Interviews

  • Talking Tape, Tone And More With Philly Rockers Sheer Mag

    Listen to the first ten seconds of any Sheer Mag song and you won't be able to stop. The Philly-based band's hook-heavy Thin Lizzy-inspired riffs, disco-y beats and powerhouse vocals have led them to become one of America's hottest rock 'n' roll outfits. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Vance Powell

    Nashville-based producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell has built an incredible resume over the past decade, one that features albums from Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, JEFF The Brotherhood, Kings of Leon and more. The multi-time Grammy winner sat down with us to talk gear, favorite eats, beard grooming tips and drum mic placement in our new series, 20 Questions. Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: The Analog Approach With Mitch Easter

    Welcome to our three-part blog series on studio workflow entitled Exploring Workflow. Follow these links for Part I with Chris Coady (TV On The Radio / Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Part II with Mark "Exit" Goodchild (DJ Khaled / Justin Bieber). Continue below to read Part III including our conversation with Mitch Easter.

    Based in Kernersville, North Carolina, Mitch Easter is a veteran engineer, producer and musician who has worked on incredible records from the likes of R.E.M., Game Theory, Ex Hex, Pylon and more. His love of the studio world and all things analog began when his own band first started cutting demo tracks in the late 1960s. Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: In The Box With Mark "Exit" Goodchild

    Welcome to our three-part blog series on studio workflow entitled Exploring Workflow. Follow these links for Part I with Chris Coady (TV On The Radio / Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Part III with Mitch Easter (R.E.M. / Game Theory). Continue below to read Part II including our conversation with Mark "Exit" Goodchild.

    Getting his start at DARP Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Mark "Exit" Goodchild didn't take the easy route when it came to learning about the recording world. "I learned the hard way," Exit says. "Splicing tape, learning how to use Microlynx to sync and offset machines, flying choruses thru a song with a sampler and punching vocals on the fly." Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: Hybrid Studio Set-Ups With Chris Coady

    The studio is a constantly evolving place as new innovations and old favorites can always be used in their own distinct ways. In our new series, Exploring Workflow, we spoke with three creators about three differents styles of working; hybrid, in the box and analog. Continue below to read Part I of the series with Chris Coady. Follow these links for Part II with Mark "Exit" Goodchild (DJ Khaled / Justin Bieber) and Part III with Mitch Easter (R.E.M. / Game Theory).

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  • Comparing The New MiniMoog Model D Reissue To A Vintage Model D

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    As one of the first synthesizers to be readily available to the general public, the Minimoog Model D was designed by Robert Moog and Bill Hemsath to be a more performance-friendly instrument than the large modular synths used in recording studios. In 2016, Moog Music brought back the classic synthesizer via a painstaking reproduction with a few new features for the modern musician. Continue reading
  • Allen Sides Visits The Vintage King Tech Shop And Talks Recording Techniques

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    We were extremely fortunate to have noted engineer, producer and studio owner Allen Sides, stop by the Vintage King Tech Shop a few weeks ago. Allen's career is nothing short of epic as he has worked on over 500 albums including titles by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Phil Collins, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and more. Continue reading
  • Sean Neff Discovers The Power Of The Avid S3

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    After playing in bands for years in his native Texas, Sean Neff found himself on the other side of the studio working as a mix and recording engineer. Since arriving in his new home of Nashville, he can hardly remember a time before he adopted Avid software into his workflow. "I'm trying to remember when I haven't gone to my doc and hit the button for Pro Tools," says Neff. "I don't know life without it." Continue reading

  • Deni Mesanovic Of Mesanovic Microphones Talks Ribbon Mics And More

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    Finding his way into music via his older brother's guitar, Deni Mesanovic of Mesanovic Microphones quickly advanced to recording his Metallica and Slayer-inspired high school bands. Coming from a family full of mechanics, it's no surprise that a DIY aesthetic was instilled into the budding musician. "My dad’s entire family is made up of mechanics, so if something breaks, you fix it yourself," Mesanovic says.

    Aside from developing his independent spirit, Mesanovic's father also taught him the ropes of working the lathe in his mechanic shop that catered to semi-trucks. After making the decision to attend the University of Michigan, Mesanovic applied his love for music and technical skills to an education in the recording arts, which quickly developed into a career in building microphones. Continue reading

  • The Soul Power Behind Burl Audio

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    Since 2006, Burl Audio has been changing the world of pro audio one studio at a time and they wouldn't have it any other way. By taking their incredible converter creation, the B80 Mothership, around the world, owner/lead designer Rich Williams has amassed a group of followers that includes some of the biggest and brightest creators today like Eddie Kramer, Vance Powell and Dave Cobb. Continue reading

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