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Press Release


Media Contact:
UA Media Relations
Harris Barnard

Universal Audio Opens New UA Custom Shop

Located in Santa Cruz, California, the UA Custom Shop focuses on handmade, high-end analog hardware

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 17th, 2019 — Universal Audio is proud to announce the opening of its new UA Custom Shop, located in Santa Cruz, California. The UA Custom Shop is dedicated to building "small batch," handmade analog hardware — including the 610 Tube Channel Strip, and compressors like the legendary Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier and 1176LN Limiting Amplifier.

"UA has come full circle with our new Custom Shop," says Universal Audio CEO and founder, Bill Putnam Jr. "Its location on Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz is just a few miles away from the garage where we re-founded UA over 20 years ago.

We're looking forward to having this new modern space to build the classic analog hardware that's an essential part of our heritage, one unit at a time, as well as dreaming up future classics."

In addition to building analog recording hardware, the UA Custom Shop is also home to a new world-class video production facility, and houses a state-of the-art service center for UA products.

The UA Headquarters, which houses administration, finance, sales, marketing, and engineering groups, remains located in Scotts Valley, California.

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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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