September, 2013

Let’s “Enhance” Digital Discs

Here’s the bottom line on digital discs: there is nothing you can do to the actual disc that will improve the fidelity of the audio reproduced from it. Period. This assumes, of course, that you have [...]

The Need to Clean

Music has been distributed for many decades on spinning flat discs. There have been 78 rpm lacquer discs, 33 1/3 rpm LP vinyl discs, 45 rpm vinyl singles and albums in the analog domain AND compact [...]

Another FLAC Attack

FLAC is a well-known lossless audio codec that is widely supported. It’s a lossless scheme that is able to compress a standard PCM soundfile and then uncompress it back to its original form…exactly. FLAC also supports [...]

What’s All The FLAC About?

I learned something interesting the other day thanks to a reader email. While it’s seems counter intuitive, there is such a thing as an “uncompressed” FLAC sound file. I say counter intuitive because FLAC is one [...]

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

What do they say? A picture is worth a thousand words. So why not use illustrations to bolster the case for one format or another? Because the manipulation of an image or the subconscious message that [...]

Upcoming AES

I’m a member of the Audio Engineering Society. I think I’ve been a member for over 25 years or something like that. Going to the AES convention in San Francisco or Los Angeles was always a [...]

The Writing of “We Belong”

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Eric Lowen and I writing “We Belong”. At that point, Eric and I had been friends for five years, with an on-and-off partnership that was, at that moment, off (like [...]

Eric Lowen: Remembering

Eight years ago, I recorded the folk duo Lowen & Navarro for a “Collectors Edition” double DVD release on AIX Records. I knew Dan Navarro through an entrepreneurs group but it was other mutual friendships that [...]

The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth – Part II

This is the second part of a post that started yesterday. I’m talking about some of the “marketing spin” that websites use to make their offering more compelling. I took the following line from the About [...]

The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth

It’s almost impossible to put aside one’s own self interest when preparing a sales piece or writing a few paragraphs for your website’s “About Us” page and avoid hyperbole and marketing spin. I recognize that. I’m [...]