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  1. Rupert Neve's Greatest Pro Audio Innovations

    Rupert Neve's Greatest Pro Audio Innovations
    A few weeks ago, the pro audio community suffered a tremendous loss when Rupert Neve passed away at the age of 94. Known to many as the father of modern recording, Rupert's passing shook colleagues, fans and musicians alike. He was known for being an incredibly kind man and a brilliant innovator who inspired legions of music makers with his...
  2. Best Selling Outboard Gear of 2020

    Best Selling Outboard Gear of 2020
    As more recording and mix studios move to hybrid workflows, one thing is for sure... No one is leaving behind their analog outboard gear completely. Digital may be easier and getting closer in sound, but most engineers prefer to have a rack of analog goodies at the ready for working on tracks. 2020 was another banner year for outboard gear at Vintage King and we are going to break down our top ten best-selling mic pres, compressors, and EQs below. Continue on to find out what tried-and-true classics from Neve, API and Rupert Neve Designs made the list, in addition to some newer offerings from Solid State Logic, Radial Engineering and Cranborne Audio. Continue reading →
  3. Eric Valentine Breaks Down UnderTone Audio's UNFa-1 Accessory Box

    Eric Valentine Breaks Down UnderTone Audio's UNFa-1 Accessory Box
    Eric Valentine is a beloved record producer and engineer who's had his hands on countless hit records over the years. Throughout 2020, his YouTube series, Making Records, has been a great source of inspiration for those who have been stuck inside and want to learn new skills for recording and mixing. Aside from his work in the studio, Eric also heads up UnderTone Audio. The brand has been manufacturing a wide array of analog-based outboard gear for several years, including the UnFairchild 670 MKII. The UnFairchild is a painstaking recreation of the legendary Fairchild compressor, which sounds incredible and weighs in at a fraction of the cost of an original unit. Continue reading →
  4. Behind The Gear: D.W. Fearn

    Behind The Gear: D.W. Fearn
    Based in Pennsylvania, D.W. Fearn has garnered a reputation over the years for being one of the finest purveyors of tube recording equipment. Known for essentials like the VT-1 and VT-5, D.W. Fearn gear can be found in control rooms all over the world and is easily recognizable by the brand's iconic red finish. The company was originally started in 1993 by owner and namesake Doug Fearn. Doug spent the better part of a few decades making his own gear before enlisting brothers Geoff and George Hazelrigg of Hazelrigg Industries to help in the manufacturing and marketing of his equipment. Continue reading →
  5. Every Way To Save On Outboard Gear During Vintage King's Black Friday Sale

    Every Way To Save On Outboard Gear During Vintage King's Black Friday Sale
    The turkey has been eaten, you've napped to your heart's content and now it's time to save. Trick out your studio with some new outboard gear this holiday season and save during our massive two-week Black Friday Sale. We're here to breakdown all of the biggest ways to save on outboard gear. Continue below to discover deals from all of your favorite brands, including Shadow Hills, Pultec, Neve, and so much more. Happy savings! Continue reading →
  6. Mega Rupert Neve Designs Demo With New 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor And Master Buss Converter

    Mega Rupert Neve Designs Demo With New 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor And Master Buss Converter
    Rupert Neve Designs is celebrating its 15th year in pro audio by dropping a few new releases that will have engineers salivating. Earlier this month, the Texas-based brand announced its Master Buss Converter and we're excited to say that today brings us the launch of the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor. Before we get into our demo video that includes both pieces of gear, let's talk a little about what's going on with this new equipment. Let's start first with the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor. Rupert Neve got his start making diode bridge compressors in the early 1970s and these designs have become known for bringing warmth and acting as the glue on mixes. The only issue when using a diode bridge compressor in the modern studio is that the controls can be slightly limiting (pun not intended). Not the case anymore, thanks to Rupert! Continue reading →
  7. API Announces New API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor

    API Announces New API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
    It's rare a modern piece of gear comes along and quickly becomes a modern classic, but API Audio's 2500 stereo bus compressor has done just that. Since its release in 2002, engineers all over the world have relied on the 2500 for its impeccable stereo image, punchy bottom end, and signature warmth. Today, API Audio has announced they are upgrading this essential stereo bus compressor and adding a number of new features. The API 2500+ will feature an Expanded Threshold control (+20dv to -20dv) and the new Mix/Blend function that was added to the 50th Anniversary Edition of the 2500 released last year. Continue reading →
  8. Vintage King Stereo Bus Compressor Shootout With Warm Audio Bus-Comp

    Vintage King Stereo Bus Compressor Shootout With Warm Audio Bus-Comp
    Whether you’re looking to glue your mix together, fine-tune the dynamics of a performance, or just add some color and character to your sound, a quality bus compressor is a must-have for any mix engineer. Since Warm Audio recently released its new BUS-COMP, we decided to take it into the studio and shoot it out with several fan favorites. In this video, we put the Bus-Comp up against the TK Audio BC1-THD, Overstayer Stereo Voltage Control, Dangerous Music COMPRESSOR, and SSL Stereo Bus Compressor, so you can hear how each of them perform in different scenarios. We tested each compressor on the drum bus, both in solo and with the mix, as well as on the mix bus. Although each compressor has its own unique sound and features, we used the same settings on each one to help you hear the differences. Continue reading →
  9. Buyer's Guide: BAE Audio

    Buyer's Guide: BAE Audio
    The roots of BAE Audio were planted back in the 1980s with the original Brent Averill Enterprises. It began with a focus on repairing and racking original Neve and API modules to bring the sound of a full mixing board into rack-mounted gear that could fit into any studio workflow. As the business evolved, Brent began replicating the original designs to the nth degree, using original spec components from OEM manufacturers (particularly the transformers) and wiring these all-discrete designs by hand. A reputation for build quality and sonic excellence was established that continues to this day. In the late ‘90s, Brent decided to retire. Enter Mark Loughman, a tech at the firm who decided to buy the business and continue the excellence. He renamed it BAE, a nod to both the original name and an acronym for British Audio Engineering, which was and still is the focus of the sonic signature created by BAE products. The classic “British EQ” and the sound heard on countless records emanating from the UK for the past five decades is at the heart of BAE. Continue reading →
  10. Buyer's Guide: UK Sound

    Buyer's Guide: UK Sound
    In late 2017, BAE Audio announced that they would be starting a new brand that continued to build on their legacy of recreating classic pieces of audio gear. Dubbed UK Sound, the company would kick off their product line with the 1173, which brought together a 1073-style mic pre and 1176-style compressor into one piece of gear. Since the release of the 1173, UK Sound has been steadily increasing their output and announced four new products in late Summer 2019. Read our new Buyer's Guide below to get a complete breakdown of all of the offerings from UK Sound and learn the differences between each product. Continue reading →

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Matthew R.
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Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
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You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
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