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  1. Studio Spotlight: Golden Bear Records

    Studio Spotlight: Golden Bear Records
    Based out of Des Moines, Iowa, Golden Bear Records is a recording studio and record label run by Bryan and Sarah Vanderpool. The duo found acclaim with their folk-pop band, The Well Pennies, before moving to the Midwest from Los Angeles to start Golden Bear. We recently sat down with Bryan to talk a bit about Golden Bear for our new Studio Spotlight series. Continue reading below to find out about the history of the studio, his experience in the industry and the gear he relies on for every session. Continue reading →
  2. Make Your Mark With Adrian Younge

    Make Your Mark With Adrian Younge
    In 2020, Vintage King visited Linear Labs, the recording home of accomplished composer, arranger and producer Adrian Younge. We sat down for a conversation with Adrian and talked about how he got his start in music, why he prefers analog gear and the way he seamlessly blends so many different genres together. Watch our new Make Your Mark starring Adrian below and continue on afterward to read the cover story from Vintage King's new print magazine, PLAYBACK. Limited edition magazines are available at Vintage King Los Angeles and Vintage King Nashville while they last, but you can subscribe digitally here and get a copy of each issue sent directly to your Inbox. Enjoy! Continue reading →
  3. Behind The Gear: Traverse Analogue

    Behind The Gear: Traverse Analogue
    In a short period of time, Julian Traverse has made a name for himself around the world with the brilliant Traverse Analogue 652 dual-channel mic preamp. Traverse Analogue's reputation is staked on boutique-level craftsmanship and the 652's tube-based circuitry, which lights up any source passing through it with plenty of rich harmonic content. We recently sat down to talk with Julian about the company, his journey into pro audio, his mentors, and more. Watch our demo of the Traverse Analogue 652 below and continue on after to read our full Behind The Gear conversation. Continue reading →
  4. 20 Questions With Erin Tonkon

    20 Questions With Erin Tonkon
    Erin Tonkon broke into the world of engineering at a young age and started learning under the best at NYU's Clive Davis Insitute of Recorded Music. During her studies, the budding engineer began working with production legend Tony Visconti. Over the course of six years, Erin would work side-by-side with Tony, including handling the engineering duties for David Bowie's final record, Blackstar, in addition to releases from Esperanza Spalding and The Damned. In recent years, Erin has continued to amass an incredible discography of work, including mixing albums for Sad13, Richard Hell, Rosie Tucker, Lady Lamb and more. She is also the co-founder of a new company that is trying to revive the New York City music scene post-pandemic by bringing together musicians, producers, multiple studios and a new live venue. Continue reading →
  5. The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan

    The Making Of Suite For Max Brown With Jeff Parker And Paul Bryan
    Whether he’s expanding minds in post-rock legends Tortoise, reimagining Sheryl Crow (yes, that Sheryl Crow!) with saxophonist Joshua Redman, or chopping up work on the spot with drummer Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker has a natural feel for sounds that captivate. A significant force in the Chicago experimental and jazz scene, presently based out of California, his genre-defying work challenges listeners to think and feel beyond categories. Parker is a supremely prolific sideman and studio collaborator, but he also happens to have several solo records under his belt too. Today we’re digging into his latest, last year’s Suite for Max Brown, an informal companion to his previous record, The New Breed, which was honored by London's Observer as the best jazz album of 2016. Continue reading →
  6. 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 →
  7. 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 →
  8. 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 →
  9. 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 →
  10. 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 →

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