ATR Upgrade Boosts Omaha Mastering Studio

Jul 10, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Studio B Ltd. mastering facility in Omaha, Neb. has upgraded its signal chain with an ATR-102 half-inch recorder that was remanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Service Company.

“I felt that doing this was a good long-term investment,” said Studio B owner and resident mastering engineer Doug Van Sloun. “We receive many of our mastering projects from Presto Recording in Lincoln, and they’ve had one of Mike’s machines over there for about five years. They’ve been very happy with it, and now we can assure them of the same quality when they send their tapes here.”

Previously used as a utility half-inch deck, Studio B’s veteran ATR was sent to ATR Service in York, Pa., where it was stripped to the deckplate and completely rebuilt to better-than-new specs, including the latest transport modifications, electronics upgrades and conversion to half-inch with new Flux Magnetics heads. A 1-inch headblock with new Flux Magnetics heads was supplied, as well. Van Sloun said that his low-overhead Omaha location has helped attract business, because he can offer quality comparable to mastering houses in major music centers but at significantly lower rates. “We’ve brought in projects on half-inch from Chicago and Bloomington, Indiana and a few from the West Coast,” he said. “It’s been very consistent over the past few years, and we expect the new ATR will attract even more out-of-town clients.”

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