Recording

ATR Upgrade Boosts Omaha Mastering Studio

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. 7/10/2003 8:00 AM Eastern

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

“I felt that doing this was a good long-terminvestment,” said Studio B owner and resident mastering engineerDoug Van Sloun. “We receive many of our mastering projects fromPresto Recording in Lincoln, and they’ve had one of Mike’smachines over there for about five years. They’ve been very happywith it, and now we can assure them of the same quality when they sendtheir tapes here.”

Previously used as a utility half-inch deck, Studio B’sveteran ATR was sent to ATR Service in York, Pa., where it was strippedto the deckplate and completely rebuilt to better-than-new specs,including the latest transport modifications, electronics upgrades andconversion to half-inch with new Flux Magnetics heads. A 1-inchheadblock with new Flux Magnetics heads was supplied, as well. VanSloun said that his low-overhead Omaha location has helped attractbusiness, because he can offer quality comparable to mastering housesin major music centers but at significantly lowerrates. “We’ve brought in projects on half-inch fromChicago and Bloomington, Indiana and a few from the West Coast,”he said. “It’s been very consistent over the past fewyears, and we expect the new ATR will attract even more out-of-townclients.”

For more on ATR, visit www.atrservice.com.

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