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Fun Stuff

  • 40 Years of Excess: The Making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

    Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is a monument to excess; fueled by enormous budgets, sleepless nights and mountains of cocaine. Earlier this year, the album celebrated its 40th anniversary and we decided to take a look at what exactly went into the recording and mixing process of this classic album.

    Rumours was recorded over 12 months at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California in 1976. Even the studio owners thought Fleetwood Mac were going overboard. Chris Stone said, "They would come in at 7 at night, have a big feast, party till 1 or 2 in the morning. And then when they were so whacked-out they couldn't do anything, they'd start recording." Continue reading

  • Five Ways To Use a Moog Music MF-104M

    The Moog Music MF-104M is already a modern day classic and will without a doubt be a pedal that people will be lusting over for years to come. It features 800 ms of bucket brigade driven, analog delay that floats beautifully as you play. The repeats are simply gorgeous and sit perfectly underneath your dry signal.

    Experimenting with the extremely advanced modulation section is really what brings out the true charm of this pedal. With six different waveforms to choose from, you will find yourself dialing in arpeggios, laser blasts and classic tape delay tones for hours. Continue reading

  • A Look Back At The Creation Of Michael Jackson's Thriller

     

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller may be the most significant piece of recorded music in human history. On the first day of recording, producer Quincy Jones walked into the studio and said “OK guys, we’re here to save the recorded music industry.”

    And then they did.

    35 years on, Thriller is the still best-selling album of all time. At its peak, it sold more than 1 million copies per week. Since its release, it's sold an estimated 66 million copies in America, and over 105 million worldwide. 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

  • Recreating The Sounds Of Stranger Things With Pedals

    When Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in July 2016, the show's soundtrack single-handedly rekindled the public's love of spooky sounds created with vintage synthesizers. Scored by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin-based band Survive, the duo predominantly used synths like the Arp Odyssey, Roland SH-101, Korg Mono/Poly to create the sounds of Hawkins and the Upside Down.

    Instead of recreating the Stranger Things score with similar synthesizers, I had the idea to build it from scratch using some of my favorite guitar pedals. By using only a Meris Ottobit Jr.Meris Mercury7 and Electro-Harmonix Synth 9, I was able to get something extremely close to the sounds of Dixon and Stein's original theme.   Continue reading

  • A New Look For Vintage King

    Over the past few months, you may have noticed some things changing around Vintage King. We have a new logo, a slick-new website, and many other updates. Our recently-launched rebrand project is the culmination of over twelve months of exhaustive research, design, and deep thinking. Continue reading

  • The First Remote Direct To Disk Recording Ever

    A few months back Vintage King's Ryan McGuire and I made some history doing the first ever remote recording direct to vinyl. It was an idea brought to us by Cameron Henry and Chris Mara down at Welcome to 1979 recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Their studio is a commercial recording facility as well as a mastering house to press vinyl records. Continue reading

  • Win The New Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Condenser Studio Microphone From Vintage King

    Vintage King and Townsend Labs have teamed up to give you a chance to win their brand new 3D precision microphone modeling system, the Sphere L22. The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 is a high precision dual channel mic that pairs with the brand's DSP plug-in to accurately model the responses of a wide range of mics.  Continue reading

  • Comparing Universal Audio Plug-Ins To Their Hardware Counterparts

    One of the most common questions we get asked by customers at Vintage King relates to plug-ins and how they stack up against their analog hardware counterparts. In terms of Universal Audio's software replicas, the painstaking care taken to recreate these classic pieces of hardware is beyond obvious when comparing their sonic output. Continue reading

  • The Black Whisky Union Takes To Vintage King Los Angeles For Microphone Shootout

    Recently at our Los Angeles showroom, The Black Whisky Union came in to solve a problem they'd been having in the studio. The Southern California-based indie rock band produce and engineer their own music, but they weren't getting the vocal results they wanted with their previous set-up of a Neumann U 87 AI and Avalon VT-737SP. The end tracks were deemed "too boxy. Highs too brittle and hard. Mid-range was muddy." Continue reading

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