Mic Pre

  1. 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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. Retro Instruments Announces New 500 Series Mic Pre

    Retro Instruments Announces New 500 Series Mic Pre
    Retro Instruments has always been known for producing high-quality reproductions of vintage pieces of gear, including the Sta-Level compressor. This morning at AES 2019 in New York, owner Phil Moore introduced his latest release, the 500PRE, which brings a classic design to the 500 Series world. Equipped with three powerful 12AT7 tubes, the 500PRE oozes analog vibe. The new 500 Series module features class-leading frequency response, noise, and distortion, which deliver the same musical performance and pristine sound that Retro Instruments gear has always produced. Keep reading to discover what makes the new Retro Instruments 500PRE 500 Series microphone preamplifier a must-have for modern recording and mixing engineers. Continue reading →
  6. First Listen: Burl Audio B4 Mic Pre

    First Listen: Burl Audio B4 Mic Pre
    The Burl Audio B4 made its debut at the 2019 NAMM Show and in the time since the announcement, engineers have been dreaming about the expanded possibilities of the B80 and B16 Motherships with the daughter card. For those of you who have been anxiously waiting to add a mic pre card to your Mothership, the wait is finally over. The B4 is here! With the B4 mic pre daughter card, a number of I/O options and configurations open up for both the B80 and B16 Mothership. Since the B4 features four mic/line inputs on the card, an engineer using a single B80 Mothership chassis can create a system that features 40 input channels of audio mic/line inputs. Whether working in the studio or in the live sound setting, you now have access to a significant number of channels with Burl's signature warm, fat sounds. Continue reading →
  7. 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 →
  8. 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 →
  9. David Peach Talks The History Of Peach Audio And The Savannah 196sx

    David Peach Talks The History Of Peach Audio And The Savannah 196sx
    David Peach has been building high-end audio gear for over 35 years. His company, Peach Audio, is best known for their all-tube 196 series preamps, including the Savannah 196sx, which are all hand built in Australia. If you missed our new demo video of the Savannah 196sx, you can watch it by clicking here. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with David about what makes his preamps so special. Read on to learn about how David got his start making gear, his approach to design, and what new products he’s been working on. Continue reading →
  10. Buyer's Guide: 500 Series

    Buyer's Guide: 500 Series
    The 500 Series format is comprised of a whole slew of different signal processing modules in a compact rack unit. Mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, DI boxes, filters, effects... You name it, you can find it in a 500 Series version from a wide variety of manufacturers. Most of those manufacturers participate in the VPR Alliance, established to set standards for the format to ensure that the end user can rely on consistent specifications with regard to voltage, current draw, size, etc. along with proper compatibility with existing modules. The essence of this idea is to make it simple for the user to mix and match modules from different makers, thus allowing for the broadest range of implementation for their products. Continue reading →

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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.
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