Product Reviews

  • 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

  • First Listen: A Review Of The Trident A-Range 500 EQ

    The Trident A-Range console is known for having one of the most beloved EQs of all time. So it wasn't such a surprise when the Trident team announced at the NAMM Show 2018 that they would be bringing the classic EQ to lunchbox racks around the world with the release of the Trident A-Range 500 EQ.

    Why is there so much love for the Trident A-Range EQ? Its unique design sets it apart from any other EQ due to its use of faders rather than stepped potentiometers for gain adjustment. It also doesn't hurt that Trident A-Range desks were used in the making of Lou Reed’s Transformer, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and many more classic records.  Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review of the Retro Instruments Revolver

    With the release of their latest creation, the RevolverRetro Instruments has done it once again by reviving a beloved studio staple and updating it for the modern workflow. Just like other Retro Instrument releases in the past, the vintage vibe extends far beyond the Revolver's classic looking exterior.  

    Based on the legendary modded Altec 436, the Revolver is a dual-channel, all tube compressor that has been hand-built in the USA with that classic British tone. It’s also loaded with expanded features, making it a compressor that works in any stage from tracking to mastering. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review of the Universal Audio Arrow Interface

    Universal Audio just announced a brand new interface called the Arrow that features the same sonic qualities and flexibility as their larger Apollo units. The Arrow features a single UAD-2 DSP chip, two Unison mic preamps, a Hi-Z input and comes in a small sleek package that routes audio and power through a single Thunderbolt-3 cable on both Macs and PCs. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review of the UK Sound 1173

    BAE recently announced that they would be releasing a new product line under the banner of UK Sound. The brand’s first product, the UK Sound 1173, is the combination of a Neve 1073 style preamp and Universal Audio/Urei 1176 style compressor in a single space rack module.

    For the design, world-renowned tracking and mix engineer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith, Korn) teamed up with BAE and gear designer Michael Stucker to help bring the best of both worlds into a single piece of hardware.

    Watch our demo video of the UK Sound 1173 and continue reading below to see a full review of this mic pre and compressor combo. Continue reading

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