After its recent acquisition of Alchemy Mastering, London’s AIR Studios has consolidated its prime position in this market by appointing Nikki Affleck to the post of Head of Mastering for Alchemy Mastering at AIR.

Formerly head of A&R Administration & Recording at Island Records, Affleck is well known within the UK music industry, having held numerous high-profile positions over the past 30 years. Her extensive experience encompasses studio management for facilities such as Townhouse, Sphere and Nomis, and A&R roles at labels such as RCA, Universal and Polydor.

Nikki AffleckIn her new position, Affleck will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Alchemy Mastering at AIR and promoting AIR Studios’ new mastering facilities that are currently under construction at its Lyndhurst premises in North London.

‘Nikki is perfect for this role because she combines a thorough understanding of the recording and mastering business with extensive music industry contacts,’ says Senior Mastering Engineer Barry Grint, one of the original founders of Alchemy Mastering. ‘We are very lucky to have her on the team, particularly at this crucial time in our development.’

AIR Studios was founded in 1970 by Beatles producer and Oscar-nominated composer Sir George Martin, and opened its mastering facility in 2006 with Ray Staff at the helm. Among the artists whose projects have been mastered at AIR Studios are David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, George Michael, Nile Rodgers, John Coltrane, and Echo & The Bunnymen.

Alchemy Mastering at AIR launched in 2020, following AIR Studios’ acquisition of Alchemy Mastering, the high-end business set up by Grint and Phil Kinrade in 1998. Renowned for the quality of its work, Alchemy Mastering has tackled many chart-topping projects for artists including girl in red, A$AP Rocky, Koffee, Tom Walker, Headie One, Orla Gartland and London Grammar.

‘Having started my career in studios, I am very much looking forward to moving back into this area of the business at the legendary AIR Studios,’ Affleck says. ‘It is exciting to be starting a new chapter and to have the opportunity of working with the amalgamated Alchemy Mastering at AIR, and the very talented engineers – established and new – that it has to offer.’

‘It’s only been a year since Alchemy Mastering became part of AIR, and the results that our mastering engineers have already delivered have exceeded our expectations,’ says AIR Studios Director Kamila Serkebaeva. ‘We are working against a long-term goal to maximise market share and unrivalled service quality. Appointing Nikki as the Head of the department was the natural next step in establishing AIR as a leader in audio mastering.’

Alchemy Mastering at AIR is currently operating from two sites – AIR Studios in North London and Hammersmith, where Alchemy already had mastering facilities. However, in 2022 the entire operation will be housed at Lyndhurst, once building work on three new studios is completed.

More: www.airstudios.com

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