Dr. AIX's POSTS — 23 November 2015


I’m staring down a very daunting task. In the next week or so, I have to clear out of the room that holds all of my records, my fulfillment area, my wife’s order desk area, and my own office corner. It took me over a month to get this room all put together when I moved out of the rear of the building and I can’t imagine how I’m going to vacate the space in such a short time. But it has to be done so that I can turn this 900 square feet into three new studios…for a producer/engineer and a couple of his associates. It seems my fortunes are largely tied to the number of studio spaces I can make available in the building that my wife and I purchased 9 years ago.

A large number of younger audio engineers, musicians, producers, DJs, and composers are seeking homes for their little enterprises and this building has become a first home for their studios and businesses. I walked past one of the rooms (my former office in the rear of the building) earlier today and heard one of my new tenants holding a singing lesson. He and his student were singing arpeggios from each chromatic pitch he played on his sampled piano. There are all kinds of musical activities happening in the space. I’m thrilled.

Not to worry, I’ll still have the main studio in the rear of the building and I’ll be moving my desk and several computers to the small office just outside the current space. I’m creeping closer to the day when I spend more time at the beach running with Charlie than I do here at the studio. But that day hasn’t come yet. I’m making good progress on the book (more on that in a future post) and anxious to make some new recordings next year. I said I’m getting closer but not that close.


Figure 1 – The space in the front of my building that will be emptied to make room for three new studios.

But right now I’ve got to figure out where to store a lot of boxes, old equipment, and misc stuff. Undoubtedly, I’ll be offering some stuff on eBay (I’ve got a really great DAC from PS Audio…it’s the Ultralink form about 15 years ago. It still sound great but doesn’t do high-res) and taking whole bunch of aging hard drives to the local tech recycling place. The rest will wind up upstairs or in a storage space.

There will be three new custom studios built in this space over the next couple of months. The plan includes a 5.1 surround mix room complete with video projection; a live room large enough for a moderate sized drum kit, and a smaller “in-the-box” production room. Each room will have double soundproof doors, isolated HVAC, and non-parallel walls for optimum sound. I realize this isn’t necessarily the kind of project that any of you would contemplate building at home, but it might interest your musician offspring. So I’m going to be sharing the planning, design, construction, and equipping of these rooms over the next 8 weeks. The new tenants plan to move in on the first of February. There’s no time to waste.

Stay tuned.

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About Author


Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called iTrax.com. A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

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