Europe’s First ATR/Aria Arrives at Super Audio Mastering

Mar 10, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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UK-based Super Audio Mastering is the first studio in Europe to take delivery of an ATR analog mastering deck with Aria Reference Series Class-A discrete electronics by David Hill. Equipped for playback in both 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch stereo and full track mono formats, the ATR/Aria machine was custom-modified and remanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Services in York, Pa.

Pictured: Super Audio Mastering’s owner/chief engineer Simon Heyworth and his new ATR/Aria

Heyworth confesses that he invested in the ATR/Aria deck without ever having heard a live, in-person demonstration of its capabilities. “I knew of Mike Spitz’s history with Ampex, and I was familiar with Dave Hill’s electronics design,” he says. “Also, I had heard the Rolling Stones SACD reissues, which came from Aria transfers, so I expected it would be absolutely spot-on. And I was right.”

Super Audio Mastering is housed in a round stone building—originally built as part of a farmhouse complex in the 1860s—located near the village of Chagford in Devon.“The stone walls are two feet thick and mounted on bedrock, so nothing really moves,” Heyworth notes, “except the music!”

For more information on Super Audio Mastering, visit Additional information on the ATR can be found at

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