During a recent trip to California Pro Tools Expert were invited to have an exclusive first look at the new Universal Audio Studio 610 in Scotts Valley. At the time of visiting we were told by our buddies at UA that we were the first press to visit and get the tour.
We thought we couldn’t let the visit pass without taking a few snaps, so here are some of the new studio and also of some of the actual studio hardware used to model some of your favourite plug-ins.
The best way to sum up UA Studio 610 is part studio, part museum, part mad-professor’s lab. The team at UA actually sit in a real studio environment when coming up with ideas and testing the products - these are ideas that are born in recording studios not boardrooms.
As you can see from the images below the design is beautiful, the attention to detail for both the acoustics and the aesthetics is stunning, right down to the vintage gear knobs as light switches.
Mission control, one of two identical control rooms, all of which are fully connected to one another. These control rooms have both top recording equipment and test equipment so that the Universal Audio team can run audio and measurement tests.
The live room, designed to offer an number of positions for capturing the sound, when we were there a drum kit was set up in the space.
The walls are a work of art, offering great acoustics and at the same time expressing a thing of beauty.
The attention to detail we have come to expect from Universal Audio, a vintage hardware knob used for the light switch.
Classic Vintage Studio Recording Hardware
If you’ve ever wanted to see the real James Bond Aston Martin or an equally iconic piece of pop history, then imagine how cool it is to see the actual Neve 1073, the ATR102 or EP34 Tape machine that were used to create the UAD versions. Many of them are all in this studio, here are some of them below.
More vintage gear than you can shake a stick out, just a tiny selection of the hardware we saw at UA HQ.
The actual 1073 used for the UAD powered 1073 plug-in.
The ATR-102 tape machine many have come to love on their mixes.
A vintage Echoplex tape delay machine.
Universal Audio’s Lev Perrey stands with the Studer A800 tape machine, thanks to UAD we don’t all need one of these in our studios anymore.