dCS Launches Legendary Engineers Award Program at AES
High-resolution audio digital-to-analog converter manufacturer dCS took the occasion of the 147th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York City Oct. 16 to present the first award in its newly launched dCS Legends Award Program to engineer Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering, whose work in mastering has spanned virtually every music genre, including such well-known recordings as Babel, Beyonce (surround mix), Brothers In Arms, The Layla Sessions, Morning Phase and Random Access Memories. Ludwig was cited for his “outstanding talents and his passionate pursuit of the latest recording technologies.”
The award was the first in a series that will be bestowed to a string of legendary engineers over the course of a 12-month campaign. According to dCS, the award was conceived to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of an elite group of recording, mixing and mastering engineers who have strived throughout their careers to deliver the finest music experience possible. The award also underscores the growing trend towards ‘studio quality’ high-resolution download and streaming services for music enthusiasts.
Marc Finer, principal of Communication Research and organizer of the reception event, noted how this program dovetails with the industry focus over the last six years on high-resolution audio, citing the number of “leading electronics manufacturers, music labels and trade associations who are pro-actively engaged in its promotion.” He also alluded to the launch in September of the Amazon Music HD service, offering CD and high-resolution uncompressed lossless streaming music delivery, as underscoring the importance of industry support for high-resolution audio.