An AVS Forum Interview

The interview that I did with David Bott and Scott Wilkinson during CE Week has been posted. I’ve included it in today’s post for those that might be interested in watching it. I’ve been on Scott “Home Theater Geeks” show a number of times and it never ceases to amaze me how many people tune in to his weekly video podcasts. They tell me it’s over 10,000 and based on the number of people that email me after the program, I believe it.

Click Here to see the interview.

The same has been happening this past weekend. Since the interview went live, there’s been a lot flurry of activity at the Real HD-Audio site asking for the FTP credentials. I sent the login information to over 700 people since this site went live about 8 weeks ago. But I haven’t heard back from more than a few dozen with their reactions…good or bad (I haven’t received any negative comments…yet!). I haven’t figured out whether that virtual silence is an endorsement or not. I would encourage you to send me an email or post a comment letting me know if you find the quality of the audio to your liking. I’m not talking about the musical selections…that’s always going to be a matter of personal taste…but whether you can hear the difference between a track that has no processing applied to it and the usual fair that you listen to.

Scott Wilkinson and I go back a long way. He and I were fellow students at CSUN in Northridge, California back in the late 70s and early 80s. I actually recorded his senior recital (as I did most others at the time) on trombone in 1980 on a PCM F1 digital recorder. It’s always good to get together with Scott and it was nice to reconnect with David after a few years.

As you can see in the interview, the idea was hatched to have an AVS Forum get together at my facility sometime in the near future. I’m open to the idea. I’ve done it before with several different groups including the LA and OC Audiophile Society (they’ve been here twice) and the Southern California Home Theater Club.

I’ve even thought of having a “Session with Dr. AIX” at the studio for interested music lovers/audiophiles. This would be a daylong seminar/educational/demonstration event that would information and excite participants about the kind of recordings that are possible using a new approach and philosophy. I haven’t fully baked this idea but it seems like the time might be close. If you’re a resident of the area and this seems like something that you would be interested in, send me a note. I’ve got some things that I could share that will leave you wanting more.

Obviously, a person that has dedicated so much of his time and resources as a “labor of love”, as David Bott puts it in the interviews, to producing great quality audio recordings, loves to get feedback. Here are a couple of emails that I go today:

“My first 2 AIX Blu-rays have now arrived (Albert Lee & Goldberg variations) and the sound quality is truly magnificent, when watching the video content as well it’s like you’re in the studio with the musicians, seems very personal, if that make sense, even on my 2 ch. Set-up. I played both twice all evening and into the night, I couldn’t drag myself away from it. I will be ordering a couple more next week.” Martin

“I recently received your calibration/demo BD along with the BD Sampler 2013. WOW! I can’t believe how great the sound and picture is, having recently updated my TV.” Rick


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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