Vintage King Blog

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  • Meet The New V Kick And V Beat Drum Mics From sE Electronics

  • The 2019 NAMM Show Is Coming And We Have You Covered

    If there is one thing that engineers, producers and musicians love talking about more than anything, it's the announcement and release of new gear. It's another chance to perfect our tone, find the answer to workflow issues and achieve what we've been dreaming about. That's what makes the week of the NAMM Show one of the most exciting times of the year. Anything seems possible!

    Once again, the 2019 NAMM Show is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center from Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, January 27th. Over 100,000 attendees will walk the convention center floor to check out the latest and greatest gear from hundreds of different pro audio and music equipment brands. . Continue reading

  • Burl Audio Introduces New Mothership Cards For NAMM 2019

    Burl Audio is known for their innovative Mothership, a modular AD/DA audio interface equipped with swappable “daughter cards.” Ahead of the upcoming 2019 NAMM Show, Burl has announced the release of two new daughter cards, the B4 Mic Pre and BDA4m.

    While Burl has expertly created the Mothership to be adaptable to any studio's workflow, the true brilliance lies in the sound. Each daughter card offers an all-discrete, Class-A signal path with transformers and custom op-amps for analog-esque tone in the digital domain. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Delivers A Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console To Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio B

    Now operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA Studio B in Nashville is open for visitors to explore where their favorite records were made. The hallowed halls of the famous Music City studio have seen just about every legend pass through, including Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and the King himself, Elvis Presley.

    “Terry Blackwood of the Imperials asked Elvis how to knock a gun out of somebody's hand if they were trying to rob you,” says RCA Studio B Assistant Studio Manager Johnny Gentile. “So they found a pistol in the studio and held it towards Elvis. Elvis karate kicked the pistol out of the person’s hand and it went flying across the room. The barrel of the pistol went straight through the back of session guitarist Chip Young’s acoustic guitar.” Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Recording Console

    Taking numerical inspiration from his last console design, the Neve 8088, Rupert Neve has carried on his legacy of pure Class A design with the creation of the Rupert Neve Designs 5088 recording console. All the musicality and sophistication of the 8088 has been brought into the 21st century, refined and updated for today’s modern studio.

    Aside from the improved components and circuitry, the key refinement is the totally modular nature of the console. You can have a 5088 built to your exact needs, including everything you want and nothing you don’t. Take the best of what Rupert Neve Designs has to offer, and make the most of your studio. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Sontec MEP-250A Parametric Equalizer

    Things have been busy lately in the Vintage King Tech Shop and one of our first projects of 2019 has been this vintage Sontec MEP-250A. Technician Justin Weiss has been giving this beloved stereo 5-band equalizer some much needed care, both internally and externally.

    To call the Sontec MEP-250A a "classic" is an understatement. It's actually a descendant of the first parametric equalizer (ITI ME-230), which was designed by Burgess Macneal and George Massenburg. After ITI went out of business, Burgess Macneal bought the rights to the equalizer and formed a new brand, Sontec. Continue reading

  • Buyer's Guide: Equalizers

    The letters EQ have become such a mainstay in the studio that we often don't think about where the abbreviation came from. It's essentially shorthand for "equalization" and "equalizer." It’s also helpful to think of them as symbols for "Enhancing Quality," as equalizers have certainly had a hand in improving audio over the years.

    Throughout this Buyer's Guide, we will be approaching the subject of equalizers and learning more about their history and impact on the modern-day studio. Additionally, we will be covering the different types of equalizers, what makes them unique and the controls featured on most EQs. Continue reading

  • VK Shootout: Peluso Microphone Lab P-414 v.s. Vintage AKG C 414

    During AES 2018, the Peluso Microphone Lab announced that they would be launching a new take on a classic microphone. The P-414 from Peluso takes direct inspiration from AKG's beloved studio workhorse, the C 414.

    Not just any C 414 though, as Peluso looked to the C 414 EB from 1976 as a guiding light during their design process. This new version of the microphone uses the same brass dual-backplate edge-terminated 34 mm capsule as the original EB model. In addition, the brass grille and body have also been brought over for maximum durability.  Continue reading

  • Best Selling Audio Interfaces Of 2018

    Over the course of the past few weeks, we've delved into some of the top selling items from last year in categories like microphones, monitors and outboard gear. We're starting off 2019 on the Vintage King blog with one more look back at the Best Selling Audio Interfaces of 2018.

    With the studio scene constantly evolving, audio interfaces have enabled a wide range of music creators to make better recordings in all types of settings. Discover what interfaces topped our list (plus a few honorable mentions) and find out more about these innovative tools if you're looking to pick one up in 2019. Continue reading

  • Best Selling Microphones Of 2018

    The ball is about to drop on 2019 and leave the last year behind in the history books. New year, new me... New microphones? If you said "Yes," we couldn't agree more as there has never been a better crop of mics at Vintage King. 

    Continue on below to discover the Best Selling Microphones Of 2018 and find out what the rest of the pro audio community has been buying. From tried and true workhorse mics to revolutionary new designs, these are the most popular mics of the past year. Continue reading

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