Press Release

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • June 10, 2013 — Vampire Weekend's joyful melding of indie rock and Afro pop has lifted the band to international A-level status. Their newest album, Modern Vampires of the City, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij recorded, produced, and mixed the album in Los Angeles studios and Brooklyn apartments, lounges and backyards — a mobile strategy made possible by mirrored recording systems, Universal Audio's Apollo audio interface, and Thunderbolt technology.

"[Apollo] powers UAD Powered Plug-Ins, which are essential to my process," explains Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Charli XCX) in a recently published interview on the UA Blog. "The headroom is great, direct recording is great, and the preamp is transparent and works well with the color of the plug-ins. Once I got the Thunderbolt Option Card, it was even better... Midway through recording this album, I actually moved to strictly laptop recording, rather than desktop. That became possible with the Apollo, and also with Thunderbolt technology."

Vampire Weekend songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij routinely employed UAD Powered Plug-Ins during the project to get the unique analog tone he was looking for, "Ariel and I like to do things a little differently each time, so we'd just open up a plug-in and start adjusting parameters as we saw fit. The Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Plug-In was one of the last things that I needed to really help me achieve the vintage sounds that I heard in my head."

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About UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Powered by Universal Audio's popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and the Apollo Audio Interface, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world's most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.

About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.”

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