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  • Ways To Save On Pedals, Synths And Beyond For Black Friday 2018

    Our Black Friday Sale is on at Vintage King and we have so many different ways to save this holiday season. If you're looking to pick up some fantastic deals and extra goodies on more instrument-based items than you'll want to check out some of the sales featured in this blog.

    That's right, during out Black Friday Sale, we've got specials offers from Elektron, Moog Music, Novation, Rock Stock, Soundwell, Toontrack and more. Continue on below to discover Black Friday savings on some of the best from the world of synthesizers, pedals and software instruments.  Continue reading

  • Re-Up AVID Pro Tools Now And Lock In 20% Off Pricing

    During Vintage King's Black Friday Sale (which lasts from now through December 3rd), Avid is offering up 20% off on select software and hardware. That means that if you've been waiting to buy Pro Tools, there's never been a better time than now to do it. Avid's lowest prices of the year are here!

    Already have Pro Tools? You can still benefit from the savings even if you purchased your subscription/license earlier this year. When purchasing the same Pro Tools package that you currently own during the sale, you'll extend your subscription/license by a full year, in addition to the remaining time left on your current package. By doing so, you'll ensure you're locking in another whole year at this special 20% off pricing. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Kicks Off Inaugural Black Friday Bowl

    Football has become as much of a tradition during the holidays as uncles who talk too much, dry turkey and floating cartoon characters in the sky. After all, what are you going to do instead of watching the big game? Actually talk to your family?

    For the inaugural Vintage King Black Friday Bowl, we ask the question, "What happens when you pit analog v.s. digital on the biggest day to save of the year?!" The answer? Everyone wins! Watch the video below to see the gridiron glory unfold and then explore all of our deals during the Vintage King Black Friday Sale by clicking here. Continue reading

  • Six Black Friday Audio Interface Deals At Vintage King

    Now that the home recording revolution is in full swing, more and more musicians are taking the plunge and learning how to create quality recordings at home. Good recordings start at the source, but every link in your signal chain colors the sound. A great instrument and a great mic recorded through a cheap preamp will ruin an otherwise perfect recording.

    If you're in need of a great recording interface, our Black Friday Sale is a great place to start. Step up your home recording game with Black Friday deals on these popular recording interfaces. Continue reading

  • 12 Ways To Save On Microphones During Black Friday

    Ah yes, breath it in. That's the smell of sweet, sweet savings during our annual Black Friday Sale. For 2018, we thought we'd get started even earlier so you could take advantage of all the fantastic deals we have in store for you before Black Friday actually even happens.

    If you're looking to level up your mic locker than you came to the right place, as we have huge deals on dozens of microphones during our Black Friday Sale. From vintage-inspired mics to modern marvels, read on below to find out what you can bring home for less during our sale this year. Continue reading

  • Fresh Listen: Tube-Tech CL 1B

    Since it first made its debut in 1987, the Tube-Tech CL 1B has become a modern studio classic. Why is this compressor what engineers and producers often patch in for their sessions? The optical tube compressor offers up smooth, butter-like compression that is practical and doesn't feature the harshness that can be associated with some other compressors.

    In particular, the Tube-Tech CL 1B has become synonymous with being the go-to compressor on vocals in the pop and hip-hop music communities. The compressor is known to have been a mainstay on vocal sessions for Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and plenty more chart-topping hitmakers. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With F. Reid Shippen

    F. Reid Shippen is a mixer, producer, and recording engineer whose credits include 10 Grammy®-award winning projects and hundreds of #1 hits. His credits include Kenny Chesney, Elle King, Sammy Hagar, Dierks Bentley, MercyMe, Cage the Elephant, Pink, Minus the Bear, Jonny Lang, Chris Tomlin, Disney, Lucie Silvas, Colony House and BASSH. Reid currently owns and operates Robot Lemon studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

    We recently sat down with Reid and chatted for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his modded SSL 4000, why he spray painted his acoustic guitar, how he uses effects pedals to process his drum mics and how a lot of recording advice is "fake news."   Continue reading

  • Vintage King And Retro Instruments Team Up For Exclusive 175-B Compressor

    Vintage King wanted to create something special to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, so we teamed up with our friends at Retro Instruments to release a reproduction of the 175-B compressor. There will only be 100 of these limited edition 175-B recreations available worldwide and they will be sold exclusively through Vintage King.

    Why bring back the 175-B? Simple. It’s a classic compressor that has been a staple since its release. Designed by Bill Putnam, the product was created to make up for the lack of compressors created specifically for recording studios. It’s huge and clear sounding tube circuitry and aggressive nature has made it a favorite of many engineers on drums, guitars and vocals. Continue reading

  • Utilizing Analog Gear In Your Digital Set-Up

    Digital audio has made it infinitely easier for artists to record their own music. Years ago, the process of making a record involved hours of writing, rehearsing and pre-production before booking an expensive hourly studio. Today, we simply click an icon on our screen and start creating.

    The process may have improved, but the results have suffered in some ways. Artists can record themselves at home more easily than ever with digital interfaces, but these tracks often pale in comparison to those recorded with analog gear. Continue reading

  • Vintage King's AES Afterglow Celebrates By Recording Straight To Vinyl

    After the doors closed at AES 2018 in New York City, Vintage King headed to Sear Sound to celebrate another successful pro audio convention. For this exclusive event, we were honored to be a part of the first-ever live quadraphonic direct-to-disk recording session in history.

    For the session, musician Emily Wells provided the sounds. She is an incredible multi-instrumentalist who is capable of creating extremely lush, beautiful and deep music all by herself. At the Afterglow event, she created a layered performance that featured vocals/vocoder, synths, violin and percussion. Continue reading

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