Acoustician and studio designer Andy Munro (pictured),will be the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award while BEIRG (the British Entertainment Industry Radio Group) will scoop the Grand Prix prize at the Pro Sound Awards at the Ministry of Sound in London on 19 September. Fourteen other award winners from across the spectrum of pro-audio will be revealed on the night.
The unanimous choice of Munro and BEIRG was made by the Awards team – the editors of Intent Media titles Audio Pro International, MI Pro, Audio Media, Installation, TVBEurope, Music Week and PSNEurope.
“I am extremely flattered to be given this accolade,” Munro commented on hearing the news. “The world of acoustics has often been regarded with a mixture of suspicion and reverence, a status quo I have always tried to debunk so I accept gratefully this award as recognition of a job well done by everyone at Munro Acoustics.”
In 1980 Munro started his own design practice, specialising in studio design and acoustic analysis, using techniques such as time-delay spectrometry that, at the time, were not generally known in the UK.
It has also been revealed that the Grand Prix prize, sponsored by DiGiCo, will be awarded to BEIRG. “BEIRG is absolutely delighted to pick up this award. To receive industry recognition for our collective efforts over the last nine years is very satisfying,” said the Group’s Alan March.
Since 2004, BEIRG has campaigned to ensure everyone involved in PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) has continued access to sufficient quantities of interference-free spectrum.
Headline sponsors for the event are DiGiCo and Sennheiser, with further sponsorship provided by Focusrite Novation, Fineline Media Finance, Genelec, Martin Audio, Medialease, Sony and ISE, plus support from ISCE, IABM, the Institute of Acoustics and The Space in Brighton. The charity partner for the evening is Nordoff Robbins.