Vintage King Blog

  • Buyer's Guide: Nearfield Monitors

    Sometimes the end is the beginning. When it comes to your audio signal chain, it all ends at your studio monitors, which are then the beginning of your interaction with the sound that they relay. At this key juncture, you want the best product your budget can afford. When building a new studio or upgrading an existing one, the monitors should be at the top of your priority list.

    For many of us, that means specifically nearfield reference monitors. Why nearfield? What makes the “nearfield” so important for listening is that the closer the speaker (aka the driver) is to the ear, the less room reflection is involved in the sonic waves. This allows the listener to hear more of the captured signal and less of the room, with all its inherent distortions. Big wall and soffit-mounted monitors are great to have, but the real detail is found in the nearfield. Continue reading

  • First Listen: TC Electronic DVR250-DT Digital Vintage Reverb Controller

    The modern-day studio has become a place where differing thoughts and design aesthetics merge together to give us more creative tools. For the release of the TC Electronic DVR250-DT, the brand's designers have built something that will equally delight fans of digital reverb and those that crave more tactile control over their sound.

    At its core, the DVR250-DT is an incredible reverb plug-in. TC Electronic has taken inspiration from one of the most beloved reverb units ever created, the EMT-250, and kept very faithful to its classic sound. While the 100-pound radiator-style build of the original is gone, something very unique has taken its place. Continue reading

  • How To Utilize Drum Machines And Samplers In The Studio

    Take a look at the most successful songs from the past 10 years and you’ll be hard pressed to find a track without any use of drum samples. It’s safe to say if you’re still relying on your trusty drum kit and a live drummer for every beat, you’re limiting your creative potential.

    Thanks to forever advancing technology, drum samples and loops are just another color that has been added to your music making palette. Whether they be crunchy and lo-fi or epicly clean, there are drum sounds to foster all kinds of creativity. In this blog, we’ll break down the different ways that you can use drum samples and drum machines in your studio. Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

    Avid have been busy adding features to Pro Tools over the past couple of years, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen any new hardware from them. During that time we’ve seen the I/O hardware playing field change as AD/DA Converters have taken another leap in quality/affordability and Audio-Over-IP has started to really take shape and consolidate around the Dante standard from Audinate.

    Now Avid is back in the hardware game with a very well specified, pristine sounding I/O with sophisticated internal routing and IP connectivity. Meet the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX. MTRX was originally designed by NPI and launched as the DAD AX32. It’s a configurable interface that has already found a home with high-end mix and mastering engineers and Vintage King Audio clients like Alan Meyerson, Craig Bauer, Warner Brothers and Mick Guzauski. This new version has been rebranded and updated with a smart black finish, and a simplified menu of user-installable optional upgrades. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Aston Stealth

    Aston Microphones set the pro audio world ablaze in 2016 when they introduced their first releases, the Origin and Spirit. In the time since, they've continued to design innovative microphones with a similar hearty build aesthetic, traits that both extend to their brand new Stealth mic.

    The word "unique" is only a starting point for defining the Aston Stealth. The microphone features an internal Class A preamp, an internal shock mount system, and four different voice settings that will give users a wide range of options to use in the studio. Each of these voice settings feature their own high-quality signal path, which helps to keep phase distortion to a minimum.

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  • Make Your Mark With Tucker Martine

    Nashville native Tucker Martine has been living in the Pacific Northwest for over two decades, working with the likes of The Decemberists, The Avett Brothers, Neko Case and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. While he has spent time in a number of studios, Martine has continued to look for a permanent home for his personal recording studio. He thinks his latest space is just the right fit.

    "My studio is called Flora Recording And Playback and this will be its fifth and final incarnation," Martine says with a laugh. "It's not quite finished yet, but it's finished enough."

    Taking a break from the build-out, Tucker Martine sat down to chat with Vintage King about his style of production, the sonic influence of Daniel Lanois, and his studio's forthcoming reverb chamber. Watch our new Mark Your Mark below and continue on afterward for an extended interview and some prime examples of Tucker's excellent work in the studio.

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  • Hear The New UK Sound 176 Mono Compressor

    In late 2017, BAE Audio announced the formation of a sister company, UK Sound, with a focus on creating affordable, high quality gear. UK Sound's latest release follows suit with this ideal, as the 176 mono compressor offers up a design inspired by the classic UREI/Universal Audio 1176.

    This isn't the first time that UK Sound has channeled the legendary FET-style compressor. The brand's first release, the 1173, brought together an 1176-style design with the much-loved Neve 1073 mic pre. While the 1173 comes in at a cost of $1,200, the new standalone version of the 176 only costs $749.00. This makes it perfect for anyone who already owns a 1073 mic pre and just wants more compression in their workflow.

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  • Michael Zähl Talks Creating Zähl 500 Series Modules And Custom Consoles For Conny Plank

    When he first began building gear for Conny Plank Studio in Germany, Michael Zähl entered a unique world of artistic experimentation. After all, this was the late 1970s. Artists like Kraftwerk, Neu!, and Cluster were well on there way towards creating cutting edge sounds that were as unique as they were beautiful.

    35 years on, Michael's engineering and design creations still stand out. He's continued to build consoles under the Zähl banner and has even brought his designs to the 500 Series format. Continue below to read our recent conversation with Michael Zähl and learn more about the past, present and future of his classic gear. Continue reading

  • Moog Music's Limited Edition Sirin Bass Synth In Stock At Vintage King

    Right before the 2019 NAMM Show, Moog Music announced the release of a new bass synthesizer, the Sirin. This synth (which is limited to only 2500 units worldwide), has now landed at Vintage King and is ready to be shipped to low end fanatics everywhere.

    For the Sirin, Moog Music revived the Taurus bass synth sound engine and put it into the handy Minitaur form factor. The original Moog Taurus was a foot-operated synth and was manufactured from 1975 to 1981 and had another brief run as the Taurus II from in 1981 to 1983. The bass synth pedal was a favorite among Rush, Yes and many more legendary prog rock artists. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Neve 5315 Recording Console

    At any time when you walk through the doors of the Vintage King Tech Shop, you're bound to find our team of technicians working on a number of vintage and used recording consoles. During our last visit, we were able to check out a vintage Neve console from the 1970s that was in for a premium servicing job.

    The Neve 5351 console was built in 12-channel and 24-channel configurations and originally equipped with 33114, 33115 and 33117 channel strips. Since each channel was interchangeable, users were able to select which strip they preferred and access different EQ selections based on the model number. Continue reading

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