AUDIO SHOWS Dr. AIX's POSTS — 29 May 2018

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There are a lot of audio shows. As the owner of a high-end record label and the author of Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound, I’m obligated to attend most of them. I have been a regular attendee at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, AXPONA, the Capitol Audio Fest, TAVES, the California Audio Show, The New York Audio Show, the Salon Audio, the Los Angeles Audio Show, and T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, which is happening at the end of this week! As many readers know, I even ventured to Munich recently to participate in the High End Show for the first time.

Trade shows provide an opportunity to meet attendees, share information, answer questions, and demonstrate your wares. It can be grueling and tiresome at times but I do enjoy sharing my expertise and experience. I particularly enjoyed giving demonstrations in a state-of-the-art ballroom filled with the best equipment. The many years that I’ve partnered with Oppo, JVC, Benchmark, DH Labs, Dolby, Bryston, B&W, Piega, Emotiva, Revel, and others were very rewarding. There’s nothing like playing a great track in immersive 5.1 surround sound for a group of uninitiated listeners. I got the same thrill when attendees sat down in front of the YARRA 3DX sound bar and heard binaural audio without headphones. Seeing a broad smile come across people’s faces when a new sound experience happens is very rewarding.

T.H.E. Show happens next weekend at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum (7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618) from 10 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the show closes at 5 pm. My booth number is A2 in the Main Marketplace. Since I don’t have to fly to this show, I’ll be bringing the entire catalog of AIX Records and plenty of books. I’ll also have lots of the latest AIX Records sampler, which has 72 tracks on it. The 2017 AIX Records sampler is free with any purchase BTW. I hope to see some of your at the show. Come by with your book and I’ll be happy to sign it.

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The RealHD-Audio YouTube Channel is in the planning stages! Yes, you heard it hear first. I’ve noticed that other bloggers have take to YT, so I thought I would give it a shot. I’m working on setting up the equipment and exploring the logistics. So stay tuned, you’ll be able to see me on the small screen very soon. If you’ve got questions or topics that you would like covered, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’ll send out a notice when the first one is posted. Thanks.

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Dr. AIX

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.

(3) Readers Comments

  1. Mark I will be anxious to see the YT Channel if you get it past the planning stages. I subscribe to a lot of these for information and content, but, please please please be consistent. You need to post your content in my opinion on a very rigid schedule regardless of anything else going on. Consistency is the key in my mind. Your blog here is the same, I recall when it was like clockwork that a post would come up and then comments were able to be followed on a daily basis but then suddenly weeks or a month or more would go by without a post or any user comments and honestly it keeps people from coming to the site and participating. Thanks for the continued information on all things audio. The book has been quite a read.

  2. Please, not another Max Headroom.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhBJHTMC-AQ
    There are too many talking heads out there already.
    I’d rather read Dr. AIX’s wonderful succinct prose which I have enjoyed for years. I can revisit paragraphs and sent links to friends. The written word rules.

    If you must do videos, talk really fast. Or post a transcript with the video. I refuse to listen for 5 minutes to what I can read in about one minute. With videos I usually can make it one minute, then I bail. The only thing worse than the current crop or technical Youtube videos is the current rage for audio only podcasts where the “host” drones on for up to an hour.

    • Thanks Mark..the plan is to continue to write the posts AND augment them with short video segments. They will be 2-5 minutes at the most. We’ll see how people respond.

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