Boulder, CO (January 15, 2004)–Airshow Mastering recently finished audio restoration and mastering work on the epic box set Goodbye Babylon, a 6-disc collection of gospel recordings dating from the 1920s through 1950s. Produced by Lance Ledbetter to inaugurate his Dust-to-Digital record label, the set contains 135 songs from performers as diverse as Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Blind Willie McTell, the Stanley Brothers, Thomas A. Dorsey, and many others–famous and obscure–plus a disc of 25 fire and brimstone sermons.
The audio restoration and mastering was by done by Matt Sandoski and David Glasser from disc, and tape transfers by Lance Ledbetter, Jack Towers and others. David Henry and Ryan Avery assisted on the sessions. “Because we have a steady stream of important historical recordings pass through the studio, every Airshow engineer gets to develop his restoration skills,” said Glasser. “We’re fortunate to be able to field a skilled engineering team for a project of this significance.”
Ledbetter, added, “Since the source material was so important, yet limited, I knew sound restoration would be critical. When Airshow Mastering came on board, my mind was at ease. I know the artists would have been very proud of the sound we achieved.”
Airshow Mastering operates studios in Boulder CO and Springfield VA. Last year Glasser and Sandoski received a Grammy for mastering Screamin’ and Hollerin’The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton (Revenant Records). In 2003, the company created The Restoration Center @ Airshow Mastering, as a way to extend its expertise with historical recordings to the pressing problem of audio archive preservation, serving libraries and private collections. Its first large-scale digitization project is Naropa University’s unique archive of post-WWII American poets.