SPARS Spotlights new member Airshow

AirshowFor over 25 years Airshow’s mission has been to help career musicians make great sounding recordings.

Airshow has studio facilities in Boulder, CO and Takoma Park, MD with over 9,000 square feet of production space. Acoustic design  by Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics met Airshow’s goals for sonic precision and technical flexibility.

Boulder Mastering CAirshow’s provided mastering services to clients across a wide range of genres, from the pop music of “Glee” to the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, to Herbie Mann to David Bromberg. Rock artist clients include the Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Fall Out Boy and Bob Mould. Among many roots and acoustic artists are Tommy Emmanuel, Pete Seeger and Ralph Stanley. In addition to its core business of mastering for all media from CD to download in its five well-equipped mastering suites, Airshow offers the following services:

Tracking and Mixing –  The tracking studio in the Takoma Park facility features  a 1943 Steinway B piano, an extensive collection of vintage amplifiers & guitars, a Tacoma Park Control Alarge ProTools HD system, and a large and varied selection of microphones; a second mix room in Takoma Park and two mix suites in Boulder feature large ProTools HD systems and outboard collections.

The Restoration Center – The Center is a suite of services for digitizing, transferring, preserving and restoring all types of audio recordings – from 78 RPM discs to Sony F1 digital tapes, DSD audio files and analog tape on common and uncommon track formats and speeds. Clients of the Restoration Center include the University of Colorado Music Library, Dine College in Tsaile, AZ, Louisiana State University and the National Maritime Museum; Airshow is a preferred audio services vendor to the University of Michigan Library.

Plangent Processes – Airshow is an exclusive partner of Plangent, offering analog tape transfers optimized for the Plangent speed correction and wow and flutter removal technology. Plangent has been utilized on many high-profile releases including Airshow projects by Pete Seeger and the Grateful Dead.

DSD/SACD Mastering and Authoring – Airshow was one of the first commercial studios to offer DSD editing and mastering for SACD, including SACD authoring. Boulder and Takoma Park are both equipped with DSD workstations, converters, and SACD production tools. Mastering Studio C in Boulder and Mastering Studio A in Takoma Park are set up for 5.1 surround work.

Surround Mixing and Mastering – Airshow has been a proponent and practitioner of surround sound since 1999 when David Glasser mastered the SACD release of Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking “Tubular Bells”. Projects mastered at Airshow earned several Surround Music Awards. Feature-length surround music credits include David’s remastering of “The Grateful Dead Movie” and Frank’s mixing of “Les Paul: Live in New York City.”


Beyond the technology and studio space, it’s Airshow’s impressive engineer roster and their uncommon talent and years of experience that set Airshow apart.

David GlasserDavid Glasser is an Airshow co-owner and the chief mastering engineer at Airshow’s Boulder studios.  David has over 35 years of experience in audio engineering and has mastered thousands of records, including more than 80 Grammy nominees. A three-time nominee, he earned two Grammy awards for mastering and restoration of the culturally significant “Anthology of American Folk Music” (1997) and “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton” (2002)

Recently David has mastered projects for Hot Tuna, Tim Reynolds, Bill Kirchen, Otis Taylor, John Popper, The Grateful Dead( including the upcoming massive 73-disc Europe 72 box set), David Bromberg, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, String Cheese Incident,  and Todd Park Mohr .


Charlie PilzerCharlie Pilzer is an Airshow co-owner and the chief mastering engineer in Takoma Park. Over 30 years his path has included performing, producing, and engineering award-winning classical, jazz, folk and acoustic music and sharing his love of the traditions with audiences, listeners, and other musicians around the world.

Charlie’s been involved in every stage of music production.  He takes time out to tour with several groups on double bass, works in the field for recording or live sound reinforcement, and tracks and mixes at Airshow in addition to his mastering specialty.  Charlie’s success with mastering and recording the many genres of music made in the mid-Atlantic region – from gospel to folk, world music to rock – can be attributed to his broad base of experience and musical knowledge.  In addition to mastering a dozen Grammy-nominated and -winning projects, Charlie received a Grammy for mastering and restoration of Smithsonian Folkways’ “Anthology of American Folk Music” (1997).


Dominick MaitaDominick Maita joined Airshow in 2004, bringing more than 30 years of recording, mixing, and mastering experience. Having in-depth knowledge of every stage of the recording process gives Dominick an especially clear understanding of all that has gone into a client’s project before it comes to mastering. This insight means he can quickly focus on how to bring out the best in a recording.

These days Dominick is often found working on the music for the hit television series “Glee”, for which he masters all of the released songs as the episodes prepare to air.  In between “Glee” episodes he finds time to work with a staggering variety of music from around the country, or to pick a Chet Atkins tune or two on one of his beautiful guitars.


Randy LeRoyRandy LeRoy joined Airshow from Nashville, where he spent 30 years as an engineer. A  position as assistant to Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics gave him the analog and digital mastering skills that he has continued to refine for the last two decades. In 1991 Randy started Final Stage Mastering, where he served as chief engineer and manager until he joined Airshow’s Takoma Park studios in 2010.

Randy’s long relationships with bluegrass, country, and gospel labels such as Compass Records, Universal Records, and New Haven Records are a testament to his skill and experience mastering these genres.  Recently, Randy has worked with Jamey Johnson, Catie Curtis, Erin Enderlin, Jim Lauderdale, Colin Hay, and Dale Ann Bradley.


Frank MarchandFrank Marchand, formerly the proprietor of Waterford Digital, spearheads tracking and mixing services in Takoma Park. He’s well known in the mid-Atlantic region for his fearless approach to recording music of all styles.  Starting his music career as a bass player, Frank quickly became a sought after member of the live sound/recording studio community working in the indie rock scenes of Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. His connoisseur’s collection of instruments, amps, mics and outboard gear gives him the tools to achieve whatever sound is needed on a project.

In addition to his recent touring schedule with guitarist Nils Lofgren, Frank is busy working on projects with Under The Flood, Yell County and Bob Mould. Frank mixed the feature-length film, “Les Paul, Live in New York City,” in stereo and surround.


James TuttleJames Tuttle is well known in the mountain region and the southwest as a talented recording and mixing engineer.  Since 1975, James has engineered and produced music projects in the Boulder/Denver area, Austin and the west, including concert-length videos, festival recordings, TV music series and live radio broadcasts. He’s earned recording and/or mixing credit on hundreds of rock, pop, and folk records over the years and is the regular music mixer for the national variety show, “eTown”.

James can often be found in the field, producing location recordings and providing sound reinforcement.  He spends the rest of his time mixing in Airshow’s Mix A with representatives of the Colorado acoustic music and progressive bluegrass scene including Spring Creek, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band.


Jon GoldJon Gold joins Airshow this month from Taos, NM, where he ran Dead Horse Studio.  With several decades of engineering experience, Jon is a respected talent in the region, with many New Mexico Music Awards for song writing, engineering, and production.  His skill with genres from folk and country, rock, Americana, and blues makes him a great addition to Airshow’s engineer roster.

A musician since the age of eight, Jon grew up inspired by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles.  Performing professionally for four decades with bands in a variety of styles gives Jon a unique talent when combined with his engineering prowess.  He’s worked with artists of the Southwest US such as Robert Mirabal, Little Le Roy and the Blue Reys, Vivian Thompson, and Michael Hearne, and companies including NPR and NBC Universal.

For booking, please contact

Andrew Starr in Boulder

Janine Wilson in Takoma Park

Or call 888.545.9035

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