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  • Vintage King Goes Live In The D With WDIV

    Earlier today, Vintage King took over the WDIV Detroit newsroom for a segment on their Live In The D morning broadcast. We brought along a bevy of vintage gear and their modern counterparts, including the Neumann U67 (Neumann 67 Reissue), Fairchild 670 (UnderTone Audio UnFairchild 670 MII), Townsend Sphere L22 and the new Moog One.

    Prior to the live shoot featuring Vintage King's President Ryan McGuire and Audio Consultant Brandon Murphy, WDIV ran a segment offering a look at the inner workings of our company. The news team came to the Vintage King Tech Shop and we had the opportunity to show off how we restore vintage and used gear to their classic condition. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review Of The Moog One Synthesizer

    For years, synthesizer fans have been asking the question, "When will Moog release a new polyphonic analog synth?" Ask (to the point of exhaustion), and you shall receive, synth community! Meet the brand new Moog One polyphonic synthesizer.

    While designing their first polyphonic analog synth in over 30 years, it's apparent that Moog held nothing back in regards to its sheer number of features. The Moog One is the result of years of research and development and its expansive palette of sonic colors will be a shock to those who have been waiting with baited breath. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: RCA 44-BX

    In terms of ribbon microphones, there may be no more important or recognizable model than the RCA 44-BX. The microphone, which was made from 1932 through 1955, is a stylish icon that has often been imitated but rarely outdone in terms of musicality.

    Fortunately, we get to see a lot of RCA 44-BX microphones come through the Vintage King Tech Shop. Some come to the shop in pretty bad shape and others fair slightly better, which is pretty remarkable considering these mics have been at work for at least 60 years. Continue reading

  • New AEA KU5A Reimagines BK-5 With Supercardioid Pattern

    The new AEA KU5A serves as a reminder that the brand has always been known for creating incredible ribbon microphones. Once again, inspiration comes in the form of a classic RCA mic, but this time, AEA is giving their new microphone a sonic quality all its own.

    For the KU5A, AEA looked to the form factor of the RCA BK-5. The end-address design microphone was originally released in the mid-1950s and was primarily used at TV and radio stations. The microphone has been a recording studio staple in the decades since, as its lightweight body and uniaxial design enables users to have a more directional focus on the sound source. Continue reading

  • The Analog Color Of The New Solid State Logic Fusion

    The brand new Solid State Logic Fusion side-steps the brand's classic transparency by offering up some unique coloring tools for engineers. The five distinct analog processors of the Fusion have been designed with hybird studios in mind and will offer warmth, depth, color and more to your digital recordings.

    We were fortunate enough to have Solid State Logic's Fadi Hayek recently stop by the Vintage King studio room and give us a walkthrough of the Fusion's features. Watch our new video below to hear all five of the Fusion's coloring tools at work and gain more insight into the unit. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Ken Andrews Of Red Swan Studios

    Ken Andrews has always felt at home in the studio. What started as just recording to a four-track in his apartment, eventually grew to the budding engineer/producer and his Failure bandmates decamping to a rental home filled with newly purchased gear. Once there, they would create the highly influential album, Fantastic Planet.

    In the time since Fantastic Planet's release, Andrews has been working in major studios and helping craft hit records for Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, Pete Yorn and many more. While working in these studios has provided Andrews with a space to grow his recording and mixing skills, the thought of once again creating his own home base was extremely enticing. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review Of The Meris Enzo Synth Pedal

    Since entering the pro audio/pedal game, Meris has flipped the world upside down by creating some of the most interesting sounding gear to be released in years. From delay (Polymoon) to reverb (Mercury 7, Mercury 7 pedal) to bit-crusher (Ottobit, Ottobit Jr.), they've been killing it on all levels.

    The latest release from Meris, the Enzo, takes the idea of an instrument-based synthesizer pedal and expands on it in a way never done before. Utilizing a guitar, bass, drum machine, your voice or even another synthesizer, you can take full advantage of a wide-ranging swath of beautiful sounding synth features. Continue reading

  • Dutch & Dutch 8c Monitors Come To Vintage King

    When Dutch & Dutch set out to create their monitors, they didn't want to just create a great sounding audio system. They wanted to build something universally adaptable, that could be put in any studio and evolve to the sound of that specific room.

    With the release of their flagship 8c monitor, Dutch & Dutch has done exactly that. The 8c uses unique active room matching technology to make the monitors custom fit for your facility. Simply by taking the room's measurements, inputting them into the companion app and adjusting the onboard EQ settings, you'll ensure you hear mixes the way they were meant to be. Continue reading

  • The Basics Of Miking Drums For A Recording Session

    Let's face it. Drum recording can seem really overwhelming for anyone who is new to the concept. It’s not uncommon to have to manage placement, phase, and clipping for a dozen mics during a recording session. They key is to relax and take it one mic at a time.

    Throughout this blog, we'll touch on some of the key elements of miking a drum set and how you can make sure you are doing the job right the first time. There are many different ways to accomplish recording a great drum track, but these are some of the time-tested basics standards that will keep clients happy. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Hosts Universal Audio Apollo X Events In Los Angeles And Nashville

    A few weeks ago, Universal Audio announced Apollo X, the latest upgrade to the brand's beloved flagship interface. With more power, improved conversion, built-in talkback mic and expanded monitoring options, the Apollo X is better than ever. Want to learn more? Check out our review of all four Apollo X interfaces by clicking here.

    For those of you located near Los Angeles and Nashville, we are hosting two special events on October 4th that will allow you to be one of the first to get your hands on the Apollo X interfaces. The Universal Audio crew will be at our Vintage King Los Angeles and Vintage King Nashville showrooms throughout the day on the 4th and will be providing visitors with demos of the Apollo X's new features and upgrades. Additionally, we'll have a Universal Audio giveaway and there will be light food and drink at both locations. Continue reading

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