New York City/Miami (February 11, 2004)–The Hit Factory in New York and Crescent Moon Studios in Miami have recently purchased ATR-102 analog mastering recorders in the new 1-inch 2-track format. Both machines were modified and completely remanufactured by Michael Spitz of York, PA-based ATR Services.
With their own in-house machines, both facilities now can offer their clients immediate availability of “wide-track” analog mixdown–a format widely accepted as the ideal sonic complement to high-resolution digital recording systems.
“We bought the 1-inch machine specifically to use on Gloria Estefan’s latest album, and we actually started with it the day the machine arrived,” said Crescent Moon engineer Kevin Dillon. “We didn’t really do any direct comparisons. We jumped right in, did a pass, and since everybody thought it sounded great we just kept going with it.”
Estefan’s album, entitled Unwrapped, was produced by Gloria, husband Emilio Estefan and Sebastian Krys, with Krys mixing. The project was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering.
At the Hit Factory in New York, the new 1-inch ATR has added to the studios wide choice of recording options. The studio did some direct A-B comparisons, according to chief technical engineer Brent Spear. “I sat down and give it a listen” he recalled, “and going from the digital workstation through the SSL console and then back off the tape, the body and warmth that came through on analog were just amazing. We compared it to a DAT machine and to going back through the workstation with 96K converters. In both cases the analog was just so much more pleasing, more open and round on the bottom, and with a very airy top end.”
Spear says the new 1-inch machine has already been used on several recent high-profile projects at Hit Factory.
ATR Services, Inc.