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Interview

  1. Five Sounds With Ricardo Sangiao

    Five Sounds With Ricardo Sangiao
    Based out of Miami, Florida, Ricardo Sangiao is one of the hottest names in mastering at the moment. Known for his work in the Latin, hip-hop, and dance genres, Ricardo has had a hand in many platinum releases in the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. He's mastered records for Rick Ross, Danny Ocean, and Diljit Dosanjh, just to name a few. Working under legendary engineer Bob Katz, Ricardo has learned from the best and is now applying his knowledge at his own studio, World Class Mastering. Ricardo recently sat down with Vintage King for a Five Sounds With interview to talk about a number of records he has worked on, his process and the gear he uses. Continue reading →
  2. 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 →
  3. The Making Of Future Islands' As Long As You Are With Steve Wright

    The Making Of Future Islands' As Long As You Are With Steve Wright
    When synth-pop quartet Future Islands were looking for a studio to track its sixth record, As Long As You Are, they didn't have to venture far from home to find the right place. The Baltimore, Maryland-based group made its way to the world-class facilities of Wright Way Studios, located conveniently within the limits of Charm City. Once there, Future Islands set to work with studio owner, producer, and audio engineer Steve Wright. In addition to handling both recording engineer and mix engineer duties on As Long As You Are, Steve has built an incredible resume over the past three decades working with artists like Mos Def, U.N.K.L.E, Slipknot, and Dying Fetus. We recently caught up with Steve to talk about the new Future Islands record and the recording and mixing process. Continue reading below to find out what gear he used and learn a little more about the set-up over at Wright Way. Continue reading →
  4. New Environments For Mixing With Steven Slate Audio's VSX Modeling Headphones

    New Environments For Mixing With Steven Slate Audio's VSX Modeling Headphones
    Steven Slate has been at the forefront of innovation in the pro audio world for over a decade now. His recent releases find cutting-edge software working in tandem with physical products to emulate classic studio technology, and thus giving engineers a number of tools at a great price. Under the banner of Steven Slate Audio, Steven is pushing modeling to a new realm with the release of the VSX Headphones. This hybrid system combines headphones featuring lightweight beryllium hybrid drivers and custom analog tuning circuitry with a modeling plug-in that recreates a variety of listening environments. NRG Recording Studio, Archon Recording, car stereo, nightclub sound system, classic reference boombox... There are all there, and there's more. Continue reading →
  5. 20 Questions With Kim Rosen

    20 Questions With Kim Rosen
    Kim Rosen is a mastering engineer based out of Ringwood, New Jersey, where she owns and operates her own studio, Knack Mastering. Over the course of the past decade and some change, Kim has put together an impressive resume of records, including Grammy®-nominated releases from Bettye LaVette, Bonnie Raitt, and The Milk Carton Kids, in addition to a win for Aimee Mann's Mental Illness. We had the pleasure of talking with Kim as a part of our ongoing 20 Questions series in which we interview top engineers and producers about their careers and day-to-day lives. Continue below to learn more about how Kim got started in the industry, find out what song defines her mastering work, and get details on the tube amplifier she created with her husband. Continue reading →
  6. Behind The Gear: Josephson Engineering

    Behind The Gear: Josephson Engineering
    Founded by David Josephson in 1988, Josephson Engineering has been producing high-quality microphones with versatile features and attractive price tags for over 30 years. The brand got its start in San Jose and later moved to Santa Cruz, where they have been designing and manufacturing microphones ever since. We recently sat down with David Josephson to take a look behind the scenes at Josephson Engineering. Read on to discover the inspiration behind Josephson’s popular C725 condenser microphone, how the e22S was originally a custom creation for Steve Albini, and learn more about the brand new C705. Continue reading →
  7. The State Of Hybrid Mixing In 2020

    The State Of Hybrid Mixing In 2020
    Over the last few years, hybrid mixing has exploded in popularity. More and more engineers are making the switch to hybrid systems to utilize the best of both worlds, combining the unmistakable sound of analog recording equipment with the lightning-fast workflow of digital audio systems. New tools like the SSL Origin, Neve 8424, and Avid Pro Tools MTRX Studio are making it easier than ever for engineers to integrate their analog and digital workflows with versatile I/O, monitoring, and routing solutions. Whether you prefer the tactile response of a console or the familiar feel of a mouse and keyboard, these powerful tools are changing the way we mix. Continue reading →
  8. Improving Your Studio's Sound With Clean And Balanced Power

    Improving Your Studio's Sound With Clean And Balanced Power
    Clean power is essential to any recording or mixing studio. It can be the difference between professional-sounding records and noisy tracks riddled with hums, buzzes and other complications. But for those who just want to make music, learning the basics of power can seem complicated and overwhelming. So we reached out to electrical guru Arthur Kelm to answer some of your questions. Arthur Kelm is CEO of Ground One AV Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in power and grounding for professional recording facilities and high-end home installations. Arthur has overseen the electrical and grounding design for some of the world’s most iconic recording studios, including Capitol Records Studios, Warner/Chappell Music, and Sonoma Mountain Studio. Continue reading →
  9. Five Sounds With Tamar-kali

    Five Sounds With Tamar-kali
    Tamar-kali is an accomplished composer and performer, best known for her work on critically-acclaimed films such as The Assistant, The Last Thing He Wanted, and Shirley, all of which received high praise at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to her work as a film scorer, Tamar-kali also writes and performs with her rock band and her string sextet and voice project. We recently sat down with Tamar-kali for our Five Sounds With... series. Read on to learn about her approach to film scoring, her experiences recording a 16-person ensemble, and how she got her start in the New York punk scene. Continue reading →
  10. Make Your Mark With Bob Clearmountain

    Make Your Mark With Bob Clearmountain
    When it comes to legendary figures in the studio, it doesn't get any bigger than Bob Clearmountain. One look at his resume confirms this notion; Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, etc. It reads like the roster of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yet, throughout his journey, Bob has done it all and remained extremely humble. He's the same polite kid who began as a runner at Media Sound in New York, and fumbled his way into working on a Duke Ellington session on his first day. More on that in one second though... Continue reading →

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