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UA's Art and Science of Modeling UAD Plug-Ins, Part 2August 21, 2012 6:55:48 PM PDT
Get deep with UA’s Chief Scientist and Consulting Professor at Stanford University's CCRMA, Dr. Dave Berners, and Software Product Manager Will Shanks about the mathematical processes and methods used to create Universal Audio’s industry-leading plug-ins, renowned for imparting the same rich vintage warmth of the analog hardware they emulate.Read More
To The Limit — 'Dynamic Range' and the Loudness WarJuly 20, 2012 10:31:52 PM PDT
We all know music is getting louder. But is it less dynamic? Read on as Sound on Sound’s Emmanuel Deruty argues that ground-breaking research proves beyond any doubt that the answer is no — and that popular beliefs about the ‘loudness war’ need a radical rethink.Read More
Psychoacoustics: Where Sound Meets Your BrainJune 19, 2012 5:37:16 PM PDT
The most important pieces of hardware in any studio are the ones on the sides of your head. In this article from Sound on Sound magazine, we'll take a close look at the ear — how it converts physical sound waves into sonic information in the brain, and how this process has numerous practical consequences for music production.Read More
UA's Art and Science of Modeling UAD Plug-Ins, Part 1 of 2July 25, 2010 6:15:24 PM PDT
For anyone observing music recording over the past 20 years, audio technology has evolved at a mind-boggling pace. Giant tape machines, consoles, and racks filled with gear have quickly given way to sleek desktops, laptops and even tablets. Yet while workstation technology has made some older audio equipment obsolete, the lure of certain vintage analog hardware endures.Read More
The Inner Workings of the Moog Multimode FilterMay 26, 2010 2:33:00 PM PDT
The Moog four-pole resonant filter is a classic design with a distinctive, characteristic sound. Structurally, the filter is formed by placing four identical one-pole filters in cascade (see Figure 1) and creating a feedback loop around them. As the amount of feedback is increased from zero, the (initially coincident) closed-loop poles of the system diverge, with two poles becoming increasingly resonant.Read More
Capturing Distinctive Compressors in a Digital EmulationAugust 26, 2009 11:11:11 AM PDT
Q: What is it about the 1176LN and LA-2A compressors that makes them distinctive sounding? How can these distinctive properties be captured in a digital emulation?
A: To answer that, let’s give a brief overview of what compression is, and then focus on the special properties of these two compressors that give them their unique flavors.Read More
Answers to All Your Signal Processing QuestionsJuly 22, 2009 11:11:11 AM PDT
Q: How are digital mastering EQs different from digital tracking/mixing EQs?
A: Historically, in terms of application, the mastering EQ is required to achieve high fidelity, offer a wide range of center frequencies for EQ features, provide good agreement between left and right channels, and allow for easy recall of exact settings. The particular curves picked for the EQ should be designed to work well for program material.Read More
Oversampled Peak DetectionJune 24, 2009 11:11:11 AM PDT
Q: How does oversampled peak detection work?
A: Oversampling is sometimes used in order to improve the accuracy of peak level estimates for sampled signals. The idea is that when a signal is sampled, there may be no samples taken at or near the peak values of the signal. When this happens, the maximum sample-values will not be equal (or close) to the peak values of the signal.Read More