Nashville (December 21, 2004)–A new ATR-102 equipped with Aria electronics is now hard at work transferring vintage tapes to digital and recording new project mixes at Curb Studios in Nashville.
“It’s a great sounding unit,” said the Curb Studio engineer, Craig White. “We A-B’d several machines and the ATR with Aria won every time.”
Pictured with the new ATR/Aria analog deck at Curb Studios in Nashville are engineers (l-r) Justin Luffman, Aaron Bowlin and Craig White.
The Aria Reference Series electronics are a class-A, all discrete design by David Hill, and replace the stock Ampex electronics in the signal path. The Aria package and the refurbished ATR transport were supplied by ATR Service of York, Pennsylvania with the transaction facilitated through Rob Dennis of Nashville’s Rack ‘n Roll sales and rental company. Curb’s new machine is set up for record and playback using interchangeable quarter-inch and half-inch headblocks.
Curb Studios is a division of the Curb Records label, and one of the first assignments for Craig White was transferring more than one hundred vintage catalog master tapes recently purchased by label president Mike Curb from Tower/Capitol Records. “Many of Curb’s physical assets are on some type of tape, and we want to use equipment of the highest quality to reproduce and preserve these assets for future use. The ATR/Aria deck is a welcome addition in that respect,” said White.
When not assigned to transfer and archiving duties, the new ATR/Aria is quickly converted to the half-inch format for use as a mixdown/mastering deck on current projects at the studio.
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