Artist Interviews

Producer Just Blaze Hip-Hop Producer Just Blaze Fans the Flames with the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on August 26, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

Justin Smith, aka Just Blaze, was spinning records in clubs when he was just fourteen years old. Now he produces Platinum-selling mega-hits for stars such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Saigon and Kanye West. Smith's unique style and technique are identifiable through his clever manipulation of sample speed, handcrafted drumbeats, and penchant for horn stabs.

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Ed Cherney: A UA Favorite Shares His Secrets on the Art of Engineering, and Making the New Spinal Tap Record

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on July 22, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is one of funniest people you could ever meet. He’s also one of the most talented. For those who don’t already know, Cherney is one of the great rock engineers of all time, with credits that include the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and now, Spinal Tap.

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Joe Sidore: A Key Staff Engineer at United/Western in the 1960s — Part Three

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on June 24, 2009 4:14:11 AM PDT
How do you remember so much? It's amazing.

I don't know. It just comes to me. It’s hard to forget the times that have meant so much, and were so much a part of my future. It’s where I came from. There was nothing like it. I tell you, that was a great era. A very amazing time, and it's gone, and it'll never be that way again. But I'm so glad to have been there, and experienced it, and I'll savor those moments for the rest of my life.

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Elliot Mazer: A Master Producer Combines the Best of Analog and Digital — Including the New UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on June 24, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

Elliot Mazer is the man responsible for the sound of some of the most beloved classic rock records of all time, including Janis Joplin’s In Concert (live album), and Harvest and Decade by Neil Young. Mazer is a master of analog recording, yet has also embraced digital technology to get the best of both worlds. Employing Universal Audio founder Bill Putnam’s recording equipment since 1968–when he first used the classic 610 preamps.

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Joe Sidore: A Key Staff Engineer at United/Western in the 1960s — Part Two

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 27, 2009 4:15:11 AM PDT

I’m pleased this month to present Part Two of my interview with the wonderful and generous Joe Sidore along with some of the amazing photos that he took during his years at Bill Putnam’s United/Western Studios in the 1960s.

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Spike Stent on Mixing Vocals with the UA 1176AE

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 27, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

Spike Stent is one of the industry’s most sought-after mixers, having carved the sonic landscapes of Beyonce, Madonna, Lily Allen, Goldfrapp and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in past year alone. It is said that he is redefining the art of the mix, as Bob Clearmountan did in the eighties. I caught up with Spike Stent in Los Angeles, where he and his family are currently living.

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Joe Sidore: A Key Staff Engineer at United/Western in the 1960s — Part One

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on April 22, 2009 4:15:11 AM PDT

My good buddy Will Shanks, UA Product Manager, recently introduced me to Joe Sidore. With fifty-plus years as a recording engineer, Joe is a fountain of great stories. There was so much to talk about I decided to split the interview into three parts.

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David Isaac Jazzes Up His Mixes With the UAD

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on April 22, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

David Isaac is a three-time GRAMMY®-winning producer and engineer. Born in Detroit, David has spent three decades burning up the R&B and Jazz charts as both an engineer and musician. An avid UAD-1 and UAD-2 user, David took the time to discuss his recent GRAMMY®-nominated collaboration, Marcus, with jazz bassist Marcus Miller. And he couldn’t be a nicer guy.

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Niko Bolas and his Vintage 610 Console on the Wall

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on March 25, 2009 4:16:11 AM PDT

There was so much interest in the vintage 610 console that we featured in December that I thought I would track down some others. This month’s featured artist, Vance Powell, clued me in to the 610 that Niko Bolas keeps at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Niko is an extremely accomplished engineer and producer who is best known for his work with Melissa Etheridge, Warren Zevon, and Neil Young.

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