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SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • June 4, 2012 —He may have decades of experience in the studio, but 2012 was a breakout year for producer Paul Epworth. His work on Adele’s 21 — an album which employed Universal Audio hardware in her vocal chain — earned him GRAMMY® awards for Album of the Year, Song, and Record of the Year for “Rolling In The Deep,” as well as the coveted Producer of the Year award.
“All the vocals on the Adele tracks I produced were recorded through the Universal Audio 6176 [Vintage Channel Strip], so you can credit Adele’s bright and crystal-clear, dulcet tones to the UA preamp and compressor,” he explains in a recently published interview on the UA Blog. In the article, Epworth also describes his experience on producing Adele’s 21, and provides insights into his production philosophy.
Though many music fans first became aware of Epworth through his work with Adele, the man is anything but an overnight success. Epworth has assembled an impressive resume that includes production credits on Cee Lo Green’s The Lady Killer, Foster The People’s Torches, Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials, and many others.
Epworth also routinely incorporates UAD Powered Plug-ins in his unique productions, which are renowned for their classic analog warmth and tone. “They’re standard things I use because they have character and they sound classic,” he explains. “They’re so close to the original items that you can’t tell the difference just by listening. For this instance, when you’ve got a voice like Adele’s that sounds that classic, it’s important to try to do it justice with the processing you use on it. For that purpose, I would only choose to turn to these Universal Audio versions of the real thing.”
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About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr. and based in Scotts Valley, California, Universal Audio is best known for its classic analog hardware and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology — including the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform — for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology and is devoted to following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com