Product Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • First Listen: A Review Of The Universal Audio Apollo X Audio Interfaces

    Since its initial release in 2012, the Universal Audio Apollo series has revolutionized the world of digital audio interfaces by offering an impeccable sound at an affordable price. With the announcement of the Universal Audio Apollo X, the brand is once again pushing their flagship interface forward and providing significant upgrades in power, conversion and monitoring.  

    To purchase the Universal Audio Apollo X Series, which is in stock and shipping from Vintage King right now, please click here. To take advantage of best-in-industry trade-in values when upgrading your current Apollo to an Apollo X, please click here. Continue reading

  • Fresh Listen: Neve 1073LB

    The Neve 1073 is without a doubt one of the most beloved mic pre/EQs in the history of the recording industry. Since its birth in 1970, when Rupert Neve outfitted his A88 console with the first version of the module, engineers and producers have been transfixed by the grit and bite it can deliver to tracks.

    While the 1073 has seen many different variations, versions, and replicas, none have made more of an impact than the Neve 1073LB. This 500 Series-sized version of the 1073 offers the magic of the original's sound via a 100% discrete audio path and the same design as the classic circuit. Imagine getting the all analog sound of a Neve 1073 for under $1000. It's a reality with the 1073LB. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Antelope Audio Edge Strip

    It’s a very interesting time in the recording industry. The landscape is drastically changing as digital modeling technology comes closer and closer to recreating the sound of the analog classics we all know and love.

    Over the past year, I’ve had the chance to use some of the top modeling microphones and preamp systems including the Universal Audio Unison preamps, Townsend Labs Sphere microphone, Slate VMS microphone and now the Antelope Audio Edge Strip. There hasn’t been a system that’s let me down yet. In my opinion, it would be hard to find a more versatile microphone for under $1,500 than the Antelope, Slate or Townsend Labs. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Black Box MM-1 Mic Preamp

    One of the best parts of my position at Vintage King is being able to try new preamps I would normally never get the chance to use. A few weeks ago I was introduced to the Black Box MM-1 and immediately became a huge fan.

    The MM-1 is a unique all-tube preamp with two gain stages and custom wound input and output transformers, allowing independent control of the Pentode and Triode stages and the ability to blend between the two. The potentiometers aren’t stepped, which allows the smallest tweaks on either side to drastically reshape the tone. Continue reading

  • First Listen: ADAM Audio T Series Monitors

    If you’re looking for a quality set of active studio monitors on a budget, look no further than ADAM Audio. Over the past week, I've got to spend some quality time with their new line of T Series studio monitors, the T7V and T5V. I’m pretty blown away with how ADAM Audio was able to provide such quality sound at such a friendly price point.

    When you’re first starting out, you more than likely don’t have an insane budget for professional grade monitors, so you try and get the best ones you can and make due with what you have. Of all the monitors I’ve tried in this price range, I personally think the new line of ADAM Audio speakers far surpasses anything in their class. Continue reading

  • First Listen: Chase Bliss Audio Condor


    The Chase Bliss Audio Condor is a fantastic new pedal that gives us the ability to shape the necessary frequencies for our source to sit as it should within a mix. On the front panel it reads, “Condor, Analog EQ / Pre / Filter” and it is absolutely just that, but it’s what you do with it that makes it unlike any other tone shaping device out there. Continue reading

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