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Jan272014

Universal Audio UAD2, Apollo, RealTime Rack, EMT-250

On the technical front, I've recently been involved in a variety of projects as part of my role as Senior Scientist/Engineer at Universal Audio.

Since 2007, I have been creating digital signal processing and audio products for Universal Audio. The first major project was the UAD2 series of multi-DSP cards for rendering audio Universal Audio effects, including physically-based emulations of classic analog studio hardware. In addition to writing all the firmware, I worked extensively on the allocation system, libraries and driver, in collaboration with John Kraft. The UAD2 won a number of prestigious awards, including the 2009 NAMM TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) award. In 2011, the UAD2 Satellite won the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), deemed "best Audio Hardware Processor" by 100 magazines from around the world.

In 2009, I contacted reverberation pioneer Barry Blesser and obtained the original block diagram for the EMT-250 the first digital reverb and created a DSP emulation of this iconic piece of gear, in collaboration with Tim Stilson.

Beginning in 2010, I developed the firmware and a much of the software for the Apollo High Resolution Audio Interface series, first the Apollo, then the Apollo 16, and most recently the Apollo Twin (the latter, in collaboration with Toby Dunn.) The Apollos have also won NAMM TEC awards (2013, 2014), as well as Sound on Sound magazine Readers Choice awards. Apollo Twin won both Premier Guitar magazine NAMM Best in Show and Beatport Top 10 at NAMM (2014).

Most recently, I developed the firmware for RealTime Rack, hardware that brings Universal Audio effects processing to the Soundcraft Vi series of live mixing consoles. I also developed firmware and software for the Unison preamps, a hybrid analog-digital preamp emulation for Apollo hardware.