Nashville, TN (May 22, 2015)—Records were set at the JBL Professional AudioMasters Live and Sweetwater AudioMasters, held on consecutive days at the Harpeth Hills Municipal Golf Course on the outskirts of Nashville—not records based on player skills, but rather on sponsorships, player counts and diversity of activities. 2015 marks the 18th year for the AudioMasters, with the second day, the AudioMasters Live, added in 2008. Sweetwater has been a perennial supporter of the AudioMasters, taking the title sponsorship for nearly a decade. JBL Professional joined in as AudioMasters Live title sponsor this year—as pictured—with a return in 2016 already promised.
The AudioMasters is a party, a golf tournament and a fundraiser—the primary funding source for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF), a home-grown non-profit corporation that provides assistance to Nashville-area audio professionals in times of crisis. "Nashville has such an awesome group of audio professionals and this event shows everyone's commitment towards a common goal,” said Mike Porter, chair of the Nashville AES Section—the section gave birth to NERF and which annually produces the AudioMasters. “The list includes student volunteers, tournament sponsors, players, the crew at Harpeth Hills Golf Course and so many others that give their time to make this event happen, not once, but twice in two days. As a result of their investments of time, effort and financial support, NERF is able to provide a hand-up to individuals in need."
That list of participants and sponsors included audio manufacturers, studios, gear and supply vendors, professional organizations, live and studio engineers and publications like Pro Sound News and Mix. API, which provides culinary adventures at its sponsored hole each year (Mexican shrimp cocktails and Tortuga Margaritas this time) also donated an additional $1,000 to NERF at the end of play. First-time sponsor Crown Seating gave away six chairs in a putting competition, and owner Steve Knight trumped the field with his team, Crown Seating, winning possession of the AudioMasters Cup for both days of play.
Sponsors included JBL Professional, Sweetwater, Genelec, Sound Construction and Supply, J Sound Services, DCR Digital Console Rentals & Rack Armor, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), RRF/The Recording Connection Audio Institute, Georgetown Masters, Clear-Com, Vine Street Liquors, Las Vegas Pro Audio/ATC, Grand Victor Sound, Clyne Media, Solid State Logic (SSL), Pepper’s Pro Shop, Black River Entertainment at Sound Stage, NTS Pro Media, Vintage King, API, Clair Global, Froggy’s Fog LLC, Echo Mountain, Southern Ground Nashville, Welcome to 1979 Studios, Audio-Technica, Iron Mountain, Blackbird Audio Rentals and Studios, Crown Seating, Pro Sound News/Pro Audio Review, MIX Magazine, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter/P&E Wing, Trew Audio, Corky’s BBQ and Ribs of Brentwood, Morris Light and Sound, Recording Studio Insurance Program and Focusrite/Novation. Special thanks to student volunteers from Belmont University, SAE Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University.
Nashville Engineer Relief Fund