Scotts Valley, CA (June 18, 2010)–Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer has been recently using UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Cards and UAD Powered Plug-Ins to craft his trademark sound.
“I love to use the Roland Space Echo and all the Roland stuff,” he said. “That used to be my bread and butter. Fling something through the Space Echo, and it would instantly sound fantastic. And if I need to have things really colored, there’s the Trident A-Range EQ plug-in, which is great on snare drums and things like that. The same goes for the Harrison [32C EQ]. You can get a really nice ‘ping’ into things with it, a lovely top end. The EMT Plate 140 is on everything, I use two so that I can create surround as well. It’s great, that feeling of not having to run out of plates.”
Working at his facility, Remote Control, in Santa Monica, Zimmer has scored such major hits as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes and The Dark Knight.
One of Zimmer’s secret weapons has always been his six Manley Massive Passive EQs. Recently he has relied on the new UAD-2 Massive Passive EQ plug-in: “We’re using the new Massive Passive on everything now. We’ve got six hardware Manley Massive Passives just standing there, looking a little forlorn right now.”
Listening is an important skill that Zimmer has developed. “I don’t have a formal musical education, but being a synth programmer, and being asked a million times in those days to emulate a string sound or make an oboe sound, made my hearing so acute. I really had to listen into the sound, and I feel they have the same sort of ethic over there at UA. They really know how to listen beyond the surface of something, and that’s why their stuff sounds so good.”
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