel AD/DA converter with options for DigiLink, MADI and Dante connections.

    Burl Audio's new BMB4 module extends these connectivity capabilities to the Waves SoundGrid platform for both the B16 Mothership and the B80 Mothership. With 64 I/O channels of Waves SoundGrid connectivity, the BMB4 truly opens up a wide range of options for your workflow, no matter which type of studio or live setting you're working in. Continue reading

  • The Vault Studio Brings Home Vintage King-Restored Neve 8058

    Even though Bob McCutcheon's career led him into the world of business, the Pittsburgh native has been a lifelong musician who always loved being in the recording studio. As his children got older and they became more interested in recording, Bob decided it was time to expand upon a dream he had since the late 1980s.

    "I had my first studio in 1988 and always wanted to start another. I kept nearly every piece of gear I've ever owned," says McCutcheon. "My children's passion for music grew and it only further motivated me. Truth be told… It just gave me the excuse I needed. Building and owning a commercial studio was always the dream."

    McCutcheon got started by buying an old bank, building out the inside and by 2016, The Vault Studio was open for business. In 2018, McCutcheon came to Vintage King to check out a historic Neve 8058 that had been recently refurbished by the Vintage King Tech Shop. He would end up purchasing the console and The Vault would become a special part of the desk's pedigree. Continue reading

  • Hi-Five Studio And Vintage King Team Up For Award-Winning Recording Facility

    When building out Hi-Five Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ryan Rosmann worked with Vintage King Audio Consultant Scotty Iulianelli to bring in a hybrid console featuring Rupert Neve Designs modules, monitors from ATC Loudspeakers and more.

    In the year or so since the studio opened, it’s already created quite the buzz. Hi-Five Studio is currently nominated for a 2019 TEC Award and was recently selected for Mix Magazine’s Class of 2018. Quite the incredible rookie season filled with some stunning accomplishments.

    We recently had the chance to sit down with Ryan and talk about his studio build-out process and the hybrid console he created with help from Scotty. Continue on below to see more photos of one of the hottest new studios to open in 2018. Continue reading

  • Treating Your Acoustics With Vicoustic and Vintage King

    When you imagine building your dream studio you probably fantasize about buying a recording console, some killer compressors and maybe even a tape machine. But truth be told, the first thing any aspiring studio owner should spend their money on is acoustic treatment.

    Proper acoustic treatment is what separates a "home-studio" from a professional facility. Unfortunately, most rooms are not designed with ideal acoustics in mind, so those of us trying to convert existing spaces into studios struggle with outside noise interference, excessive bass frequencies and room nodes.

    Vicoustic is a company that specializes in innovative acoustic solutions. They offer products and services to help you create the most efficient studio space for the most affordable price, everything from building and construction to custom designs. Continue reading

  • Masters Of Score: An Interview With Horror Composer Charlie Clouser

    Fans of the horror genre will certainly be familiar with the far-reaching discography of Charlie Clouser. The former Nine Inch Nails member moved onto the world of scoring film/television and has been responsible for an incredible number of projects including the Saw series, American Horror Story, Dead Silence and Wayward Pines.

    In keeping with the spooky Halloween season, we reached out to Charlie to talk about his studio set-up, his sonic inspirations and some different ways to get ghoulish and unsettling sounds out of your gear. Continue below to read our conversation with Charlie and to hear a few pieces of his fantastic work. Continue reading

  • Historic Scully LS-76 Lathe From Infrasonic Mastering Goes Up For Sale

    Owned by Pete Lyman and Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeff Ehrenberg, Infrasonic Sound is one of the best-known vinyl mastering houses in the recording industry. Lyman's discography as a mastering engineer includes Grammy-winning albums from Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and more.

    Recently, Infrasonic Sound decided to put their historic Scully LS-76 lathe up for sale. This classic lathe has a unique place in history as its one of the last ever built by the storied brand. Continue below to read an interview with Pete about the importance of the lathe, the technical updates it has received and the role it has played in Infrasonic's success. Continue reading

  • Tracking With Ben Lorenz of Willis Sound

    Willis, Michigan is a one light town that resides a little less than 20 miles away from the University of Michigan. The small community is home to only three operating businesses; a liquor store, a yoga studio and a BBQ joint. Thanks to business partners Ben Lorenz and Jason Magee, the city can now add the beautiful new recording studio known as Willis Sound to their resume.

    When looking to build a larger studio than the one they currently owned in Ann Arbor, Lorenz and Magee joked about finding a vacant church through a house of worship locator web site. Much to their surprise, there was a site utilizing this concept and they quickly found an abandoned church in nearby Willis.  Continue reading

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