Ariel Rechtshaid (left) and Rostam Batmanglij
New York, NY (June 11, 2013)—Vampire Weekend’s latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart, following a lengthy production process that saw producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij record, produce and mix the album everywhere from high-end Los Angeles studios to Brooklyn apartments to lounges and backyards. They say it was due to a mobile strategy made possible by mirrored recording systems, Universal Audio’s Apollo audio interface, and Thunderbolt technology.
“[Apollo] powers UAD Powered Plug-Ins, which are essential to my process,” explains Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Charli XCX). “The headroom is great, direct recording is great, and the preamp is transparent and works well with the color of the plug-ins. Once I got the Thunderbolt Option Card, it was even better…. Midway through recording this album, I actually moved to strictly laptop recording, rather than desktop. That became possible with the Apollo, and also with Thunderbolt technology.”
Vampire Weekend songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij routinely employed UAD Powered Plug-Ins during the project to get the analog tone he was looking for: “Ariel and I like to do things a little differently each time, so we’d just open up a plug-in and start adjusting parameters as we saw fit. The Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Plug-In was one of the last things that I needed to really help me achieve the vintage sounds that I heard in my head.”
Universal Audio Inc.