Producer of the Year Paul Epworth on Adele, Cee Lo, Foster the People
When Paul Epworth co-wrote and produced “Rolling In The Deep” off Adele’s album, 21, little did he know he would accept the Producer, Song, Record, and Album of the Year awards. Learn about the all-UA signal chain behind Adele's vocals, and the unique production aesthetic he brings to his other hit projects.
Apollo Artist Sessions Vol. I: Fab Dupont & Liza Colby
In this Apollo Artist Session, watch and hear producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson) as he records Liza Colby's "Open Eyed" exclusively through the first generation Apollo FireWire audio interface with Realtime UAD Processing and a UA 4-710d Four-Channel Tone-Blending Mic Preamp.
Top 8 Mastering Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Even expert mastering engineers can only accomplish so much, and it’s largely dependent on the raw materials they’re given to work with. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top mistakes people make in preparing their mix for mastering, according to Pete Doell, a veteran engineer of Universal Mastering Studios West.
Rik Simpson on Producing Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto
Jay Z, PJ Harvey, Natalie Imbruglia, and Portishead are just some of the acts that Rik Simpson has engineered, produced, or mixed during his career. But the biggest name on Simpson’s résumé is undoubtedly Coldplay. Simpson (with two Grammys as a producer to his name) has worked on three of their albums, including their latest, Mylo Xyloto, which he co-produced, engineered, and helped mix.
Analog Tape Recording Basics
These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving a classic car, with ongoing maintenance, scarcity of parts, and exotic fuel (analog tape) that's expensive and hard to find. So while a handful of top studios still offer those classic spinning reels (and the engineers to maintain them), the good news for the rest of us is that there are now more convenient ways to achieve that classic magnetic sound.
1176 and LA-2A Hardware Revision History
We get occasional calls here at Universal Audio from people wanting to know what era some Universal Audio, UREI or Teletronix piece they bought on the vintage market dates from. So in this post, we're offering a complete revision history of two of our most popular reissues, the 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier and the Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier.
Understanding Audio Data Compression: MP3s, AACs, and more
Data compression schemes like MP3, FLAC, AAC, and other relatives have fundamentally changed music as we know it. Daniel Keller breaks down the different formats, and how data compression can change the music you make, and how you listen to it.
The Basics of Reverb
From Bill Putnam Sr.’s legendary United/Western echo chambers to modern digital units, artificial reverb is fundamental to modern recording. Learn how this remarkable effect came to be, and how its use — and abuse — can make or break your tracks.