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.
“As a pioneer in high resolution audio and a leading manufacturer of digital converters for more than three decades, dCS is proud to provide both consumers and professionals alike with state-of-the-art audio components” stated David Steven, Managing Director of dCS. “Our mission is to continually develop products that bring listeners closer to the music that the artist, producer and engineer intended. We are pleased to join with the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing today in presenting the initial dCS Legends Award to renowned mastering engineer Bob Ludwig”.
Mastering Icon Bob Ludwig was announced as the initial recipient of the dCS Legends Award at the campaign launch event. Bob was honoured during a special reception held in conjunction with the 147th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York City.
In addition to Bob Ludwig, during the coming year, the dCS Legends Award will celebrate other recording industry icons for their achievements. Upcoming recipients include Chuck Ainlay, the late Ed Cherney, Tony Faulkner, Frank Filipetti, James Guthrie, Leslie Ann Jones, George Massenburg, John Newton, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt and Mark Wilder. All of these recipients will receive a limited edition, commemorative version of dCS’ acclaimed Bartók Headphone DAC (Digital Audio Converter).
Each engineer’s story will be told as part of a year- long global campaign which will feature interviews of these dCS Legends Award recipients, which will be available - along with select music clips from their GRAMMYR winning recordings – on a variety of podcasts, websites and social media.