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  1. Building Out A Basic Recording And Mix Room Within Your Budget

    Building Out A Basic Recording And Mix Room Within Your Budget
    The original version of this article appeared in the first issue of Vintage King's Playback. If you haven't subscribed digitally to our new magazine, you can do so right here. Here at Vintage King, we often get asked, “How do I build a studio for _____ amount of money?” This question is an interesting one, and we can certainly help you find an answer that fits within your budget. The starting point is most likely a question that you must ask yourself: “What is the goal for my studio?” In upcoming issues, we’ll be tackling how to build out several kinds of studios on a budget, but for the purposes of this article, we thought it best to start out with the essential gear needed for a basic recording and mix room. We’ll be covering three pieces of gear in particular: microphone, interface and monitors. Continue reading →
  2. Why Do Studios Use Multiple Sets Of Monitors?

    Why Do Studios Use Multiple Sets Of Monitors?
    When it comes to studio gear, engineers love experimenting with all kinds of microphones, mic pres, compressors, EQs and whatnot. The more flavors, the better. In terms of studio monitors, pro audio manufacturers strive to keep their designs sounding authentic as possible. This leads us to a common inquiry, “Why do I see so many pictures of studios with multiple sets of monitors? Doesn’t the engineer just pick the right set of monitors that works for them and do their thing?” Well, yes and no… First and foremost, yes, you do want to pick the right set of monitors that works for you. In a sense, speakers are a compass. We choose a set of speakers that we enjoy listening to and we learn them. How does our favorite music sound on them? How does the track you worked on last week sound? Last month? Last year? How do they sound when you turn them up vs. listening to them at a lower level? They become a window to how we hear what we’re working on vs. the rest of the world. Everyone has different opinions and preferences, but at the end of the day, you are the one that is going to spend countless hours in front of the speakers, so you want to pick something that you enjoy working on. Continue reading →
  3. Focal Announces New Monitor Line With Alpha 50 Evo and Alpha 65 Evo

    Focal Announces New Monitor Line With Alpha 50 Evo and Alpha 65 Evo
    In the past few years, the Focal Alpha range has garnered plenty of praise among music makers for its brilliant clarity and affordable price point. New for March 2021, Focal is bringing the Alpha series to the next point in its evolution with the introduction of the Alpha Evo series.­ Focal's Alpha 50 Evo ($349 per monitor) and Alpha 65 Evo ($449 per monitor) improve on the line's predecessors with a new cone, connectivity options and plenty more features. In this blog, we'll offer your first look at the monitors and break down what users can expect when unboxing them in their studio. Continue reading →
  4. Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit

    Carl Craig & Mesanovic Monitors: A Match Made In Detroit
    Detroit-based techno pioneer Carl Craig believes that to come out of the Motor City you need to be powerful. This statement not only applies to the town's musical exports, but to the pro audio creations being built here by the likes of Mesanovic. "I'm really proud of Deni [Mesanovic] for coming up with a great speaker," says Carl of the new Mesanovic RTM10 monitor. "I'm ready for his speaker to impact the world in the same way that Detroit music has impacted the world." Continue reading →
  5. Win A Pair Of Kali Audio IN-8 Studio Monitors From Vintage King

    Win A Pair Of Kali Audio IN-8 Studio Monitors From Vintage King
    Although Kali Audio was a new arrival to Vintage King in 2020, the California-based brand immediately became a fan favorite landing among our best selling monitors of the year. The brand's approach is simple. Create studio monitors at an affordable price that offer high-quality sound. A shining example of this is the IN-8 3-way powered monitor. The Kali Audio IN-8 borrows the powerful 8" woofer from the brand's Lone Pine LP-8 monitor and pairs it with a coaxial tweeter and midrange combo. This midrange section works like a tweeter waveguide, which makes for optimal clarity. By taking the pressure off the actual tweeter and woofer, the monitor's total harmonic distortion comes in at a low of 1.4%. Continue reading →
  6. Best Selling Studio Monitors of 2020

    Best Selling Studio Monitors of 2020
    Whenever the end of the year rolls around, we are inundated with Best Of lists. Best albums, best movies, best podcasts... You know the rest. But for many of us in the pro audio world, we want to know what other engineers, producers, and audio creators are using to make the sounds featured on these lists. So every December we start pulling together our own lists of best sellers by category based on what you, Vintage King's beloved customers, have been buying all year long. This year, we're kicking it off with the best selling studio monitors of 2020. Continue reading →
  7. Buyer's Guide: Focal Studio Monitors And Headphones

    Buyer's Guide: Focal Studio Monitors And Headphones
    For over 40 years, Focal has been one of the preeminent speaker brands in the world. They have delivered countless innovations for all different kinds of listening experiences from home audio speakers and headphones to car speaker drivers and studio monitors. Throughout this Buyer's Guide, we'll be covering the history of the brand and taking a look at their product offerings for the recording studio. No matter your set-up, Focal has something that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Continue reading →
  8. Barefoot Sound Follows Up Best Selling Monitor With Footprint02

    Barefoot Sound Follows Up Best Selling Monitor With Footprint02
    Just in time for the 2020 NAMM Show, Barefoot Sound has just announced the all-new Footprint02 active 3-way studio monitor. The new monitor uses much of the same technology and design as the best-selling Footprint01, but the Footprint02 is now the most compact and affordable [$1375/Single Monitor, $2750/Pair] offering to date from Barefoot Sound. Tailor-made for today’s evolving production workflows, the Footprint02 is ideal for recording engineers, producers, composers, songwriters, musicians and beat-makers. The Footprint02 features four precision-tuned drivers arranged in an active three-way configuration to deliver stunning sound quality, wide dynamic range, and smooth bass response. Continue reading →
  9. Best Selling Studio Monitors of 2019

    Best Selling Studio Monitors of 2019
    What a year it has been in the world of pro audio! When it comes to the way we listen to the projects we're working on, many of our customers stood by the speakers that have always gotten the job done. Thus, our list of the best selling studio monitors of 2019 is packed with staples that we know and love. Continue reading below to discover the top ten studio monitors that made our list, including speakers from brands like Barefoot Sound, ATC Loudspeakers, Focal, ADAM Audio, and many more. You'll get a breakdown of what makes each monitor special and gain more insight into why each cracked our bestseller list. Continue reading →
  10. Win A Pair Of White Neumann KH 80 DSP Studio Monitors From Vintage King Audio

    Win A Pair Of White Neumann KH 80 DSP Studio Monitors From Vintage King Audio
    It's the season of giving and Vintage King Audio is getting into the spirit! We've teamed up with our friends at Neumann to give one lucky winner a pair of beautiful white KH 80 DSP studio monitors. How do they become yours? Continue reading below.The Neumann KH 80 DSP is an incredible near-field monitor option for your studio. These monitors are compact-yet-powerful and live up to Neumann's design philosophy of "clearly defined dispersion angle, distortion-free design and sophisticated material selection." 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.
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