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  • 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

  • 20 Questions With Catherine Vericolli

    Catherine Vericolli is the owner, engineer and manager of Fivethirteen Recording Studios in Tempe, Arizona. She is a lover of all things analog who has personally headed all console installations and outboard wiring at Fivethirteen since the studio's first console and 2" machine in 2006. She also co-edits Pink Noise Magazine and teaches classes at The Conservatory Of Recording Arts and Sciences.

    During a rare moment of downtime while on a business trip in Hawaii, Catherine was nice enough to chat with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about her obsession with ribbon mics, what it’s like starting your own studio and the time she met Rupert Neve. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Moog Grandmother Synthesizer

    Prior to Moogfest 2018, Moog Music announced the launch of a new synthesizer, the Moog Grandmother. This semi-modular synthesizer features a built-in arpeggiator, sequencer and spring reverb tank, allowing both novices and synth enthusiasts the ability to use the instrument straight out of the box.

    Vintage King is now taking pre-orders for the Moog Grandmother. Please click here to head to our pre-order page and continue below to watch our new demo of the synthesizer. 

    Moog's latest synth features two analog oscillators with four wave shapes each and a hard sync option that lets you sync the second oscillator to the first. These oscillators are based on the version in the Moog MiniMoog. The synthesizer features an easy-to-use arpeggiator and sequencer, which can store up to three sequences with up to 256 notes each. Continue reading

  • The Synths And Drum Machines Behind Early Detroit Techno

    Like all good things in life, techno music can be traced back to Parliament-Funkadelic.

    The story starts in the early 1980s with three high-school students from Belleville, Michigan; Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. The trio, who would become known as the “Belleville Three,” would sit around for hours listening to electronic and funk music on a late-night radio show called "The Midnight Funk Association" on WGPR, hosted by underground DJ, The Electrifying Mojo.

    After hearing "Flashlight" by Parliament-Funkadelic, Atkins bought a Korg MS-10 synthesizer and started cutting tracks on his cassette player.  Continue reading

  • The Tape Delay And Echo Of Strymon's Magneto

    Strymon Engineering has been a giant in the pedal world for years, thanks in part to classic releases like the TimeLine, Mobius and BigSky. For the brand's first foray into the modular synth realm, Strymon has brought back a favorite element of the BigSky pedal, dubbed the Magneto.

    The Magneto applies an expanded concept of the pedal setting in modular synth form, as it offers up stereo multi-head tape delay via four playback heads and one record head. This tape delay gives you a looper, phrase sampler, vintage spring reverb unit, phase-aligned clock multiplier, chaotic oscillator, zero latency sub-oscillator and more, in one module. Continue reading

  • Vintage King's Inside Look At The Women's Audio Mission

    The goal to bring more female-identifying individuals into the audio industry has been the driving force behind the Women's Audio Mission since it was founded over 15 years ago. Formed by Executive Director Terri Winston at City College of San Francisco, the organization essentially began as a small club with around 15 participants. 

    In the time since their initial meetings, Winston has created something incredible. She has worked to create the only professional recording studio in the world completely built and run by women. With an impressive home base featuring state-of-the-art gear from Avid, Barefoot Sound and Audient, WAM has been able to provide audio training and work experience to over 1,500 women and girls from the Bay Area and beyond. Continue reading

  • Hot Stuff: The History of Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn"

    As one of the first hit songs to ever use a Moog synthesizer, "Popcorn" was both a sign of its times and a look far ahead into the future of music. Before soft synthesizers were ever a glimmer in an engineer's eye, electronic-music pioneers like "Popcorn" writer Gershon Kingsley were using big, bulky analog units with no presets to create musical magic.

    Kingsley, now 95-years-old, began playing the synthesizer in the 1960s, but that’s not where his love of music began. Kingsley had already earned a name for himself in the world of musical theatre, even earning a Tony Nomination in 1958 for his Conducting and Directing. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s arranged music for film and television, Broadway musicals, and many songs for Jewish religious ceremonies, but his most famous work is an instrumental synth-pop song inspired by a salty snack. Continue reading

  • Win An Avid S3 And Pro Tools Dock From Vintage King

    The evolution of control surfaces, DAW software and plug-ins have led more and more audio creators to work in the box. Vintage King and Avid want to help one lucky fan make the leap for themselves by giving away an incredible prize package featuring the Avid S3 control surface and Pro Tools Dock.

    When used on their own, the Avid S3 and Pro Tools Dock are extremely powerful tools that can control your DAW in a single highly portable surface. Pairing the two together yields incredible results as you are able to take advantage of timesaving touch workflows and custom controls.
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  • 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

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