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Two happy listeners after a long and productive session

Two happy listeners after a long and productive session

This month, Airshow Boulder changes both location and studio configuration. The new facility in the foothills above Boulder includes a mastering control room and a production workstation area. David Glasser and Anna Frick continue to offer a full range of mastering services from the new studio, which is designed to provide an even more accurate listening environment.

The design of a recording studio is often a complex process that requires balancing the perception of what is important to the owner and the designer(s). When almost anyone starts to even seriously think about building a studio, they assemble a team. Everyone on that team starts off agreeing that a studio should ultimately “sound good” and provide a “productive work environment,” but determining just how the available dollars get allocated, or what the best way to approach a range of issues can be challenging, straining both budgets and friendships.

For mastering engineer and studio owner David Glasser and acoustical designer Sam Berkow, these challenges have been easily resolved over the past 13 years, working on expansions of the Airshow facilities both east and west. Both David and Sam are excited to celebrate the opening of the new Airshow Boulder, with an awesome view located 7,100 ft. above sea level.

We barely had time for the paint to dry before the sessions began. The first week of operations saw projects from trumpeter Terrell Stafford (a Frank Sinatra tribute), an EP from long-time friend and client Jeff Austin and his new band, producer/guitarist Jono Manson’s new solo project, and the very first session in the new room: an album of jazz standards from vocalist Charito engineered by Tally Sherwood.

After some R&R at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, studio designer Sam Berkow spent some time listening with David Glasser and taking measurements. The two also talk about what questions shaped the buildout of the new location, what improvements to David’s previous room were necessary, and how the engineer vs. designer dynamic plays out over the course of a project.

David and Sam were giddy after shooting SmaarT measurements of the new room. In that spirit, they sat down and interviewed each other about the room’s design and the results “on the ground.”

Sam: So David, after 13 years in your last room, and 19 years in the same location, why move now?

Dave: After running a multi-room studio complex, I decided to reduce the amount of time I spend managing other engineers, and focus more time on mastering projects for my clients. This move also reflects the changing nature of the music business, where multi-room studios are more rare. While Airshow does well at both locations, it was my vision to really focus on mastering rather than management that drove me to make this move. The new place is located near my home, with almost no commute to work.

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