Artist Interviews

Rik Simpson on Producing Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto

Posted by Mike Levine on October 17, 2011 10:02:13 PM PDT

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.

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Phil Tan, the Quiet Master of Hip-Hop and R&B Production

Posted by Erik Hanson on September 21, 2011 11:00:41 PM PDT

With more than 24 number one Billboard Hot 100 hits, 3 Grammys®, and nearly 300 album credits, there are few modern engineers that can touch Phil Tan’s recent track record. With true pop anthems like Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”, Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot”, Fergie’s “London Bridge”, and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” under his belt, perhaps more remarkable is Phil’s gracious, curious, and almost zen-like nature.

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Producer Tucker Martine on My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and UA Gear

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on August 11, 2011 11:34:58 PM PDT

GRAMMY®-nominee Tucker Martine' produces, engineers, and mixes a variety of talent in the indie, folk, blues, and alternative rock scenes. Marsha Vdovin takes a moment to speak with Tucker on how he incorporated UA gear into two new albums –– The Decemberists' The King Is Dead, and My Morning Jacket's Circuital.

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Phish Engineer Ben Collette - On the Road with the UAD-2 Satellite

Posted by Dan Fulop on August 9, 2011 10:50:01 PM PDT

Known best for their eclectic musical style, and extended onstage jamming, Phish is legendary for their live performances and elaborate, hand-crafted festivals. We take a moment with Phish engineer Ben Collette to hear how UAD plug-ins fit into the mixing and mastering of their live performances, and their latest audio/visual installation.

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Thievery Corporation's Chris “Stone” Garrett on UAD Plug-Ins and Their New Album

Posted by Mike Levine on July 20, 2011 11:15:31 PM PDT

Thievery Corporation’s longtime secret weapon, Christopher “Stone” Garrett, started off selling recording gear to the band, and quickly became their chief mixer and engineer, a position he's held for more than 10 years. Garrett says Universal Audio analog gear and UAD plug-ins played a huge role in the production of the band’s latest effort.

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The Glitch Mob on Production, Performance, and UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Posted by Mike Levine on June 17, 2011 8:53:40 PM PDT

The production wizards behind The Glitch Mob -- Ed Ma, Justin Boreta, and Josh Mayer -- depend heavily on analog-processor emulations from Universal Audio’s UAD-2 collection to create unique sounds and warm up their digital sound sources.

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Jacknife Lee with R.E.M., Snow Patrol, U2, and UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 16, 2011 6:46:28 PM PDT

An Irish musician, remixer, producer, and engineer, Jacknife Lee has worked with legendary rock bands such as U2 and R.E.M., and beloved indie music acts such as Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, and Crystal Castles. We took a moment to retrace his path from musician to engineer, and hear how his UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins rig and UA Classic analog gear helped him produce R.E.M.'s latest, Collapse Into Now.

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Producer Peter Katis on The National, Jonsi, and Universal Audio Analog Hardware

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on April 25, 2011 8:01:30 PM PDT

Peter Katis is one of the hottest audio alchemists on the planet, producing and mixing celebrated records by The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit, Mates of State, and Tokyo Police Club. He has spent much of the past year co-producing The National's acclaimed High Violet, and crafting the debut solo album, Go, for Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós fame.

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Legendary Mix Engineer Michael Brauer Talks with Universal Audio

Posted by Jon Regen on March 19, 2011 11:11:11 AM PDT

Michael Brauer has enjoyed an illustrious 30-year music career, mixing chart-topping albums by renowned artists including Coldplay, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. Last month he nabbed the coveted Best Engineered Album Grammy Award for his work on John Mayer’s Battle Studies.

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