About

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jasper joined AIR after completing his Tonmeister degree at the University of Surrey with a final-year thesis on mastering.

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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.

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Ray’s creative skill and technical knowledge make him one of the world’s best mastering and remastering engineers.

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Mastering Suites

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 Suite 1

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 Suite 1

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 Suite 2

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 Suite 3

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.

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Services

Your tape or digital audio is fed through our range of top-end analogue/digital processors. We produce a digital WAV file for use on all music streaming services.
We cut your audio onto a 14" lacquer (a pre-master) ready for the pressing plant to create your vinyl records. Our experienced engineers perform the transfer on our VMS80 cutting lathe and ensure your music is optimised for the format.
Previously known as ‘Mastered for iTunes’ Apple Digital Mastering is a specialist workflow that ensures the stamp of approval from Apple when buying or streaming music via their services. Each of our engineers are certified with Apple to carry out this process.
Recording, mixing and vinyl come together as we record live performances from Lyndhurst Hall or Studio 1 directly onto a vinyl pre-master in our mastering room. This is the ultimate pure analogue recording.
Vinyl mastering but with the turntable, electronics and audio set to half its original speed. Your tracks will benefit from improved groove ‘accuracy’ as the cutting takes twice as long to transcribe the audio. This reduces mechanical stress and results in a smoother, more natural top end.
CDs are still commonly used for physical music sales. AIR will master, sequence and create DDP pre-masters for your CD replication.

News

CUES: with Rupert Coulson @__roop__

One of the few engineers to have experienced all three incarnations of AIR Studios, Rupert started at AIR’s legendary Oxford Street studio in 1987.

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An industry on its knees needs more like this. Making an album with @CapitalVoicesUK in a socially distanced @AIRstudios. 3 days of singing = Heaven. (I'm on the far right, perfectly blocked😶)

Another #EnolaHolmes soundtrack session..

Here’s the full orchestra @AIRstudios - minus a few quirky bits and bobs - conducted by @andrew_skeet playing a take of “The Game Is Afoot”

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Dropping clues. Millie Bobby Brown stars as Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’ estranged teen sister, in this new mystery adventure.

Daniel Pemberton’s @DANIELPEMBERTON original film score was recorded in The Hall. Streaming on Netflix starting today.

#EnolaHolmes  #AIRstudios

End of a fab project with the wonderful Rachel Portman, @RPcomposer. Brilliant playing from everyone. And before you ask, no, I wasn’t playing myself! Thank you to all involved including @AIRstudios & @AbbeyRoad. Looking forward to seeing this film later this year! @Disney plus

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Contact

Get in touch for more information about Alchemy Mastering at AIR by using the form below.

If you already know what you’d like to have mastered then please use our Online Mastering Booking form.

mastering@airstudios.com

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