Ryan Ulyate  Producer / Engineer

 
 

October 2020

Welcome to my (sporadically updated) website.

I've been recording, mixing and producing music professionally, ever since I got my foot in the door of a “real” 24 track studio 1978. In 2005 I started doing lots of great work with Tom Petty. Working with Tom was It was an experience that I will be forever grateful for. He was my friend -a very talented and very cool guy. His music is timeless. His voice is one that should be heard for many years to come.


On October 16th 2020, “Wildflowers & All The Rest”  was released. 

This “deep dive” into one of Tom’s great albums was such a rewarding project. 245 reels of 2” tape were gone though, as well as numerous 8 track demos and live shows. The result is 5 CDs of material (or 9 LPs on the vinyl edition).  Tom’s family, bandmates and I are so happy that this great music will be released to the fans on October 16th. Here’s a video of Tom set to his demo of “Wildflowers”. He told me that he wrote the song on that take!

Also, here’s an interview I did for Variety, as well as another interview for Tower Records

There is also a Dolby Atmos mix that I did for 25 tracks from the box set. I’ve always been a big fan of Immersive Audio, and Atmos really puts the listener “in the music”. it is an ACTIVE experience, and I love it!

Dolby, Avid, ATC and Izotope really helped me a lot to get my studio up and running as an Atmos mix room, and I am very thankful for their support. For now, the Atmos mix can be streamed through Amazon Music HD  and their new Echo Studio speaker. Here is an interview I gave to Sound & Vision about mixing Wildflowers in Atmos.


On August 27th 2020,  my first radio show aired on Sirius XM’s Tom Petty Radio.

“Behind The Glass with Ryan Ulyate” featured some great jams, covers and funny moments that I found when going through the tapes recorded during the Wildflowers sessions. It’s not available online now, but I hope to create more shows in the future (as long as they are good!).


In October 2019 I recorded and produced a very special song performed by one of Tom’s heroes, his former tour-mate and his proteges.

Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and The Shelters performed the Byrds’ “Feel A Whole Lot Better” (the same song Tom covered on the “Full Moon Fever” album). It’s currently only available as an “exclusive” on Tom Petty Radio on Sirius XM. I really love how it turned out! 


I was on Sirius XM ‘s Tom Petty Radio  in June 2019

talking about the 2009 album “Mojo”. I did one minute intros for each track on the album with memories of what it was like to be in the room with Tom and the Heartbreakers. It was a such a fun project for us all!


Tom

If you want to get a sense of the guy I knew and loved, check out his interview he gave to Randy Lewis for the Los Angeles Times on September 27th 2017. Here’s a quote from Tom about how he felt about music and his band.

"The thing about the Heartbreakers is, it's still holy to me," he said with no air of loftiness or pretense. "There's a holiness there. ... And to us, in the era we came up in, it was a religion in a way. It was more than commerce, it wasn't about that. It was about something much greater. "It was about moving people, and changing the world, and I really believed in rock 'n' roll — I still do," he said. "I believed in it in its purest sense, its purest form. ... It's unique to have a band that knows each other that long and that well.”

There is a link to the one hour unedited audio of the interview at the bottom of the article that gives you a sense of who Tom was and what motivated his art. There was so much more he wanted to do!  Also, check out this article in Rolling Stone where Tom is remembered by Chase Simpson and Josh Jové of the Shelters. (The picture in the article was taken on the day The Shelters were signed to Warner Brothers Records)

Hi-Res!

One of the things Tom and I were passionate about is Hi-Res audio. Hi-Res gives people the opportunity to hear exactly what we heard in the control room when we were making and mixing the music. Jim Belcher from Universal produced several 1-minute video interviews for the Stream The Studio website. I’m so fortunate to be included with some of my favorite producer/engineers on this!

SIGGRAPH 2018

Judith Crow, David Bianciardi, Greg Hermanovic and I had a great panel discussion at  the SIGGRAPH 2018  conference in Vancouver last August. We discussed the Siggraph 98 Interactive Dance Club that we put together 20 years ago  (a once-in-a lifetime event... well, at least in my lifetime!).  For more info check out my S98 IDC page.