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.

10 thoughts on “Neil Young Replaces John Hamm As Pono CEO!

  • July 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    I agree Mark. When I saw this announcement the first thing that came to mind was this is the beginning of the end. time will tell. BTW, are you still planning on attending the Capital Audio fest?

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  • July 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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    That spells doom for PONO being an independent brand. The number crunches must see it as a product and not a brand or music service. Perhaps they will sell out to Apple, as well as with Beats.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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      I will withhold judgement until I see what happens.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Mark, please do not be negative about Pono. Regardless of your valid critical insights on both the meaning of hi-res(about which we slightly disagree,) and the Pono move, anyone or any organization that is serious about significantly raising the median level of publicly available music sound quality at this critical time for hi-fi and folk benefitting from increased musical involvement and rewards is to be supported and praised to the skies, Hi-res for the masses is our last chance to genuinely re-engage the public and generate the energy that made for joy and positive social change in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Lastly, if you read these comments, I’d personally appreciate a considered reply to the comments I’ve mad etoday and at other times. Why comment if not to get a response? Thank You.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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      I’ll see how this plays out. So far, I laud them for trying to “bring back” the fidelity of great music…but as far as I can tell it will be the same tracks that HDtracks and the others have.

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  • July 12, 2014 at 2:52 am
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    “It turns out that the demo units that existed were the prototypes that were built by Meridian. Thankfully, they new Ayre designed Pono players are coming along now.”

    Given Meridian’s provenance for making quality hardware I’m surprised you’ve come out with that statement.

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    • July 12, 2014 at 10:05 am
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      Meridian does make some of the finest audio equipment in the world. That’s why Pono sought them out, met them and worked collaboratively for many months…even to the point of creating a few functioning prototype players. There were intractable business issues that prevented them continuing together. That’s when Charles Hansen and Ayre came into the picture.

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      • July 13, 2014 at 5:35 am
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        Ahh, I see. Thanks for clearing that up.

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  • July 12, 2014 at 9:02 am
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    Mr. Young is known for veering off in different musical directions. He says that no one should take it personally. Perhaps his business instincts run the same way. I can read this as the number crunchers taking charge or Young trying to prevent the number rcunchers from taking over. As in national politics these days, too many on the right and the left are willing to arrive at a conclusion without knowing the facts.

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    • July 12, 2014 at 10:07 am
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      I can’t speculate on what actually happened…and perhaps we’ll never know. I’ve met and spoken to Neil Young and I came to know John Hamm as a very dedicated, hard-working individual. I just think it’s going to be hard enough to make their deadlines and this can’t possibly help.

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