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 “Demonstrating Great Audio

  • July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    Mark, I never heard of Kari Bremnis and checked out the track you mentioned on Youtube. Fantastic song and it even sounded great through my mac speakers. I will have to grab the recording. Hopefully it is available as a high rez download somewhere. If no, I will grab the CD.

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    • July 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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      I have to dig deeper into this artist as well. It’s a good start when she shares my daughter’s name…Kari.

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  • July 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    Hi Mark,

    I think Kari Bremnes is quite known out there, but obviously more in European and Scandinavian musical spheres. The label she has worked with over the years, Kirkelig Kulturverksted (founded by producer Erik Hillestad) is well known for it’s excellent recording practices, as are many other Norwegian labels – like Hubro, Sofa Music, Gigafon, Rune Grammofon, NORCD, Curling Legs, Smalltown Supersound, Compunctio, Jazzaway, Jazzland Records, Inner Ear, etc. – that are sadly unknown and unavailable in shops in the US.

    Norwegian labels have in my opinion higher standards than American record labels, and so do many other European labels. I think there’s far too many labels and artists that you simply can’t find on the American market and in the usual shops, and it’s really positive that sites like QOBUZ (despite their whole Studio Masters debacle), Boomkat, and Norwegian based Gubemusic and Klicktrack, offer a glimpse in to the huge and valuable music production that these small yet highly productive countries have. I would easily count Norway as one of THE music super powers on the planet, and Norwegian musicians and labels account for more than a third of my personal collection. Just browse through Gubemusic, which features a few Brittish and German labels, but who offer at least 95% purely Norwegian labels. Klicktrack is entirely Norwegian.

    I think the American market and musicians in general are suffering from a huge cultural disconnect and isolation. I have lived most of my life in Europe, and all the music Festivals you can find between Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland is a huge eye opener for any musician, and should be of interest to American artists as well. It’s been literally years since I bought a single album recorded in the US and with American musicians, and that should certainly be telling. Just take a peak at French-German TV channel ARTE, and there online archive of HD video performances of current Festivals and venues from all over Europe and you will get my point. And yes, you can stream all those lusciously filmed concerts for free during 90 days after their live broadcast: http://concert.arte.tv/fr

    Cheers

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  • July 22, 2014 at 3:48 am
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    Indeed, yesterday I was listening to music all afternoon, taking advantage of the neighbors are on vacation (pool can expect), his various recordings that a great friend and percussionist unknown. He stood amazed at the definition and fidelity sound of your shots, voices and instruments was sounded with a wonderful clarity. Also heard the last processed the YES group, and 5.1 bluray, THE YES ALBUM. Really sounds like if the recording had done yesterday and discover new sonics not previously oíamos.También our teams have improved. But one thing my friend asked me is that they had left these musicians who were little known, so wonderful. Few people know who played the guitar with Paul Mc. or Bruce springten … Maybe if you did Mark work with Paul Young, for example, AIX RECORDS jump would be substantial. Although not necessary for me. Greetings from Spain.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 8:47 am
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    All I could find are CDs and vinyl rips claiming to be 24/192 on bit torrent sites that I will pass on. Will have to snag a CD.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 8:55 am
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    Found the flac 16/44.1 download on her site. Vinyl also for those out there so inclined.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    Camilio, I couldn’t agree with you more! I spend time in Europe each year and the number of live musical events in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Paris, Vienna, Prague and the like is staggering. We see as many as we can when we go. Music seems to be much more part of the social fabric in Europe than in the US. It is taken much more seriously and more important in the lives of more people there than here.

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    • July 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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      Your comment is spot-on, Joe, there is simply an altogether different appreciation and value given to music and culture, and to universal access to culture. Most of the Festivals I attend are open air and running throughout spring and summer, and more than half are completely free, as they are completely financed by the regional and local cultural budgets that are assigned by the cultural ministries of Germany, Sweden, France, Holland, Austria, etc.

      I wish there was a higher value given to culture and universal access to culture in the US, and that the government would spend more on the arts than on arms and war. One of the most positive aspects of highly valuing culture, is the impact it has on society and communities. In the multicultural societies of Europe, putting culture and arts high on the value scale promotes understanding, peace and respect among people and across cultures. I think the US would benefit greatly from stronger cultural policies like the ones we still have in most of Europe.

      The ARTE Concert link I posted also features Opera, Theater and top notch performances from the most important dance Festivals as well. This recent rendition of Hildegard von Bingen’s Geistliche Gesange – featuring Ibrahim Malouf on trumpet and quarter tone trumpet – is simply breathtaking, check it out: http://concert.arte.tv/fr/ibrahim-maalouf-revisite-hildegard-von-bingen-au-festival-de-saint-denis

      Here’s the link to all the shows http://concert.arte.tv/fr/videos/all When you reach the bottom of the page just click “VOIR LES CONCERTS SUIVANTS” (View the following Concerts).

      Cheers

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  • July 22, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    You can find Kari’s albums at klicktrack, https://shop.klicktrack.com/artist/71590 and Gubemusic, http://www.gubemusic.com/search?q=kari+bremnes. If you like her song “Lover in Berlin”, from her 2000 album “Norwegian Mood”, you should definitely check out her more recent stuff. Also, I checked my copy, and it is made and released in Germany via ARS (Audiophile Record Service), also available on 180g High Quality Vinyl. It was sponsored by Clearaudio, Phonosophie, Acapella Audio Arts, Audio Physic.
    Kari has also recorded with her brothers Lars and Ola, and with Swedish singer Rikard Wollf for the same label, Kirkelig Kulturverksted: http://www.kkv.no/en/English1/

    Cheers

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  • July 24, 2014 at 6:27 am
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    I have downloaded the FLAC 16/44.1 version of Norwegian Wood. I can see why mark liked it so much as the recording techniques sound a bit like his. It is a great sounding record with some very nice tunes.

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