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Get Tips from the Producer of Vampire Weekend & HAIM

Get Tips from the Producer of Vampire Weekend & HAIM

Learn how Ariel Rechtshaid crafts chart-topping hits.

In this episode of UA Live, Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Adele) shows you how he uses LUNA Recording System, the Moog Minimoog UAD Instrument, and good old-fashioned arrangement know-how to record modern classics.


[17:19] Get Harmonic Saturation with the Moog Minimoog

Learn why Rechtshaid relies on the classic Moog Minimoog bass sound and how the UAD Instrument version captures all the harmonic saturation and "weird, unpredictable stuff” of the vintage synth.

[23:30] Using Vintage Drum Machines
Learn why Rechtshaid relies on the classic Moog Minimoog bass sound and how the UAD Instrument version captures all Here, Rechtshaid shows you around his studio and fills you in on his huge collection of vintage drum machines, karaoke machines, kid’s toys, and other random curiosities used in his productions.

[49:11] Finding the Origins of a Song

Find out how Rechtshaid finds the inspiration in a track, and either builds on it, or reconstructs it from the vocal in order to get to the finish line.

[56:56] Only Keep the Good Stuff
Here, Rechtshaid explains how tweaking and fine-tuning sounds only counts if you give those sounds the space to make a difference in the track.

[59:42] The Importance of Working w/ Others
Learn why it's important to work with a team and get valuable feedback on your productions during the creative process.

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