SIA Acoustics’ Sam Berkow and Airshow are nominated for a TEC Award in the creative category, Studio Design. The NAMM TEC Awards, presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The Winter NAMM Show, are the professional audio and music production industry’s most prestigious awards, honoring excellence in sound technology and creativity.
The room opened in fall 2016, marking a return to Airshow’s roots as a mastering-focused studio. David Glasser, Airshow’s founder and Chief Engineer, is joined in the facility by Anna Frick, Senior Mastering Engineer. Anna continues to manage archive projects through Airshow’s Restoration Center.
David says his design objective was simple: to have a room that is sonically and ergonomically familiar to him and his clients, with slightly improved sonic performance. David and Sam have collaborated and built their friendship over 15 years, sharing a common musical sensibility. Working with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the background, Sam Berkow stayed up late one night to sketch David’s room, which changed very little even as detailed construction drawings emerged. True to their shared objective, the room’s performance is exceptional, for stereo and surround projects alike. David describes the studio as his high-tech cabin in the woods, in the foothills just 15 minutes from downtown Boulder.
According to David, the room itself is a wonderful professional treat; recognition by the audio professionals who sit on the TEC Awards nominating committee is icing on the cake. To Sam and Dave both, the nomination signals the nominating committee’s interest in exceptional sonic performance achieved within real-world constraints.
Voting for the awards is by invitation; voters are active audio professionals with affiliations to organizations including AES and the NARAS P&E Wing; and subscription to professional publications. Voting opens November 15, 2017, with awards announced Saturday, January 28, at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
Photos of the room follow. You’ll find an informal discussion between Sam and Dave about the room here.
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