Society of Professional Audio Recording Services
The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) is an organization that holds conferences and publishes papers about the professional audio community. Its members include many of the top audio engineers working in the industry today.
SPARS was founded in 1979 as the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios by the heads of eleven leading U.S. recording facilities. Among the co-founders: Mack Emerman/Criteria Studios, Chris Stone/Record Plant Studios, Joe Tarsia/Sigma Sound Studios, Howard Schwartz, Bob Liftin/Regent Sound, Murray Allen/Universal Recording.
SPARS developed the SPARS Code, which was common on the back of CD covers from the late eighties to the mid nineties. It specified whether analogue or digital recording mediums were used in each process of the recording (recording, mixing, mastering).
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