Having started AIR Mastering in 2006 with the legendary engineer Ray Staff, AIR completed the acquisition of Alchemy Mastering in August 2020. The new mastering operation is now branded as Alchemy Mastering at AIR.
Co-founded by Barry Grint and Phil Kinrade, the high-end audio mastering outfit has gone from strength to strength throughout its 22-year history, establishing a distinct reputation as one of the most forward-thinking studios in the industry.
Following the acquisition, AIR will continue its mastering operations while expanding their current facilities at the iconic Lyndhurst site. Meanwhile, a part of the team led by Alchemy’s founder Barry Grint will remain at their current Hammersmith location with a view to joining at the AIR headquarters in the near future.
The new Alchemy Mastering at AIR specialises in all formats of analogue and digital mastering, providing high-end audio services to the global music industry. From independent artists to major labels and cult TV soundtracks to Hollywood blockbusters, our team has the craft and vision to enhance your release.
Explore this page to find out more about our team, mastering suites, equipment, and a range of services including Online Mastering, Direct to Vinyl Recording, and Half Speed Mastering.
One of the most celebrated mastering engineers in the industry, Barry ‘Bazza’ Grint started his career in 1984 and founded Alchemy in 1998, after working at Abbey Road, Porky’s Mastering, Tape One, and the legendary Trident Studios. Having recently become a part of the AIR team, Barry will be working on nurturing new talent at Alchemy Mastering at AIR.See full profile
John has worked with artists such as George Michael, on albums including his UK No. 1 Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged and This is How, as well as for David Bowie, The Divine Comedy, Echo & the Bunnymen, MF DOOM, and Anna Meredith.See full profile
Spanning across a wide array of genres, Cicely’s work includes early releases from the saxophonist Nubya Garcia, as well as soundtrack albums for Stephen Warbeck and Harry Escott, and Laurence Love-Greed’s Welsh Bafta-winning score.See full profile
Kevin’s portfolio to date includes some of the most exciting artists in the UK and internationally, such as Koffee, Headie One, Chaka Khan, Alfie Templeman, Kelly Rowland, The Magic Gang, Crystal Fighters, Sinéad Harnett, JC Stewart, Nines, and Bruno Major. Before joining Alchemy Mastering in 2019, he worked out of Metropolis Mastering and The Pierce Rooms. He joined AIR in 2020 upon the studios’ acquisition of Alchemy.See full profile
Jasper joined AIR after completing his Tonmeister degree at the University of Surrey with a final-year thesis on mastering.See full profile
As a mastering engineer specialising in catalogue, mainstream, compilations, and restoration, Phil has worked with iconic artists such as Elton John, Blondie, The Specials, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and Donna Summer. More recently, he has been mastering Grammy Award-winning Amy Wadge’s EP, When Did You Get Old?, and remastering Ultravox’s Vienna 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.See full profile
Ray’s creative skill and technical knowledge make him one of the world’s best mastering and remastering engineers.See full profile
Alchemy Mastering at AIR now boasts four suites across two locations, at the iconic Lyndhurst site and in Hammersmith, providing excellent facilities, equipment, and staff.
AIR 1 features an in-house custom console and Avocet mastering controls. The Sequoia DAW is fed through Cranesong convertors to the incredible, ATC P2 powered, TAD Reference One speakers. Analogue replay is from a custom Studer A80 or Ampex ATR100. The Neumann VMS80 vinyl cutting lathe has been equipped with a half-speed mod.
Alchemy 1 features a custom console based around Maslec MTC mastering controls and the legendary Sontec MES-432D. The Sequoia DAW is fed through DAD convertors to ATC P2 powered KEF Reference monitors. The Neumann VMS80 vinyl cutting lathe is equipped with a half-speed mod.
Alchemy 2 has a Maslec console, Sequoia DAW, DAD convertors and ATC 150A monitoring. Analogue replay is a Studer A80 with custom Ampex amplifiers. The Neuman VMS80 vinyl cutting lathe is equipped with a half speed mod.
Alchemy 3 specialises in audio restoration with a Sterling Plan A and Focusrite Blue 300 mastering console feeding ATC25A monitors. With replay from Studer A820, Sony 1630, Nakamichi DR2 all formats can be catered to.
Online Mastering makes it possible to start the process of getting your tracks mastered right now. Enter your details and upload your tracks by whatever method suits you the best – WeTransfer, Dropbox, or our own Mastering Filedrop service. We will get back to you with a quote for your requirements straight away.See more