What We Like About MQA High-Res Format

Have you heard of MQA? It stands for Master Quality Authenticated, and its purpose is to deliver the same high-resolution master that was approved in the studio to the end listener. This technology, developed by Bob Stuart of Meridian and Peter Craven, addresses several issues of high-resolution digital audio. Airshow Mastering is an MQA content […]

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What the NAMM Show tells me about our industry

A couple weeks ago I attended my very first NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. It won’t be my last. I’ve been faithfully going to AES Conventions since I joined in 1975, but not to NAMM. In the audio production community, we’ve gotten used to the AES shows – along with the rest of […]

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Dave Glasser Spots Positive Trends at AES

I returned from the annual AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention in Los Angeles, held there after a 12-year hiatus. (AES has dropped San Francisco as a west coast convention site.) I love San Francisco, but it was great to be back in LA where so much of the music, film, and recording industry is based. […]

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How Airshow Remastered the Grateful Dead Studio Albums

By David Glasser, Airshow Founder and Chief Engineer Any fan of the Grateful Dead would be thrilled – and a little nervous – if asked to remaster some of the best-known studio recordings of the past 45 years. Workingman’s Dead was my first real (and lasting) introduction to the band, and I wanted to be sure […]

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Restoring “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records”

By David Glasser, Airshow Founder and Chief Engineer Airshow received a call from Dean Blackwood of Revenant Records in January, 2013. We last worked with Revenant over ten years ago on the Grammy-winning “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton,” and prior to that on projects by Captain Beefheart, the Stanley Brothers, […]

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Surround mastering: The Grateful Dead’s “Sunshine Daydream”

On August 1st moviegoers will be able to see a film that Grateful Dead fans have been eagerly awaiting for decades. Though it’s long-circulated as a bootleg, Sunshine Daydream is finally getting the official release it deserves. The film is a documentary of a Grateful Dead concert from August 27, 1972 that was a benefit […]

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Analog Tape Series, Part 3: Studio Settings and Collaboration

Setting Up Your Studio to Work Efficiently for Tape Recording Now that you have your tape deck and have completed the basic maintenance on it you can take a look at the gain-staging of your whole recording setup. Most professional studio equipment is designed to operate at a nominal +4dBu; when a VU meter on your tape deck or […]

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