Multifaceted campaign has garnered variety of support

May 5, 2020

In an update to its recently launched dCS Legends Award campaign, dCS (Data Conversion Systems, Ltd.) announced today the latest developments in its multifaceted music education and promotion program.

The dCS Legends Award was conceived to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of a select group of recording, mixing, and mastering engineers who have strived throughout their careers to deliver the finest music listening experience possible. The program also underscores the growing industry trend toward ‘studio quality’ high-
resolution streaming services.

“dCS is overwhelmed by the positive response that our dCS Legends Award campaign has received from both music professionals and enthusiasts alike,” said David J. Steven, Managing Director of dCS. “We have been working closely with the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® to identify and tell the incredible
stories behind a diverse group of legendary engineers, and we plan to continue this effort through the remainder of this year”.

Extensive Promotional Effort
Since its announcement of Bob Ludwig as the initial recipient of the dCS Legends Award during the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention last Fall, dCS has launched supporting print and digital ads featuring Bob and iconic engineers Al Schmitt, Tony Faulkner, and Chuck Ainlay (please see attached). Similar ads are
scheduled for release in the upcoming months for such luminaries as Frank Filipetti, James Guthrie, Leslie Ann Jones, George Massenburg, John Newton, Elliot Scheiner, Mark Wilder, and the late Ed Cherney, who dCS also honored with a contribution to the COVID-19 Relief Fund established by the Recording Academy and MusiCares®.

In addition to these promotional assets, each new dCS Legends Award includes a variety of other supporting media. These include website banners, video clips, in-store materials, and exclusive audio interviews as part of podcast series titled ‘The Other Side of the Glass’, available from the dCS Legends microsite ( and services such as Apple Music and Spotify. Each dCS Legends Award recipient also receives a limited-edition, commemorative version of dCS’ acclaimed Bartók Digital-Analog Converter.

The dCS Legends Award program has received extensive coverage from a wide range of media, including publications like Widescreen Review, The Absolute Sound, Analog Planet, Audiophile Style, Billboard, CE Daily, Dealerscope, HD Guru, Part Time Audiophile, Pro Sound News, Soundbard, Stereophile, and TWICE. The entire effort has also been embraced by both major and independent music labels; along with leading specialty audio dealersfrom across the globe whose missions are aligned with the dCS Legends message.

dCS LEGENDS GRAMMY Winning Recordings

Al Schmitt
Henry Mancini - Hatari!
George Benson - Breezin’
Steely Dan - Aja
Toto - Toto IV
Diana Krall - The Look of Love
Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company

Bob Ludwig
Mumford & Sons - Babel
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (surround mix)
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Beck - Morning Phase
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Chuck Ainlay
Miranda Lambert - Platinum
George Strait - Troubadour
Peter Frampton - Fingerprints
Dire Straights - Brothers in Arms – 20th Anniversary Edition (surround mix)

Ed Cherney
Bonnie Raitt - Longing In Their Hearts
Buddy Guy - Blues Singer
Willie Nelson – Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings
Willie Nelson - My Way

Elliot Scheiner
Steely Dan - Aja
Steely Dan - Gaucho
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature
Donald Fagen - Morph The Cat (surround mix)
Derek and the Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (surround mix)
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (surround mix)

Frank Filipetti
Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Book of Mormon - Original Broadway Cast The Color Purple
James Taylor - Hourglass

George Massenburg
Linda Ronstadt - Cry Like A Rain Storm, Howl Like The Wind
Linda Ronstadt - Dedicated To The One I Love
Patty Loveless - Mountain Soul II

James Guthrie
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Roger Waters - Amused To Death (surround mix)

John Newton
Grechaninov: Passion Week
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs
Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
Life & Breath - Choral Works by Rene Clausen
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Virgil
Duruflé: Complete Choral Work

Leslie Ann Jones
Kronos Quartet - Alban Berg: Lyric Suite
Dianne Reeves - Goodnight and Good Luck
Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works
Laura Karpman’s Ask Your Mama - The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley Sun Rings

Mark Wilder
Bob Dylan - The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12
Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11
Bill Withers - The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums
Billie Holiday - Lady Day – The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944
Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings
Miles Davis and Gil Evans - The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Tony Faulkner
Evgeny Kissin - Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky

For more information on the dCS Legends Award program, contact John Quick, General Manager of dCS Americas Inc., or Krysti Hamilton, Head of Marketing and Communications of dCS Ltd,