Oscar Winning Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with Universal Audio — Multiple UAD Systems Play a Starring Role in Crafting his Trademark Sound —  SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – June 16, 2010 – Oscar winning Film Composer Hans Zimmer has

Oscar-Winning Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with Universal Audio
— Multiple UAD Systems Play a Starring Role in Crafting his Trademark Sound —

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA June 16, 2010 – Oscar-winning Film Composer Hans
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. Zimmer relies
heavily on UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Cards and UAD Powered Plug-Ins to craft his
trademark sound, which showcases his expertise in sound design and his pioneering work
in combining electronics with orchestral instruments. It all happens in Zimmer’s state-of-
the-art facility, Remote Control, near the beach in Santa Monica.

Whether he’s adding a creative edge to his sound or finessing the mix, Zimmer turns to
the UAD Powered Plug-Ins. “I love to use the Roland Space Echo and all the Roland
stuff. 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.”

One of Zimmer’s secret weapons has always been his six Manley Massive Passive EQ’s,
but most recently he relies 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.”

“I can honestly say — and I do very few of these interviews — that what the Universal
Audio guys are doing is so beyond anybody else right now. It's so incredibly useful to us
and really quite extraordinary,” Zimmer said.
Read the interview in its entirety as part of the May 2010 UA Webzine:


About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr. and based in Scotts Valley, California, Universal
Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal
Processing technology, including the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform.
The company is focused on merging the best of classic analog and modern digital
technology. UA is devoted to this endeavor, following its rich recording heritage and
motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.”