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Throughout the history of recorded music, there have been countless pieces of gear that have continued to be looked to as essential tools for recording, mixing and mastering. In the hallowed halls of the Vintage King Pro Audio Hall of Fame, we honor these time-tested masterpieces with an in-depth look at their history, characteristics and lasting imprint on the music industry.
The Fairchild 660 and 670 are the grandaddies of all tube-based compressors, and have become immortal pieces of gear, due to their rarity, price, sophistication, and, above all, sound.
Teletronix LA-2A’s unique warmth and compression, especially on the human voice, has made it one of the most popular designs ever made.
The U47 is known for its richness of tone and full body that peaks at just the right frequencies for the human voice.
Once Telefunken stopped making the VF14 tube for Neumann, they began working with AKG and utilized the Austrian brand's C12 microphone as the basis for the ELA-M 250 and 251.
As one of the most famous overhead drum mics, the Coles 4038 has been used on countless recordings and is still made to the original specs from the 1950s.
A new look. A new sound. A new decade. These are all true of the 1960s and of the Neumann U60, but the microphone would become more famously known as the U67.
Urei/Universal Audio’s 1176 compressor/limiter was first introduced in 1968, as the solid state successor to the tube-base