News and Events

  • Vintage King Introduces Ryan McGuire As New Company President

    Vintage King, a pro audio retailer based in Detroit, Michigan, has made an announcement that current Director of Business Development Ryan McGuire will be moving into a new role as the company’s President. The announcement comes as the company celebrates their 25th year in business and continues to expand their footprint in the pro audio industry, a community they’ve had a part in growing since 1993.

    “We knew that the next central leader of VK must possess a fresh focus, passion, and diverse skill set with a deep understanding of our industry and our customers in order to address the unique complexities of our business,” says Vintage King CEO and Co-Founder Mike Nehra. “Ryan McGuire has dedicated over twelve years to VK and during that time he’s proven time and again that he is someone we can depend on, making him an excellent choice for this highly engaged role; he gets things done and done right by creating solutions and executing.” Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Telefunken ELA-M 251

    The Telefunken ELA-M 250 and 251 are two beloved microphones from recording history that came about after the end of the partnership between Telefunken and Neumann. Once Telefunken stopped making the VF14 tube for the Neumann U47 and U48, they began working with AKG and utilized the Austrian brand's C12 microphone as the basis for the ELA-M 250 and 251.

    In addition to stocking the current version of the ELA-M 251T and ELA-M 251E, we are lucky enough to have a stunning example of a Telefunken ELA-M 251 currently residing at the Vintage King Tech Shop. This model comes from the original 1960s run of microphones and was most recently owned by Kevin Augunas of Fairfax Recordings. Continue reading

  • The Stars Shine Bright At Gear And Beer Summit 2018 In Nashville

    At the conclusion of the recent Summer NAMM Show, we held our own bash to celebrate at Vintage King Nashville. Our fourth annual Gear & Beer Summit featured an afternoon packed with cold beer, tasty eats, great gear and wonderful conversation with our panel of world-class engineers and producers.

    Even if you missed the event, we were on hand to capture all the hubbub, including full videos of each panel discussion and interviews with some of the pro audio brands who attended. Continue on below to check out videos and photos from the entire day and we'll see you in 2019! 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

  • Vintage King Hosts Annual Gear And Beer Summit After Summer NAMM

    After the floor has closed for the final time at the 2018 Summer NAMM Show, the party will head to the Vintage King Nashville showroom for the Gear and Beer Summit. The fourth annual edition of the event, which takes place on Saturday June 30th from 3PM - 7PM, will be an exciting afternoon full of incredible food, tasty drinks, gear demos, panel discussions with guest speakers and more.

    The evening’s headlining conversation will feature Grammy® award-winning producer, mixer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Alanis Morissette, Beck, Etta James, Tori Amos, The Killers). Chiccarelli will be interviewed on stage by Mix Magazine Editor Tom Kenny, and sharing industry insights, as well as his approach to working in the studio. Continue reading

  • Willis Sound Expands API 1608 With Help From Vintage King

    In 2017, Ben Lorenz and Phil Magee of Willis Sound revived an old church in the small town of Willis, Michigan, and created a beautiful studio space and live room. With a fantastic mix of analog and digital gear, the studio and crew have been hard at work recording artists, hosting live shows and doing video production.

    With an ever-growing list of clients, Lorenz felt that there was a need to expand the studio's 16-Channel API 1608 console. He called upon Vintage King's Cedric Yee and the Tech Shop team to install API's 16 Channel Expander and build out a patch bay that allowed for recording to the studio's tape machine and Pro Tools rig at the same time.   Continue reading

  • An Evening With Brendan O'Brien Presented by ADAM Audio And Vintage King Los Angeles

    ADAM Audio and Vintage King are teaming together for a special evening with producer, engineer and mixer Brendan O'Brien on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Brendan launched his career working with the Black Crowes on their Shake Your Money Maker album and has gone on to work with artists like Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

    During the event, Brendan will be deconstructing a mix from a recent session and showing off how he achieved the final results in Pro Tools. Throughout his presentation, he will talk about his workflow in the studio, the choices he made in the mix and his overall vision for the project. Continue reading

  • Best Magazines for Recording and Mixing Tips

    Things move fast in the world of audio production. If you stop to catch your breath you may get left behind. One of the best ways to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the audio industry is by subscribing to trade magazines, which are written specifically for audio engineers like you.

    A few weeks back, we covered books on recording and mixing, but today we'll be looking at some of the most popular audio trade magazines in circulation. Don’t worry, they have digital versions too. Now, go read something and learn before your next session!

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  • First Listen: Neumann U67 Reissue

    When it comes to top quality microphones, every engineer in the business knows and loves Neumann mics, especially the U67. That's why it was particularly exciting when the brand announced at Winter NAMM 2018 that they would be releasing a historically accurate U67 reissue, the first of its kind since the original was discontinued.

    What sets the U67 apart from any other microphone in the Neumann family is it’s ability to capture an insane amount of low end. The proximity effect of the U67 is more prominent than any other model Neumann offers and is a favorite to many engineers for capturing an intimate vocal performance. Continue reading

  • Shani Gandhi Talks Recording Organic Sounding Guitar Tracks

    Shani Gandhi is an Australian music producer/engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Although she started as an assistant for legendary engineer Gary Paczosa, they’ve been working side by side for the past several years, splitting recording and mixing duties equally.

    Best known in the Americana and folk genres, Shani has worked on sessions with artists like Alison Krauss, Parker Millsap and Pony Bradshaw. In 2017, she received a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for her role as an engineer on Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent. The same year, she and Gary were both nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Continue reading

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