The wildfires currently raging seven counties across northern California are the largest recorded in the state’s history, costing countless residents their homes and businesses. Universal Audio (UA) reported around 40 workers at their Scotts Valley headquarters have been displaced by the fires, losing their entire homes or belongings in the disaster. The hardware and software company has set up a GoFundMe page in order to provide direct relief to their staff.
UA will also their $50,000 campaign goal. As stated on the donation page, “Funds will be distributed to affected employees within the next few weeks.”
According to CAL Fire‘s site at the time of reporting, the SCU Lightning Complex Fire has been active for eight days, it has consumed over 368,000 acres of land, and it is 35% contained (and was at one point considered the 2nd largest in the state’s history). Meanwhile, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire has been active for 10 days, it has destroyed over 83,000 acres, and it is 21% contained.
Over 6 Decades of Recording Legacy
Universal Audio is a premiere audio recording and engineering company established in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., then re-founded in 1999 by his two sons, James and Bill Jr. They are best known as the industry standard in professional recording studios, from making exact digital replicas of their analogue LA-2A, Pultec, and Neve analog compressor, mixers and amplifier series to creating the Thunderbolt-ready Apollo series of audio interfaces and their flagship LUNA recording environment.
Donate to Universal Audio’s fire relief fundraiser via GoFundMe.
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