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Abraham Sanchez is an OC/LA based Drummer known for his soulful, pocket, solid grooves & disciplined style of drumming. Abe’s professional career has spanned from performing in local clubs to touring nationally & internationally. Abe has become a very well recognized and respected musician in the Latin Music & American Music community Why did you decide to transition from wedges to In ears? Being a drummer it is difficult to dial in a good sounding…

Excerpted with permission from Sound Girls, check out the full interview here. Mr.SoundLady aka Rachel Ryan has been working as an independent audio engineer for the last eleven years. She has worked as a FOH and TM for School of Seven Bells, Phosphorescent, Little Boots, Nightbox and Honeyblood. FOH for Albert Hammond JR, MNDR, Streets of Laredo and as ME for Silversun Pickups, The Strokes, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. She is currently doing monitors…

Los Angeles based recording artist and session musician Adrienne “AeB” Byrne has performed with Robby Krieger, Alex Lifeson, Jack Black, Haley Reinhart, Chicago, and Sebastian Bach to name a few. AeB photo by Ciro Hurtado [youtube id=”ntiLl-iuQA0″ width=”620″ height=”360″] Often dubbed “the next Ian Anderson” she is known for her cutting rock roll flute work, along with soulful and powerful vocals and an eclectic mix of instruments in her arson including the rare and enchanting…

Atiba “T-wizz” Jones is a playback engineer or “Pro Tools Guy”. We’ll let him explain all the details, but it sounds like a dream job! Having the position that I have in a performance, I need to hear what’s going on with clarity and accuracy. Being able to hear exactly what’s being played is essential to correcting any issues or problems that might occur before or during a performance. Can you tell us what a Pro…

WHAMS is a Los Angeles based production team comprised of producers Trent Mazur and Michael Freesh. They’ve worked with everyone from Train to Flo Rida to Nelly, and many others. What really makes them so refreshing to me is they also seem to be more focused on making great music than blasting the internet with social media posts. They are grounded even though they have worked with some of todays biggest stars.  We got them…

Larry the O has worn many, many hats in the music world. He plays drums,. He’s written for publications such as Mix and Electronic Musician.  And did we mention he is a technology wizard and a world class programmer. Heck, he even worked sound on the remake of “The Gumby show!” How did you find out about UE? Ultimate Ears was a pioneer of in-ear monitoring. When UE first appeared back in 1995, it was an…

Here at Ultimate Ears Stories we like shining the spotlight on the folks who make UE happen. It’s not just that we’ve been around for 20 years, but in those years we’ve created an amazing platform and built an outstanding community. Noy Soudaly has been there from the very start. In fact, he is employee #1. To use an Apple metaphor, Noy is a lot like the Woz to Jerry’s Jobs in the tale of UE. He…

Andreas Farmakalidis is a bass player based in CA. He graduated magna cum laude from  Berklee College of Music (BMus) as well as from Brandeis University (MA) has gained wide ranging international experience as a performer as well as educator focusing on music analysis.

Andreas has shared the stage with many national acts such as:

WAR, Ryan Cabrera, Heleen Schuttevaer, Nicolas Farmakalidis, Steven Adler (Guns n Roses) Greek Xfactor + Greek idol artists, and many more.

He has toured all over USA and Europe including performances in most of the major Music festivals such as North Sea Jazz festival, 2005 European Bass Day, Florida Music Festival, SXSW, NXNE, Summerfest among many others.

Here are some choice morsels:

About how he was introduced to UE

I was first introduced to the Ultimate Ears Products during the 2015 NAMM show and through that I heard that Ultimate Ears had collaborated with the engineers at Capitol Records for the UE-REM. I was interested in learning more since I was fortunate enough to have spent some time in Capitol’s recording studio A, which, by the way, was recently refurbished, thus I was familiar with the sound. I emailed the company and drove all the way to Irvine so I could check more of their products.  There, I got the opportunity to test and compare many of their In-ear monitors.

About how UE fits into his workflow

Firstly I would like to say the reasons why I use the UE pro in-ear monitors. There are several good reasons for using in-ear monitors. I use the UE-PRO – 11s live as well as in the studio when I record bass. The reasons are to increase the overall sound quality by reducing stage volume (getting rid of monitor speakers), for better hearing protection as well as for the need to have a precise monitor mix.

I use the Reference Monitor in the Studio for mixing. You need a consistent and accurate point of reference that you can trust wherever you are. Because of my changing schedule I have to finish projects on my laptop or in  studios that I have never been before, therefore having a steady super accurate sound signature is invaluable.

Words of advice to young musicians.

Everybody says that practice makes perfect. I will say that PERFECT practice makes perfect.  Practicing intelligently is something that my best teachers instilled in me, and it’s vital if you’re going to survive in the professional world.

In addition to that, young musicians should always choose aspiration over the competition. Always look at what it is that they do that you like, and try to figure out how to integrate it into your own playing.

Larry Crane is the creator of Tape Op Magazine. For nearly 20 years Tape Op has been a must read for those looking to learn and explore ideas in creative recording.   Fittingly,  Tape Op got it’s start in the mid 1990’s as a photocopied, hand-stapled magazine with spray painted covers. Since then Larry and his partner John Baccigaluppm who handles layout, publishing and more, have grown Tape Op into an audio magazine with the…

For this installment of UE University we got a chance to speak to Brian Geller of Ultimate Ears and singer of the absolutely amazing Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks. Don’t take my word for it. David Lee Roth in his autobiography call them “The best tribute to Van Halen, Ever! Howard Stern said “They are the total experience. They do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves.” Don’t believe us all? How about you…