York, PA (March 16, 2011)–Mark Lawson engineered the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, using primarily ATR 2-inch analog Master tape.
Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire has had a momentous start to 2011. Its latest album, The Suburbs, recently won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Additionally, at the 2011 BRIT Awards, The Suburbs won Best International Album, and Arcade Fire won the Award for Best International Group.
“Every song started its life on tape before being transferred to Logic Audio or Pro Tools,” says Lawson. “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 and piano elements.”
The album was recorded in a variety of locations, including random basements, a converted church and The Magic Shop Studios in New York City. Canadian ATR distributor and recording studio owner Howard Bilerman of Hotel2Tango supplied the ATR tape for the sessions.
According to Lawson, “ATR tape sounds great! I was impressed with the transient response, the high fidelity, and the tape compression is extremely musical–plus, of course, the smell!”