Category: Featured Gear of the Month

The Vocoder

Where do I begin with my love for the vocoder? Let me explain by first sharing a little bit of the history around the invention of this electronic device that ended up giving us so so much amazing music. The vocoder was designed in the 1930’s as a way to encrypt data transmissions of the… Read more »

RCA 74B Jr. Velocity Ribbon Mic

This RCA (Radio Corporation of America) 74B microphone, commonly referred to as the “Junior Velocity” has rapidly become one of our favorite ribbon mics to use in our collection. This particular model, introduced in 1935 and produced through the 1950s, was designed as a cheaper alternative to the more widely used 44. As with all ribbon mics… Read more »

Moog Theremin

The Theremin (or as it was originally called Thereminophone or Thereminvox) was one of the earliest electronic instruments of the 20th century. Its inventor, a Russian by the name of Lev Sergeyevich Termen (we know him in the west as Leon Theremin), designed the theremin in 1920. This device was a Soviet-sponsored research project that was designed… Read more »