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  • Music Documentaries To Watch Over The Holidays [2018 Edition]

    Tis the season to slam down the holiday meal, hand off presents to your loved ones and then get back into bed because you've been hustling throughout 2018 and it's your day off dammit...

    While we don't suggest skipping out on meals or visits with loved ones through the holidays, we understand your plight. If you've been working in the studio, running live sound or just busy creating music in your spare time, this is the time to reflect, rest and take it easy.

    How do we suggest you do that? By taking in some of the incredible music documentaries that have come out in the past year! Check out our list below, trust that it will take your mind off work and find inspiration in these amazing stories from some of the most recognized (and under-recognized) in the world of stage and song. Continue reading

  • Reviving The Ribbon With Royer Microphones' Rick Perrotta And Kevin Parker

    Royer Labs released their cutting-edge R-121 ribbon microphone in 1998. Within a short period of time, it sparked a revolution that reintroduced the smooth, musical characteristics of ribbons to engineers all around the world.

    We recently had the chance to chat with Rick Perrotta, President of Royer Labs, and Kevin Parker, Director of Sales, to learn more about how Royer started the ribbon microphone revolution and how they plan to continue to innovate in the future. Continue reading

  • Creating A Studio Set-Up And Mixing For Dolby Atmos

    The evolution of the listener's audio experience has led the post-production world to the vast frontiers of immersive mixing. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, mix engineers can now plunge their listeners into lush three-dimensional sonic worlds that feature well-placed, accurate sounds. The best part? With Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite, it's easier than ever before.

    If you've heard about Dolby Atmos and have been wondering why you need to start thinking about it when it comes to your mixes, you've come to the right place. Throughout this blog, we'll be outlining the concepts behind Dolby Atmos, the creation process for immersive mixing and some of the tools of the trade that you'll need to do the job right.  Continue reading

  • First Listen: Antelope Audio Edge Modeling Microphones

    Antelope Audio has expanded their Edge series with the release of the new Edge Solo, Edge Duo and Edge Quadro. All of these microphones come replete with incredible vintage microphone emulations that will allow you access to classic sounds in the studio, in addition to just being great mics on their own.

    Last week I was able to spend a day in the studio with the new Edge series microphones, and after testing each microphone on a variety of sources, I was blown away. There are so many options available right out of the box and the variety of tones I was able to get from a single microphone without leaving the control room was extremely satisfying Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Neumann Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

    No matter what sound source you're looking to record in the studio, there is a Neumann microphone that will allow you to confidently handle the task. For years, the Berlin-based company has been looked to as the gold standard of microphones and has continued to evolve their technology over time for the modern studio, stage and beyond.

    In our latest Buyer's Guide, we're breaking down Neumann's entire line of large diaphragm condenser microphones. Continue on below to learn more about each large diaphragm condenser mic's history, sonic qualities and best uses in the recording studio.

    If you'd like to hear these microphones in action, check out our new Neumann microphone shootout by clicking here. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Chris Coady

    Chris Coady has been producing, mixing and engineering your favorite records for decades. He has become known for his work with indie rock icons like Beach House, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.

    We recently had the chance to chat with Chris for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his philosophy on producing, his affinity for vintage dynamic microphones and how he uses old VCRs to spice up his mixes.

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  • Prophet's Song: The Making Of Queen's A Night At The Opera

    Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, known for their excessive orchestrations, progressive productions and extravagant theatrical performances.

    In 1975, the band released their seminal record, A Night At The Opera. At the time, it was the most expensive record ever made with a production budget of £40,000, that’s akin to over $250,000 today.

    With Queen back on the tip of people's tongues (thanks to a new biopic and upcoming tour), we decided to take a look back at the making of A Night At The Opera. Continue on below to discover what the recording process was like and learn more about the album's lasting legacy. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Chandler Limited TG Microphone

    Chandler Limited has always been known for their incredible analog hardware. However, with the release of the new TG Microphone, the brand is also solidifying their reputation for creating outstanding mics.

    Coming hot on the heels of the highly successfully EMI REDD Microphone, the TG Microphone is a new solid-state large diaphragm condenser mic. Once again, Chandler Limited is giving you the option to alter your sound at the source by giving the microphone a plethora of on-board tools. Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Avid S6 Control Surface

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    The Avid S6 is the world's first customizable work surface with a modular design that not only allows the user to configure it exactly as needed, but also to expand and grow as their needs change. The key is in the modules, and there are plenty to choose from.

    There are two configurations of the S6, the M10 and the M40, both are built around the EUCON Ethernet protocol. This allows the S6 to control multiple DAWs such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic and more. Up to eight different DAWs can be controlled from the same surface without moving from your monitors.

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  • Bring Home Beautiful Compression For Less During Black Friday

    Black Friday, the day itself, might be over, but we are far from done offering savings over at Vintage King. Our Black Friday Sale continues on until December 3rd with so many ways to save!

    Whether you’re looking for subtle glue on your mix bus, tight transient control on your tracks, or downright dirty parallel compression, we’ve got you covered this Black Friday with crazy deals on some of our most popular compressors. Continue reading

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