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Universal Audio

No matter what your taste in music, every recording in your collection will have been touched by the magical fairy dust of Bill Putnam.

Putnam was the genius behind such iconic audio processing brands as UNIVERSAL AUDIO and UREI, and I don’t use the word genius lightly. An outstanding audio engineer he had a talent for creating answers to problems and was responsible for such groundbreaking innovations as the modern recording console (the 610 used to record classic Beach Boys albums amongst other), the multiband equaliser and the vocal booth. Indeed, he was the first engineer to use artificial reverberation on the recordings of such iconic artists as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole (no, not a boy band by crooners and balladeers from the golden age of smooch.)

Having founded Universal Audio in 1958, Putnam developed groundbreaking processing equipment such as the Teletronix LA2 and LA2A and the various incarnations of the Urei 1176, units that are still very much in demand today due to their reliability, no-nonsense design and superb performance.

After the Urei brand was sold to JBL (later part of the Harman Audio conglomerate) in the early 1980s, Urei fizzled off the map in the 1990s (a new black-faced 1176LN cost around £500 in the late 1970s but used prices had risen to over a grand when it was discontinued and have doubled since).

All good stories have a rosy ending, and the Universal Audi0 story is far from over. Refounded in 1999 by Bill’s sons James and Bill Putnam Junior, the company initially produced authentic reissues (rather than reproductions) of classic processors including the LA2A, LA3A, 1176 and 610 mic preamp. However, in the tradition of the founder, Universal Audio looked forward not back and introduced a range of ground-breaking DSP ‘plug-ins’ which quickly became the digital processors of choice for leading engineers, producers and musicians worldwide. Always one step ahead of the market, Universal developed the Apollo interface in 2012, now a staple for creative musicians.

As innovative in their marketing approach as in software and hardware design, Universal Audio has become market leaders in the pro audio field, employing over 160 of the best software and hardware engineers in Silicon Valley. It is a tradition that Bill Putnam Senior would be proud of and one that looks like lasting for another fifty years.

- Eccentric

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