Fun Stuff

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How To Stay Inspired In The Studio

    The holidays are almost over and it's time to get back in the studio. It's a hard thing to do when you've finally been able to relax and then need to find instant inspiration. What do you do? Two words: Brian Eno.

    Brian Eno was a weird dude. He was a self-described "non-musician” that reinvented the recording process with a highly conceptual approach. His unique strategies changed the way we make music to this day. Continue reading

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