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  1. H2 Audio Revives Classic Helios Designs For 500 Series

    H2 Audio Revives Classic Helios Designs For 500 Series
    Helios fans rejoice! After a sneak preview at the 2020 NAMM Show, the pro audio world is now getting its formal introduction to the new H2 Audio line. Led by Grammy-award winning producer/Acme Audio owner Al Sutton and Q2 Audio's Tim Mead, H2 Audio is reviving many of Dick Swettenham's classic console designs for the 500 Series format. For those unfamiliar with Helios, Dick Swettenham was a maintenance engineer at EMI Abbey Road Studios in the early 1950s before moving onto Olympic Sound Studios in 1958. The engineer would start the Helios brand in 1969 and go on to create the "Type 69" console, a desk used by everyone from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Bob Marley and Black Sabbath. Continue reading →
  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. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. 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 →
  6. Buyer's Guide: Focusrite Pro

    Buyer's Guide: Focusrite Pro
    Since it was started by Rupert Neve in 1985, Focusrite has spent over three decades creating essential tools for music creators. That legacy lives on today, as the brand continues to evolve its interface offerings for different kinds of recording studios. Focusrite Pro has played a pivotal role in this evolution. Focusrite Pro has added four new products to its lineup today, including the RedNet R1 desktop remote controller, Red 8LINE interface, and newly updated versions of the RedNet D16R MkII and RedNet A16R MkII interfaces. In this Buyer’s Guide, we’ll breakdown this new gear and explain the differences between each line of Focusrite Pro solutions. Before we get too far into the tech behind these groundbreaking designs, let’s talk a little about the start of Focusrite and how Focusrite Pro came to be a part of the company. Let's go back to the 1980s! Continue reading →
  7. API Audio's 312 Mic Pre Is Back!

    API Audio's 312 Mic Pre Is Back!
    API Audio has always been synonymous with large sounding American rock records that have lots of analog warmth. One of the key elements of that sound is the API 312 mic pre, which API has just announced is coming back to regular production in 2020. In celebration of API's 50th anniversary, the brand released a limited edition hand-wired version of the 312 in 2019. The new version of the famed preamp announced today is a standard production version that costs $795 and offers the same classic API sound in a 500 Series format. Continue reading →
  8. AMS Neve Launches 1073OPX With Eight Remote Controlled 1073 Mic Pres

    AMS Neve Launches 1073OPX With Eight Remote Controlled 1073 Mic Pres
    The Neve 1073 is one of the most legendary mic preamps in recording history and has been available in just about every format possible. AMS Neve has just announced that the brand is once again changing the name of the 1073 game by introducing the new 1073OPX octal microphone/line/instrument preamplifier. What's going on with the 1073OPX that makes it so impressive? We're talking about a 2U 19" rackmount unit, which features eight 1073 preamps with Marinair transformers that can be controlled via remote control. It gets even better! The 1073OPX has a digital card option that offers 192kHz/24Bit conversion for USB and Dante network connections. Continue reading →
  9. Fresh Listen: Shadow Hills Industries The Equinox

    Fresh Listen: Shadow Hills Industries The Equinox
    The Equinox from Shadow Hills Industries has been around for a number of years, but often gets overlooked in terms of the sheer amount of tools it can bring to a session. The 2U rackmount unit can be looked at as a complete small-scale recording console with mic pres, summing buss, and monitoring section. The mic pre portion of The Equinox features two of Shadow Hill's signature GAMA mic pres, which offer 60dB of gain, 24 position stepped attenuators, phantom power, and 1/4" DI input. Where these mic pres truly shine though is the switchable output transformers in the amplifier section. Continue reading →
  10. First Listen: Retro Instruments 500PRE

    First Listen: Retro Instruments 500PRE
    When Retro Instruments first announced the brand's new 500PRE ($799), we knew we were in love before we ever even heard it. After all, what's not to love about bringing the Sta-Level design to the 500 Series world and packing three tubes into that compact module. Little did we know, we had something to do with the inspiration for it. "It was inspired by the Vintage King April Fools’ Day post on the 500 Series Fairchild 670," says Retro Instruments Owner/Designer Phil Moore. "“The performance of the 500PRE exceeded my expectations. It’s based on professional tube console program amplifiers from the era of the Sta-Level and 176. It’s got 75 dB of gain and no compromises." Continue reading →

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I would like to thank VK for the wonderful sales assistance, service and prices. This was my first purchase with you and it won't be my last. I only wish I'd discovered you years ago!
Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
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.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
Noa L.
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!
Robby T.
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Jake D.
My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Michael D.
From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
Thomas W.
I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
Rob M.
Thanks for your great service and getting this out today. You guys really are the Kings!
Alan B.
Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
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