Ryan Ulyate  Producer / Engineer


August 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 August 27th 2020,  my first radio show will air on Sirius XM’s Tom Petty Radio. “Behind The Glass with Ryan Ulyate” will feature some great jams, covers and funny moments that I found when going through the tapes recorded during the Wildflowers sessions. It airs at 7:00 pm Pacific time (10:00 pm Eastern time)


On August 20th 2020, we announced the release of “Wildflowers & All The Rest” on Sirius XM’s Tom Petty Radio. 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!


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. It’s Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and The Shelters coving the Byrds’ “Feel A Whole Lot Better” (the same song Tom covered on the “Full Moon Fever” album). It’s currently playing 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  (channel 31) 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!


Here’s a quote from Tom in his last interview a few days before he died, 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.”

The Best Of Everything

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ The Best Of Everything was released on March 1st 2019. “As a supplement to last year’s critically lauded box set An American Treasure, The Best Of Everything was born from Petty’s long-term desire to release what he believed to be his strongest material across his four decades of songwriting.

This “greatest hits” type release was put together around the same time we were finishing An American Treasure (see below), so the mastering is pretty consistent between both projects. They do work well together!

An American Treasure

Tom Petty: An American Treasure was released on September 28th 2018. On August 22nd we had a listening party at Village Recorder. Here’a an article about the event from Variety and another one from The Los Angeles Times

Here’s a more in-depth article from Rolling Stone published online on September 5th 2018.

And for the audio geek, here’s a more in-depth article from the November 2018 edition of Mix Magazine that talks about the mixing and mastering of the project.


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. 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)

Chris Hillman

The last album Tom and I worked on was Chris Hillman’s “Bidin’ My Time”. I think the albums that I’ve worked on that I love are the ones that fell together quickly and naturally. Chris’ album was exactly that. One of his greatest gifts is that he’s a singer that doesn’t sound like he’s “singing”. He’s just telling the truth. Johnny Cash had that too. He also gave me a huge compliment in a recent article, so it’s a bit of a mutual admiration society!


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!


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.