I’m back — and ready to restart these posts in 2018. Most of you know that I’ve been buried by the completion of the Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound book and demonstration Blu-ray disc, consulting with the YARRA 3DX team in San Diego on their very successful funding campaign, and dealing with a variety of other things. I apologize for the long absence but it was unavoidable.
The Book Is Done!
The original plan for the Music and Audio book was to survey music basics and reflect on high-end audio — write a book about the same length as other similar books at 400-500 pages. The final pages count can in just short of 900 pages and includes almost 300 illustrations. The printer tells me that each book weighs about 3.1 pounds (and that’s without the included Blu-ray disc). I should be getting 6 palettes weighing 8000 pounds late this month and will promptly begin sending them out to a group of very anxious and patient supporters. But the eBook in PDF format has been available for just over a week and the feedback has been very encouraging. Here’s a few of my favorites:
“The book is amazing. Good work. You’ve created what I now consider the “bible” of audio. I spent all last night reading your book, and I learned more in that 6 hours than knowledge gained over multiple years of reading a patchwork of other sources online.”
“I just had to write you a quick note to say that after dipping into several of the chapters of your book I have to commend you for the gargantuan effort that you put into it. The care and expertise you poured into it are so appreciated and really a joy to read!”
“This is a staggeringly extensive but balanced and insightful work of outstanding merit. I would not say it will become a standard in its field but THE GOLD STANDARD.”
There have been some challenges getting the demonstration sound files downloaded to campaign backers. The demo tracks, comparisons, and test tones are over 20 gigabytes. I blew up my Dropbox account within the first day and then someone deleted all of the files from my FTP site. Honestly, the best way to experience the best of high-resolution audio is to get a copy of the Blu-ray disc — with or without the book. I’ll talk through the demos in future posts.
Interestingly, I received an email from Robert Stuart as I neared completion and I sent him a copy of the chapter on MQA, which is titled MQA…A Solution To What?. As a friend and contributor to the book, I assured him that I would let him review his interview and the chapter on MQA. He expressed some concerns after having seen a few pages posted in a Kickstarter update. I also asked him about the MQA conversions that have been done of my files and promised to me (almost 4 years ago now). I have not heard back from him about any changes or when I might be able to evaluate the MQA’s AIX Records audio files. The chapter stands as written.
The eBook is available now and the physical books will be shipped at the end of the month. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have this project behind me. Now it’s time to promote it. I’ve set up a FB page and will attending AXPONA and RMAF this year. See you there.
Let’s all hope for a great 2018!