About Us

About Us2019-04-30T15:59:31+00:00

Vanguard Audio Labs was created with one goal – to give you great affordable tools so you can make great music.

In the past, members of our design team have created studio microphones and monitors that are used by world-renowned artists, engineers, and producers (including Taylor Swift, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant, Randy Bachman, Buddy Miller, Nathan Chapman, Ray Kennedy, Lady Antebellum and many others…)

We’re lucky to be doing what we love – designing and building great, affordable recording tools. Although Vanguard Audio Labs is a new creative venture, our core team has over a century of combined experience in the music industry. Every one of us is an engineer, musician, producer, and lover of all things audio. Early in our careers, each of us has been frustrated by the desire to own better recording tools… but the really great microphones were overwhelmingly expensive. We started Vanguard Audio Labs to help you make music, and to bring your music to life by building superb products that won’t break your bank account.

Derek Bargaehr
Derek BargaehrChief Everything Officer
Derek began burning himself with a soldering iron and messing up his guitar pedals at the age of 15, eventually working as Director of Operations for a successful microphone company for several years. A freelancing engineer, producer, gear tech, and bassist, Derek received a BA in Commercial Music – Audio Engineering & Music Business from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

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Ken Avant
Ken AvantCo-Founder, Chief Designer
With 50 years experience in the music industry, including decades as a musician, engineer/producer and gear consultant/designer, Ken brings a unique level of understanding of the needs of creative musicians and gear enthusiasts. As the founder and creator of the Avantone line of studio products, he achieved worldwide success and retired from the company in 2010. Derek and Glen convinced Ken to come out of retirement to join them in launching Vanguard Audio labs as a vehicle to pursue his product visions. Always passionate about achieving a blend of amazing tone, elegant designs and exceptional performance at truly affordable prices, he shapes the new Vanguard line to hold these attributes as the core of all our gear.
Rest in Peace - Glen Heffner
Rest in Peace - Glen HeffnerDirector of Global Sales & Marketing
We deeply mourn the loss of Glen Heffner, our dear friend, on 8/8/2016.
Known for his honesty and hard work, Glen manages to be both professional and personal with everyone he meets. Since earning a BM in Piano Performance & Music Education, Glen has made his name as a producer, engineer, artist, musician, distributor/dealer, and of course as a sales professional with three decades of full-time reptitude. He will go above and beyond the call of duty for each and every one of our distributors, dealers, and customers.
Rest In Peace - Marty Druckman
Rest In Peace - Marty DruckmanNorth American Sales Director
As our North American Sales Director, Marty speaks passionately from his wealth of experience in the industry as a writer, producer, and engineer with a life-long love for music. Marty’s studio team won 2 Grammy Awards for his engineering work with the Phil Woods Quartet, and several of Marty’s songs have been covered by Atlantic Records artists. Full of tales and wisdom from a lifetime of music-making, he is a long-time veteran in the Pro Audio industry who has represented and distributed great gear from companies including Sandhill, Brauner, Focusrite, KRK, SPL, Audeze, and Brainworx.