ATR Services founder Michael D. Spitz passed away on October 12. YORK, PA—Founder and co-owner of ATR Services and ATR Magnetics, Michael D. Spitz, 59, passed away on October 12, 2013 at York Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Bette L. Spitz, his daughter Lauren N. Spitz; his son, Mark B.G. Spitz; his sister, Alyce L. Soffer; and his nephew, David B. Soffer, all of York.
Spitz was a respected audio engineer, working with many music professionals to preserve the quality of sound recording. In 1991, he founded ATR Services, an analog audio product manufacturing company, and in 2005, founded ATR Magnetics. Prior to these companies, Spitz held a position at the Sigma Sound Recording Studios in Philadelphia, PA, and at Ampex.
“Mike had a passion for the music industry, and it showed in the products he was devoted to making and developing, along with his passion for teaching a young generation about tape and the quality it gives to music,” said Bette Spitz, who is taking over the company. “Both companies will remain open and will continue to produce tape, and he has a dedicated staff that he had under his wing to make sure to continue on. He made a huge investment in that to make sure tape wouldn’t die out.”