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On Sale Now! - Universal Audio - Ovation - Nord Keyboards

On Sale Now! - Universal Audio - Ovation - Nord Keyboards

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Specifically, Putnam was the inventor of the modern recording console, the multi-band audio equalizer, and the vocal booth, and he was the first engineer to use artificial reverberation in commercial recording. Alongside his friend Les Paul, Putnam was also involved in the early development of stereophonic recording.

Putnam, a natural entrepreneur, started three audio product companies during his long career: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics, and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction, including the ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history, used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen’s eponymous debut.


In 1983 founder Hans Nordelius created the Digital Percussion Plate 1 – the first drum pad allowing for dynamic playing using sampled sounds. The DPP1 was an instant success and soon thereafter the brand name ddrum was introduced. The innovative ddrum pads featured real heads and hoops and gained huge popularity – many people still regard them as the best digital drum triggering system around!

In 1995 Clavia released its first synthesizer, the Nord Lead. Its unique take on emulation of analog synthesis, combining a distinctive sound with an intuitive user interface made it an instant classic. Magnus Kjellander joined Clavia in -96 and brought with him a new approach to the company in terms of software design. The Nord Modular, released in 1997 was the first digital modular synthesizer, possibly the most flexible, innovative synthesizer that has ever been on the market... Today, Nord continues to push new boundaries and solidify themselves at the top of anybody's "who's who" of keyboard manufacturers.

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  1. Ovation C1868LX-1 Custom Elite Super Shallow Acoustic-Electric Guitar Sunburst

    Body Body Style: Super Shallow Bowl Top: AAA Sitka Spruce Top Finish: Gloss Nitro Lacquer, Top Color (4, 5, BCB, 1) Bracing: Custom X-Pattern Spruce (50th Anniversary) Body Binding: White ABS with Abalone/6ply Purfling Rosette/Epaulet: Inlaid Epaulets (Teak, Paduk, Walnut, Mesquite) Scale Length: 25 1/4" (641.35mm) NECK Neck: Mahogan
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