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UA Unison Preamps & Channel Strips Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    How Does Unison Work?

    5:06

    Learn all about how Unison enabled plug-ins work, and how to use gain stage mode from your Apollo hardware.

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    Tutorial 2

    API Vision Channel Strip

    9:15

    This channel strip combines a mic preamp, two filters, gate/expander, compressor/limiter, and four band equalizer into a single plug-in. Hear how the filters effect the compression when used in sidechain mode, and explore the various sections in detail.

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    Tutorial 3

    Manley Voxbox Channel Strip

    9:01

    Explore this classic vocal tube driven channel strip that features Opto-Style compression before the preamp stage, as well as three bands of Pultech style EQ, and a built-in De-esser.

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    Tutorial 4

    Neve 1073

    8:19

    Hear how this dual input stage preamp and EQ circuit is used with the line level input and mic input modes, on both voice and individual drum kit elements.

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    Tutorial 5

    Neve 88RS

    10:20

    Explore the qualities of this modern sounding channel strip based on the Neve 88 series consoles, with their transformer based mic preamps, formant spectrum four band EQs, VCA style dynamics section, and two cut filters.

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    Tutorial 6

    SSL E Channel

    12:16

    Learn about the various SSL E Channel functions and hear examples of the EQ section, compression and gating, side chaining, and its fast attack characteristics in action on drum and guitar tracks.

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    Tutorial 7

    UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection

    5:44

    Learn all about and listen to these two classic preamps, known for their harmonic detail, rich clipping, and saturation characteristics!

Studio pro Eli Krantzberg reveals the technology and magic behind Universal Audio’s Unison Preamp technology and plug-ins! Learn all about the different Unison Enabled Plug-Ins and best practices for using them in your tracks and productions.

Eli starts at the beginning, explaining how Unison Enabled Plug-Ins work, and how to use Gain Stage Mode from your Apollo hardware to change their sonic response. Next, Eli covers all the Unison Enabled Plug-Ins one by one, so you know exactly what they add to your sound, as well as how to dial them in for different coloring and tone.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you have or want to use Universal Audio Unison Enabled Plug-Ins, check this video tutorial series out. You’ll know exactly how to get the most out of them when using them in your tracks and mixes, making the process faster and more creative. Watch “UA Unison Preamps & Channel Strips Explained®” today!

metamorphis8
Submitted 2 months ago

Useful

Another useful and articulate review from Mr. Krantzberg. I do wish there were more examples of live sound examples into the Unison preamps, instead of the narrator's voice only. After all, one of the main selling points of these Unison-ready plugins is their ability to bilaterally work with the Apollo hardware.

I am a: Musician

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Kyle Whittaker
Submitted 3 months ago

Very in-depth!

Eli really dives into each Unison preamp! Very informative.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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molsenhouse
Submitted 4 months ago

Indeed helpful!

Short and informative about using the preamps in UA-universe!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Digital Performer

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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UA Unison Preamps & Channel Strips Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful Another useful and articulate review from Mr. Krantzberg. I do wish there were more examples of live sound examples into the Unison preamps, instead of the narrator's voice only. After all, one of the main selling points of these Unison-ready plugins is their ability to bilaterally work with the Apollo hardware.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very in-depth! Eli really dives into each Unison preamp! Very informative.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Indeed helpful! Short and informative about using the preamps in UA-universe!
Date published: 2017-10-22