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  • Vintage King Closes Out 2017 With Massive Avid Trade-In Event

    With 2018 on the horizon, Vintage King is offering Avid users the ultimate holiday savings. Through December 31, 2017, our massive trade-in program will give owners of used Avid Pro Tools systems the opportunity to get well above market trade value when using it toward the purchase of new Avid products. 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

  • Comparing The New Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone To The R-121

    Last week I was introduced to the new Royer R-10 Bi-Directional ribbon microphone. The R-10 is very similar to the classic R-121 in design. It’s small and lightweight, which allows you to position the microphone without any intrusion, and utilizes the same ribbon transducer.

    Throughout this blog, we’ll look at what makes each of these microphones special in their own regard and pit them against each other in a shootout on some different guitars and amplifiers. Continue reading

  • What Is Parallel Compression And How To Use It

    A few weeks on back on the blog, I wrote about compressors and the basics of using them in the studio. We’re taking it a step further today by talking about a more advanced function of the compressor called parallel compression and some scenarios where the technique is most commonly used.

    Parallel compression uses a send and return setup similar to how you would send signal to an effects processor. It is the combination of the dry signal mixed with a compressed version. In a parallel setup, you can use heavier compression to pull more depth out of the source signal. Since you still have the dry signal in the mix, you don’t hear as much direct compression. Continue reading

  • Tips for In The Box Mixing

    The expansion of power in a DAW is drawing more and more engineers to mixing in the box. Software such as Pro Tools and Logic come stocked with all of the tools you need to do a professional sounding mix right out of the box, and also allow you to add the addition of your favorite third party plug-ins. In the blog, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for setting up your DAW to create a seamless in the box workflow. Continue reading

  • Vintage King's Guide To Compressors And Using Them In The Studio

    A compressor is one of the most useful tools an engineer can have on hand during a session. They have been the glue that holds recordings together since their creation and engineers still heavily rely on them for vocals, voiceover, guitars, bass, drums, the mix bus and more. 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

  • First Listen: Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Condenser Studio Microphone

    Over the past couple days, I’ve been spending some quality time with the new Townsend Labs microphone system, the Sphere L22. As with any other mic modeling system, I was a bit skeptical going into the demo. I’ve been lucky enough to use all the real versions of the microphones modeled on countless recordings across all genres of music over the last 10 years. I must say, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 is the real deal. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Revives Classic Neve 8068 For Power Station New England

    Power Station New England, founded in 1995 and located in picturesque Waterford, Connecticut, has taken delivery of a historic Neve 8068 MkII recording console as part of an extensive studio expansion. At the center of the 2017 upgrade is the legendary main recording space with signature 35-foot dome, plus four isolation spaces and the historic control room, which now features the vintage Neve 8068. Continue reading

  • Celldweller Explores The T-Rex Replicator and Elektron Analog Heat

    In two new demos, Klayton (Celldweller) is taking on some unique studio tools and adding them into his modular synth set-up. Continue on below to learn more about the T-Rex Replicator Eurorack Module and Elektron Analog Heat and see how Klayton explores new worlds of sound with the gear. Continue reading

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