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  1. Vintage King Workflow: Needlz

    Vintage King Workflow: Needlz
    For Needlz, the creation of music has always centered on finding new sounds that intrigue him. Whether by way of a snare hit, synth melody or sample, the world has provided plenty of inspiration for the Atlanta-based music maker. He's written and produced multi-million-selling records for the likes of Bruno Mars, Cardi B, G-Unit, Lupe Fiasco, and countless others. In order to capture his song sketches in the moment and turn them into hits, Needlz has relied on Universal Audio's Apollo audio interface series for as long as he can remember. "I started with the silver one and I've gotten each new version since," Needlz says from the confines of Dry Rain Studio. "Now I've got two Apollo x16s in my set-up, which gives me 32 channels to work with." Continue reading →
  2. Buyer's Guide: Antelope Audio Interfaces

    Buyer's Guide: Antelope Audio Interfaces
    For many years, Antelope Audio has been best known in the pro audio community for the outstanding features and sound quality of their Master Clocks like the 10MX. Thanks to Antelope Audio's Founder and Lead Engineer Igor Levin’s decades of circuit design experience across a broad range of industries, the brand's product range has opened up to include audio interfaces, modeling microphones and software. When it comes to designing Antelope Audio's technology, Igor's approach to his work is characterized by a willingness to take unusual, innovative approaches in order to achieve exceptional results. With each new design, Igor and his team strive to balance the clarity and fidelity of digital with the warmth and life of analog audio. Continue reading →
  3. Universal Audio Launches New UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

    Universal Audio Launches New UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3
    Universal Audio has announced that next-generation connectivity for the brand's powerhouse DSP accelerator is here! The new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 QUAD and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO will now be available to add processing power to your rig via Thunderbolt 3 connection. Not only do the new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 QUAD and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO offer you the ability to run plug-ins via Thunderbolt 3, but the accelerators also offer backward compatibility with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 devices. You also instantly get access to Universal Audio's Analog Classics Plus bundle, which features many of the brand's classic plug-ins from Neve, Pultec, Fairchild, and more. Continue reading →
  4. The Hottest Plug-Ins And Software of 2019 (So Far)

    The Hottest Plug-Ins And Software of 2019 (So Far)
    It’s hard to believe that we’re already over halfway through 2019. So far, it’s been a huge year for groundbreaking creative software and plug-ins. From analog emulations with unprecedented accuracy to innovative new plug-ins, there’s never been a better time to mix in-the-box. In this blog, we’re breaking down some of the hottest plug-ins released so far this year. Continue reading →
  5. VK Shootout: Urei/Universal Audio 1176 Compressor vs. Reproductions, Plug-Ins, and Pedals

    VK Shootout: Urei/Universal Audio 1176 Compressor vs. Reproductions, Plug-Ins, and Pedals
    The Urei/Universal Audio 1176 is an icon in the recording studio and has had a profound influence on modern gear makers. So it's no surprise that many companies have sought to remake and add to the 1176 since it was first released in 1967. How do these 1176-influenced compressors compare to the original? That's what we set out to find in our latest shootout. While there are many different 1176 emulations out there, we gathered a small group of gear, including reproductions, plug-ins, and pedals to take to The 45 Factory. This could have been an all rackmount compressor shootout, but we decided to offer up a variety of options at different price points. The list of gear in the shootout includes a vintage Urei 1176 Rev D, Universal Audio's modern 1176 LN reproduction, Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe, Origin Effects Cali76 Stacked, Universal Audio 1176LN plug-in, and Avid Pro Tools BF76 plug-in. Continue reading →
  6. Buyer's Guide: Audio Plugins

    Buyer's Guide: Audio Plugins
    No matter your personal preference, the world of pro audio has continued to move towards digital. Tape machines have transitioned to DAWs, analog consoles have slimmed down to control surfaces, and CDs have been replaced by streaming services. With little more than a laptop, you can create music that would have taken a team of professionals over a week in a world-class studio just 30 years ago, all thanks to the magic of audio plugins. Plugins are kind of like apps for your DAW. Each plugin serves a specific purpose for making your recordings sound better, like equalization, compression, reverb, delay, and more. Simply load the desired plugin on a specific channel (like the kick drum, the guitar track, or the lead vocal) to change the sound of that instrument. Continue reading →
  7. First Listen: Antelope Audio Orion 32 HD Gen 3 and 10MX Atomic Clock

    First Listen: Antelope Audio Orion 32 HD Gen 3 and 10MX Atomic Clock
    Antelope Audio has been extremely busy as of late. The company launched the succesful Edge and Verge modeling mic series and has followed that up with a reworking of many of its interfaces. At the 2019 NAMM Show, we were introduced to the third generation of the Orion 32+ and Orion 32 HD. Both of these interfaces have seen significant upgrades with new mastering-grade converters, an improved dynamic range, and spruced up faceplates. With the recent release of these upgraded Orion interfaces, we wanted to hit the studio and use the Orion 32 HD to record and mix a song. This powerful tool offers 64 channels of audio via USB 3.0 or Avid’s MiniDigilink connectors, and provides access to Antelope’s FPGA effects platform. These plug-ins include a wide variety of classic emulations and impressive tools, including 35 EQs, compressors, reverbs, and more, for real-time effects processing. Continue reading →
  8. Replicating Plate Reverb With Plug-Ins, Pedals And Outboard Gear

    Replicating Plate Reverb With Plug-Ins, Pedals And Outboard Gear
    A few weeks back, we posted a new VK Shootout featuring a vintage EMT 140 plate reverb going up against some popular emulations. People were digging the shootout so much that we decided to do another blog that expands on other ways to get plate reverb sounds in the studio and during live performances. Since the release of the original EMT 140, the options for getting plate reverb sounds have gotten way smaller. Sure... Being smaller than a 600-pound metal structure isn't super hard, but we're talking much smaller, like nearly as small as the palm of your hand. Continue reading →
  9. VK Shootout: Vintage EMT 140 Plate Reverb vs. Reverb Plug-Ins

    VK Shootout: Vintage EMT 140 Plate Reverb vs. Reverb Plug-Ins
    In the early years of the recording studio, engineers had to rely on microphone placement and echo chambers to get the reverb that they desired for certain tracks. This all would change when the German company EMT built the first artificial reverb unit in 1957.  Dubbed the EMT 140, this plate reverb would go onto become one of the most revered and often copied sounds in audio history. What exactly is the EMT 140 Plate Reverb? While the unit itself is pretty massive, the concept of how it works is pretty simple. A steel frame holds a large thin piece of sheet metal via springs attached to each corner of the outer structure. At the center of the piece of sheet metal,  there is a transducer, which gets a signal from the studio's control room. The transducer vibrates the sheet metal and two pickups mounted to the plate pick up the resulting vibrations. The EMT 140 also features a dampener that allows you to dial in decay time. 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.
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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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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.
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