Santa Cruz, CA (April 29, 2009)–Jazz bassist Marcus Miller’s Grammy-nominated solo album Marcus employed Universal Audio’s Powered Plug-ins platform in the form of the UAD-1 and UAD-2.
Much of the album was recorded by Miller between touring gigs, and then brought back to Los Angeles for producer David Isaac to mix. On the single “Free,” featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, Isaac made use of UAD’s Dimension D plug-in, based on the classic Roland analog hardware of the same name. “I used the Dimension D on the acoustic guitar for Paul Jackson, Jr. I wanted to give it that actual Dimension D trademark chorus from the ’80s. With a hint of that, it worked perfectly because there wasn’t much going on in the intro of the song except the Rhodes, Corinne, and Paul. I also used it on the background vocals to widen them a bit.”
Isaac also employed the UAD Neve 33609 compressor plug-in on Miller’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” “I wanted to make the drums, bass, horns, and Marcus pop out. I wanted the track to pump the way it normally would if I was using the actual hardware piece. Since I was mixing at home, I was able to use the plug-in version, and it worked out great! It was like having a Neve without it taking up any space in my house!”
Universal Audio’s UAD-2 Powered Plug–Ins Platform is now a consistent part of Isaac’s set-up. “I needed to know that the plug-ins could stand up to a producer questioning if they were good enough to do the job. The cool thing the UAD plug-ins is that they offer more than what you got with the hardware pieces, without hiss. This allows you to use it like the actual hardware…and then some.”