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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: Kali Audio Studio Monitors

    Buyer's Guide: Kali Audio Studio Monitors
    Kali Audio makes professional loudspeakers and accessories that offer class-leading sound at affordable prices. Founded in 2018, the brand quickly made a name for themselves with their popular LP Series speakers, and have since released a number of innovative products that fit into any budget. In this Buyer’s Guide, we’ll be breaking down the differences between Kali Audio's different monitor series and explaining the technology used. Continue on to learn more about the LP Series monitors, the IN-8 and IN-5, the WS-12 subwoofer and the Kali MV-BT Bluetooth monitor controller. Continue reading →
  8. Mesanovic Introduces New Monitors And Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic

    Mesanovic Introduces New Monitors And Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic
    Over the course of the past few years, Deni Mesanovic and the Mesanovic brand have become known for making some of the best ribbon microphones in pro audio. Mics like the Model 2, Model 2S, and Model 2A, give engineers a wide range of ribbons to select from, no matter whether they're looking for active, passive, or stereo options. This week, Mesanovic has announced several new exciting pieces of gear that have been added to their product line. Not only has Mesanovic created its first small diaphragm condenser microphone named the SC1, but they've also introduced a new studio monitor and ISO platforms. Continue on below to learn more about each of these creations from Mesanovic. Continue reading →
  9. Buyer's Guide: Amphion Loudspeakers

    Buyer's Guide: Amphion Loudspeakers
    Handmade in Finland, Amphion Loudspeakers are known for their honest and accurate sound reproduction. With precision-engineered drivers and state-of-the-art technology, Amphion's monitors deliver world-class imaging and phase coherency in any environment. But with five passive loudspeaker models and two bass extension systems to choose from, it can be tough to tell which setup is right for your studio. That’s why we put together this handy Buyer’s Guide to help you find the right pair of Amphion Loudspeakers for your studio. Continue reading →
  10. Buyer's Guide: Ex Machina Monitors

    Buyer's Guide: Ex Machina Monitors
    As new players in the studio monitor game, Brooklyn-based Ex Machina has made waves by making some staggering choices with its designs. The brand has come out swinging for the fences and, after listening to these two current releases, it's obvious these decisions have worked for the best. Ex Machina made its big debut at NAMM 2020 with two monitor offerings for different sized studio spaces. Continue on in this Buyer's Guide to learn more about the brand's technology and these ultra-clear, transparent and focused studio monitors. 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.
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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!
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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.
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