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  • Vintage King Wants To Know Your Favorite Gear Of All Time

    In the world of pro audio, we all know that there are a lot of opinions out there. Ask any group of engineers, "What's the best microphone for vocals?" You'll get a different answer from each one. "Favorite mastering compressor?" Same situation. "Best plug-in?" Forget about it. There is so much gear out there and that's what makes what we do so special.

    Since we're celebrating Vintage King's birthday this month with our 25th Anniversary Sale, we thought it was an appropriate time to ask our customers about some of their favorite pieces of gear. In the spirit of our 25th, we're asking anyone who wants to voice their opinion what are their top five pieces of gear from throughout recording history. Digital, analog, just about anything you can think of, we want to hear about it. Continue reading

  • Beat The Heat And Win A $1000 Vintage King Gift Card

    The dog days of summer have arrived and there isn't much to do, but stay inside the studio and beat the heat in the air conditioning. Since you've been working so hard, we felt it was it was an appropriate time to award one lucky fan with a $1000 Vintage King gift card.

    This giveaway is super simple and all you have to do to be entered to win is read our official rules and fill out the form in this blog! We will draw one lucky winner's name at random after the giveaway ends on 8/6/2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck everyone! Continue reading

  • Vintage King Works With Adidas To Create Studio For Students In Los Angeles

    A few years ago, Vintage King became involved with an ongoing project called adidas Originals: Sound Lab. Working together with the sneaker company, Vintage King built out a studio inside Cass Tech Detroit high school featuring a Slate Raven MTIBarefoot MM45sYamaha HS7Antelope Audio Zen Studio, and AEA microphones.

    In the time since, Vintage King has continued to partner with adidas, including working on their latest project, an adidas Originals: Sound Lab based in Los Angeles. Opened on-site at Alexander Hamilton High School in Culver City, this Sound Lab has been built into a recycled shipping container and is already being used by a group of talented students. Continue reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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