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  • Around The Shop: Sontec MEP-250A Parametric Equalizer

    Things have been busy lately in the Vintage King Tech Shop and one of our first projects of 2019 has been this vintage Sontec MEP-250A. Technician Justin Weiss has been giving this beloved stereo 5-band equalizer some much needed care, both internally and externally.

    To call the Sontec MEP-250A a "classic" is an understatement. It's actually a descendant of the first parametric equalizer (ITI ME-230), which was designed by Burgess Macneal and George Massenburg. After ITI went out of business, Burgess Macneal bought the rights to the equalizer and formed a new brand, Sontec. Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Equalizers

    The letters EQ have become such a mainstay in the studio that we often don't think about where the abbreviation came from. It's essentially shorthand for "equalization" and "equalizer." It’s also helpful to think of them as symbols for "Enhancing Quality," as equalizers have certainly had a hand in improving audio over the years.

    Throughout this Buyer's Guide, we will be approaching the subject of equalizers and learning more about their history and impact on the modern-day studio. Additionally, we will be covering the different types of equalizers, what makes them unique and the controls featured on most EQs. Continue reading

  • VK Shootout: Peluso Microphone Lab P-414 v.s. Vintage AKG C 414

    During AES 2018, the Peluso Microphone Lab announced that they would be launching a new take on a classic microphone. The P-414 from Peluso takes direct inspiration from AKG's beloved studio workhorse, the C 414.

    Not just any C 414 though, as Peluso looked to the C 414 EB from 1976 as a guiding light during their design process. This new version of the microphone uses the same brass dual-backplate edge-terminated 34 mm capsule as the original EB model. In addition, the brass grille and body have also been brought over for maximum durability.  Continue reading

  • Best Selling Audio Interfaces Of 2018

    Over the course of the past few weeks, we've delved into some of the top selling items from last year in categories like microphones, monitors and outboard gear. We're starting off 2019 on the Vintage King blog with one more look back at the Best Selling Audio Interfaces of 2018.

    With the studio scene constantly evolving, audio interfaces have enabled a wide range of music creators to make better recordings in all types of settings. Discover what interfaces topped our list (plus a few honorable mentions) and find out more about these innovative tools if you're looking to pick one up in 2019. Continue reading

  • Best Selling Microphones Of 2018

    The ball is about to drop on 2019 and leave the last year behind in the history books. New year, new me... New microphones? If you said "Yes," we couldn't agree more as there has never been a better crop of mics at Vintage King. 

    Continue on below to discover the Best Selling Microphones Of 2018 and find out what the rest of the pro audio community has been buying. From tried and true workhorse mics to revolutionary new designs, these are the most popular mics of the past year. Continue reading

  • Best Selling Studio Monitors Of 2018

    Throughout 2018, Vintage King customers were upgrading their studio monitors and hearing their mixes better than ever. While larger monitors still sold at an impressive rate, it was interesting to see the trend of downsizing classic technology into smaller speaker sizes.

    Continue on below to discover the Best Selling Monitors of 2018 and see what everyone has been buying this past year. Featured on the list are new favorites from Barefoot Sound, ADAM Audio and Focal, classics from ATC Loudspeakers and other interesting selections. Continue reading

  • Vintage King's Dustin McLaughlin Picks Best Guitar Pedals & Effects Of 2018

    Just when you thought guitar pedals and effects couldn't get any better in 2017, gear designers stepped up their game and blew our collective lids in 2018. This year has been another incredible one for new toys to build, shape and destroy our tones with.

    While it was really hard to narrow down a top five with so many great releases, I've come up with a list of my favorite pedals, synth modules, effects and beyond from the past year. Watch our video below to hear my top five in action and continue below for more expansive demos of each piece and some honorable mentions I couldn't leave out. Continue reading

  • Best Selling Outboard Gear of 2018

    An empty rack space is a terrible thing to waste and throughout 2018, Vintage King customers filled them in with fervor. From classic gear to reproductions and new innovations, you brought it home and helped make this one of the biggest years in outboard gear ever.

    So... What has everyone been buying? Well, we're here to talk about the top five best selling pieces of outboard gear from 2018. Read below to discover the mic pres, EQs, compressors and more that made it into the ranks, along with a few deserving honorable mentions from close to the top of the list. Continue reading

  • 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

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