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  1. Quick Hits: Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Microphone Preamp

    Quick Hits: Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Microphone Preamp
    Since bursting onto the pro audio scene in 2018, Cranborne Audio has firmly entrenched itself with a bevy of fantastic releases. One of its most notable products is the Camden 500. This microphone preamp has quickly joined the ranks of the Neve 1073LB and Rupert Neve Designs 511 as one of the best-selling 500 Series modules at Vintage King. The reason for the success of the Cranborne Audio Camden 500 is no secret. The module offers the polar extremes of the mic preamp world by giving engineers both extremely clean sounds and vintage warmth. When designing the module, Cranborne Audio elected to go transformerless, which guarantees an extremely transparent and linear sound. The Camden 500 preamp has low-noise and low-distortion performance for a stunning level of clarity. Continue reading →
  2. All The Gear We Saw In The New Billie Eilish Documentary

    All The Gear We Saw In The New Billie Eilish Documentary
    It's no secret that Billie Eilish has taken over the world of pop music. She's everywhere! One of the most endearing elements of Billie's ascension to stardom is the bedroom studio production process she shares with her brother and producer, Finneas. The fact that two twenty-somethings can create global smashes with a minimal set-up is inspiring for a whole new generation of music makers. In the newly released documentary The World’s A Little Blurry, we get a look at Billie's career so far and a window into her creative process. Showing scenes from the recording environment as well as stadium level tour stops, we hit pause whenever gear came up on our screen and took notes of what Billie and Finneas are utilizing. Check it out below! Continue reading →
  3. Blue West Channels Classic API Punch With New 2448 Console

    Blue West Channels Classic API Punch With New 2448 Console
    Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Bill Jabr is a world-class producer, musician and engineer who has hosted hip-hop elite like Childish Gambino, André 3000, Juice Wrld and Travis Scott at his Blue Room studios. Under the banner of Blue Room, Bill and his partners have built out two amazing studios including Blue South in the ATL and the newer Blue West in Los Angeles. With the buildout of Blue West, Bill was looking to install a centerpiece that carried the weight and punch of a classic API console. While he had always wanted an API 1608, the brand's newly debuted 2448 was an even better fit for the studio and Bill worked with Vintage King Audio Consultant Chris Karn to bring the desk home. Continue reading →
  4. Buyer's Guide: Soyuz Microphones

    Buyer's Guide: Soyuz Microphones
    Over the course of the past eight years, Soyuz Microphones has been building a reputation for impactful mics. Innovative creations like the 017, 023 Bomblet and 013 have been adopted by engineers around the world as studio standards that offer impressive sounds. In this Buyer's Guide, we'll take a closer look at the brand’s lineup of high-end condenser microphones and hear them in action. Before we get to the specifics of each release, let's learn a little about the history of Soyuz and how they handcraft these beautiful mics. Continue reading →
  5. Win An ISA 428 MkII Mic Preamp & ADN8 Card From Focusrite Pro and Vintage King!

    Win An ISA 428 MkII Mic Preamp & ADN8 Card From Focusrite Pro and Vintage King!
    March is here and you know what that means... NEW GIVEAWAY TIME! That's right, every month we team up with one of your favorite pro audio brands to give one lucky winner a special gift. This month Vintage King and Focusrite Pro are giving away a Focusrite ISA 428 MkII mic preamp and ADN8 card. The Focusrite ISA 428 MkII offers up four of the brand’s prestigious ISA-series transformer-based preamps in a 2U rackmount unit. Throw in the ADN8 card we’re also giving away and you instantly have eight additional channels of I/O. This works perfectly for tracking a few sources on its own or for adding expanded I/O to pretty much any interface with Dante or ADAT connectivity. Continue reading →
  6. Rupert Neve's Greatest Pro Audio Innovations

    Rupert Neve's Greatest Pro Audio Innovations
    A few weeks ago, the pro audio community suffered a tremendous loss when Rupert Neve passed away at the age of 94. Known to many as the father of modern recording, Rupert's passing shook colleagues, fans and musicians alike. He was known for being an incredibly kind man and a brilliant innovator who inspired legions of music makers with his...
  7. 20 Questions With Erin Tonkon

    20 Questions With Erin Tonkon
    Erin Tonkon broke into the world of engineering at a young age and started learning under the best at NYU's Clive Davis Insitute of Recorded Music. During her studies, the budding engineer began working with production legend Tony Visconti. Over the course of six years, Erin would work side-by-side with Tony, including handling the engineering duties for David Bowie's final record, Blackstar, in addition to releases from Esperanza Spalding and The Damned. In recent years, Erin has continued to amass an incredible discography of work, including mixing albums for Sad13, Richard Hell, Rosie Tucker, Lady Lamb and more. She is also the co-founder of a new company that is trying to revive the New York City music scene post-pandemic by bringing together musicians, producers, multiple studios and a new live venue. Continue reading →
  8. Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit

    Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit
    Detroit-based techno pioneer Carl Craig believes that to come out of the Motor City you need to be powerful. This statement not only applies to the town's musical exports, but to the pro audio creations being built here by the likes of Mesanovic. "I'm really proud of Deni [Mesanovic] for coming up with a great speaker," says Carl of the new Mesanovic RTM10 monitor. "I'm ready for his speaker to impact the world in the same way that Detroit music has impacted the world." Continue reading →
  9. The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan

    The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan
    Whether he’s expanding minds in post-rock legends Tortoise, reimagining Sheryl Crow (yes, that Sheryl Crow!) with saxophonist Joshua Redman, or chopping up work on the spot with drummer Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker has a natural feel for sounds that captivate. A significant force in the Chicago experimental and jazz scene, presently based out of California, his genre-defying work challenges listeners to think and feel beyond categories. Parker is a supremely prolific sideman and studio collaborator, but he also happens to have several solo records under his belt too. Today we’re digging into his latest, last year’s Suite for Max Brown, an informal companion to his previous record, The New Breed, which was honored by London's Observer as the best jazz album of 2016. Continue reading →
  10. Focal Delivers Optimized Listening Experience With Clear Mg Professional Headphones

    Focal Delivers Optimized Listening Experience With Clear Mg Professional Headphones
    Focal is often considered one of the global leaders in the realm of acoustics, a claim long backed by its innovative studio monitor and headphone designs. The brand's latest release, the Clear Mg Professional headphones ($1,490), push the technology and performance of the original Clear Professional to brand new heights. Designed with music creators in mind, the Clear Mg Professional are circum-aural open-back headphones that offer optimized performance for the full frequency spectrum. Focal is reusing the original speaker drivers of the Clear Professionals (15/8" with M-shaped inverted domes), but have constructed them with Magnesium. By using Magnesium, Focal's research and development team has created a speaker driver formula that offers the right mix of lightness, rigidity and damping. Continue reading →

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In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
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This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
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The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
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