Arcade Fire's Album Of The Year Recorded On ATR Tape

Mar 16, 2011 4:08 PM

Polls


Mix Regional

The Mix Regional section for Mix's May 2014 issue focuses on Nashville. Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to mixeditorial@nbmedia.com.

photo of Mark Lawson

Engineer Mark Lawson

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire's latest album, The Suburbs, won a 2011 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and was also recognized at the 2011 Brit Awards as Best International Album, while the band won the Award for Best International Group. U.S. based company ATR Magnetics, a manufacturer of analog open reel mastering tape, reports that engineer Mark Lawson (pictured) recorded The Suburbs primarily using ATR 2-inch analog Master tape, which won a TEC Award in 2008 in the Recording Devices category.

Canadian ATR distributor and recording studio owner Howard Bilerman of Hotel2Tango supplied the ATR tape for sessions.

The album was recorded in a variety of locations, including random basements, a converted church and the Magic Shop Studios in New York City.

“Every song started its life on tape before being transferred to Logic or Pro Tools," Lawson says. "Various analog recorders—including an Otari MTR-90 II, a Studer A827 and a Studer A-800 MkIII—were used at different locations. The format was 24-track 2-inch running primarily at 15 ips. Various pitch shifting and double speed experiments were also achieved using tape, on drum/string/cymbal/piano elements.

“ATR tape sounds great! I was impressed with the transient response, the high fidelity and the tape compression is extremely musical,” Lawson adds.

For more information, visit www.atrtape.com, www.hotel2tango.com, www.marklawson.net and www.arcadefire.com.






Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

Mix Books

Modern Recording and Mixing

This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. Order now $39.95

Mastering Cubase 4

Electronic Musician magazine and Thomson Course Technology PTR have joined forces again to create the second volume in their Personal Studio Series, Mastering Steinberg's Cubase(tm). Edited and produced by the staff of Electronic Musician, this special issue is not only a must-read for users of Cubase(tm) software, but it also delivers essential information for anyone recording/producing music in a personal-studio. Order now $12.95

Newsletters

MixLine

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine takes you straight into the studio, with new product announcements, industry news, upcoming events, recent recording/post projects and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

MixLine Live

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine Live takes you on the road with today's hottest tours, new sound reinforcement professional products, recent installs, industry news and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Wire, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the The Wire for the latest press postings.