Artist Interviews

Spike Stent on Mixing Vocals with the UA 1176AE

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 27, 2009 11:12:11 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 11:15:11 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 11:12:11 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 11:16:11 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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Vance Powell, GRAMMY® Winner for Best Engineered Album

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on March 25, 2009 11:12:11 AM PDT

The GRAMMY® nominees in this year's Best Engineered Album category are not strangers to Universal Audio, Jimmy Douglass, Joe Chiccarelli, and Al Schmitt have all been interviewed in the Universal Audio webzine. Vance Powell accepted the award for The Raconteurs album, Consolers of the Lonely. Vance shared the award with Joe Chiccarelli and Jack White.

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"Gramination" With Bruce Swedien

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on January 21, 2009 11:14:11 AM PST

I recently had the pleasure of telling Bruce Swedien that UA is the recipient of the 2009 Technical GRAMMY® Award. “Isn't that great? Wouldn't Bill Sr, be happy?” he exclaimed. As you may recall, Bruce worked with Bill Putnam, Sr., in the early Chicago days, and is a close friend of Universal Audio. We recently modeled his classic Harrison console for the Harrison 32C plug-in.

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Producer Rik Simpson on Recording Coldplay

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on January 21, 2009 11:12:11 AM PST

It was a great treat to interview UK producer/engineer Rik Simpson on his use of UA gear with the band Coldplay. Coldplay’s latest album, Viva La Vida was one of the biggest records of 2008 and is nominated for seven GRAMMY® Awards, including one for Album of the Year. Rik is an extremely nice and generous guy and filled us in on how to get that incredible sound.

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John Nowland — Neil Young’s Longtime Engineer

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on December 24, 2008 11:15:11 AM PST

This month I spoke to John Nowland, Neil Young’s longtime engineer and big Universal Audio fan. John brought Neil’s vintage green 610 console over to Universal Audio recently, and we enjoyed hearing about working for Neil out at The Ranch.

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Cian Ciarán of Super Furry Animals Muses on the Moog Multimode Filter from Across the Pond

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on December 24, 2008 11:12:11 AM PST

This month I interviewed Cian Ciarán [kee-AHN kir-ON], keyboard player and sound sculptor for the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, about his use of the UAD-1 and UAD-2. Super Furry Animals was formed in the mid-nineties and has released eight major studio albums and numerous singles and remixes. The “Furries'” sound is often described as psychedelic rock with electronic experimentation.

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