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  1. Helping Musicians And Audio Professionals During The COVID-19 Crisis

    Helping Musicians And Audio Professionals During The COVID-19 Crisis
    The lifestyle changes brought on by COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) have truly transformed the gig-based economy that many musicians and audio professionals work within. From venues being closed and tours being canceled to budgets being slashed and recording projects being put on hold, there certainly has been a lot of bad news for the people in our industry. Despite it all, the events of the past few months have brought our community closer together than ever before. Whether you have a few extra bucks to spare or you're an artist, engineer, live crew member in need of support, we've put together a list of organizations that are here to help those that have been affected by the crisis. Continue reading →
  2. 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 →
  3. Five Sounds With Maria Elisa Ayerbe

    Five Sounds With Maria Elisa Ayerbe
    Maria Elisa Ayerbe is a Miami-based recording, mixing and post-production audio engineer who has worked with GRAMMY and Latin Grammy-nominated artists such as Mary J Blige, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, JLo and more. Maria was also recognized by the Latin Recording Academy with the Leading Ladies of Entertainment honor in 2019, for her outstanding performance as a professional and socially conscious woman within the arts and entertainment fields. We recently sat down with Maria for our Five Sounds With... series. Read on to learn about her approach to working with up-and-coming songwriters, her favorite technique for recording acoustic guitar, and how she recorded 120 drum tracks in one recording session. . Continue reading →
  4. Five Sounds With Vance Powell

    Five Sounds With Vance Powell
    In our new series, Five Sound With…, we talk with world-renowned engineers and producers about how they got some of the sounds on your favorite records. Vance Powell is a six-time Grammy Award-winning record producer, engineer, and mixer, whose impressive list of credits include everyone from rockers like Jack White to country crooners like Chris Stapleton to pop icons like Alicia Keys. Known for his creative and experimentative approach to engineering and producing, Vance currently works out of Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Vance about five records that he's worked on during his illustrious career. Check out our conversation below to learn more about his approach to tracking the first Dead Weather record, moonlighting for Radiohead while tracking Sturgill Simpson, and what it was like recording Chris Stapleton on the front lawn of the studio. Continue reading →
  5. The Mastering Engineer's Checklist For A Mix Engineer

    The Mastering Engineer's Checklist For A Mix Engineer
    Mastering is a mysterious and often misunderstood element of the record-making process. However, it’s also one of the most crucial. In an era when producers and engineers are working on songs from the very first note to the final mix, having a second set of ears to provide a professional opinion can be worth its weight in gold-plated cables. An essential element of success in collaborating with a mastering engineer is to prepare your sessions in the proper way. While it can be intimidating sending off your production to a mastering engineer the first time, the simple act of preparation will make for a good rapport with whoever you are working with and allow your tracks and albums to shine. Continue reading →
  6. 20 Questions With Miles Walker

    20 Questions With Miles Walker
    Miles Walker is a Grammy Award-winning engineer with countless hits and multi-platinum records sold worldwide. Best known for his work in hip-hop and pop, Walker has racked up credits with Top 40 heavyweights like Beyonce, Rhianna, Katy Perry, Usher, Lupe Fiasco, David Banner and many more. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Miles for our 20 Questions series. Read on to learn about the incredible story of how Miles moved to Atlanta with nothing but the clothes on his back, in order to follow his dreams of working in the music industry. He also breaks down his favorite plug-ins and outboard gear, serves up some of his best mixing tips, and dishes out some powerful advice for aspiring engineers. Continue reading →
  7. 20 Questions With Nick Breton

    20 Questions With Nick Breton
    Nick Breton is a world-class recording engineer, mixer, and producer who also happens to own Truth Studios. For over decade, Nick has been busy building his studio space and racking up credits with chart-topping artists such as SZA, Joey Bada$$, Dom Kennedy, Noname and many more. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Nick for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn about his go-to vocal chain, his most prized pieces of studio gear, and how he has cultivated a hip-hop scene out of his Los Angeles studio. Continue reading →
  8. VK Shootout: API 2500 vs. API 529 And Plug-In Emulations

    VK Shootout: API 2500 vs. API 529 And Plug-In Emulations
    Update March 2020: API Audio has announced an expanded 2500+ stereo bus compressor with updated features, including 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. Learn more here. Finding a stereo bus compressor that works for you is an important part of being a mix engineer. For many, the API 2500 has become the industry standard, as the discrete compressor offers you the ability to glue together mixes via two distinct styles of compression and add punch to the low end. API's 2500 features a dual-channel design that can be used individually for single-channel compression or paired together in tandem for stereo use. When it comes to the styles of compression, users are able to choose between “old” and “new.” Old style employs the “feed back” compression of the API 525, while the new style gives a “feed forward” compression feeding the side chain directly from the input. Continue reading →
  9. The Best Podcasts For Audio Engineers And Producers

    The Best Podcasts For Audio Engineers And Producers
    A great audio engineer understands the importance of learning their craft from the masters. Books and magazines have always been a great resource, but the explosion of podcasts on engineering, mixing, and mastering has made quality information more available than ever. In this blog, we’ll break down some of our favorite podcasts for audio engineers, including gear-driven tech talk, podcasts on how to run your own studio, and behind the scenes interviews with artists and producers. Continue reading →
  10. Buyer's Guide: Avid S4 and S1 Control Surfaces

    Buyer's Guide: Avid S4 and S1 Control Surfaces
    Earlier today at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee, pro audio giant Avid announced the release of the Avid S4 Control Surface and S1 Control Surface. These two new control surfaces streamline Avid’s best selling S6 and S3 control surfaces to offer a space-friendly option for medium to smaller sizes recording and mixing facilities. Continue reading our new Buyer's Guide below to get a complete breakdown of what you can expect from the Avid S4 and S1 control surfaces. If you'd like to speak with a Vintage King Audio Consultant about either Avid control surface or put in your pre-order now, please contact us via email or by phone at 866.644.0160 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.
I would recommend Vintage King to any one looking for top-class gear, unbeatable customer service and the best prices on the map!
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.
James O.