A few months ago, I received an email from a C-level executive at Sprint. It turns out that he’s a fellow music fan and lifelong audiophile…AND a reader of this blog. He kindly sent me one of their new Harman Kardon Edition HTC One M8 Smartphones to check out. It’s a real winner as I’ve said repeatedly on this site (check out my review at Sprint HTC M8 HKE phone). He introduced me to some of the development and web people at Sprint, which resulted in a ground breaking collaboration between iTrax and Sprint. I am very pleased to pre-announce to readers of this site that the “iTrax-Sprint Ultra HD-Audio Sampler” is now available at the iTrax.com website.
It consists of 18 full length, stereo 96 kHz/24-bit tracks selected from the AIX Records catalog. I picked some of my favorite tracks by some of my favorite musicians including “Let Them In” by John Gorka (the emotional sentiment and heartfelt nature of this very sad song touches everyone), “Strawberry Fields Forever” by Laurence Juber, “Lowlands” by Jamie Hanna and Jonathan McEuen and “Mujaka” by The Latin Jazz Trio (the percussion in this track is to die for). These are tracks that can legitimately be called “Ultra HD-Audio” not only because of the specs (they were all recorded at 96 kHz/24-bit PCM and keep there) but because of the unique methods I’ve developed over the past 40 years of being an audio engineer and musician. No artificial reverberation, no equalization, and only natural dynamics are just a few of the important differences you’ll hear in all of these tracks.
Figure 1 – A sample page from the pdf booklet that accompanies the sampler.
Here’s the full track list (almost 90 minutes of music):
1. Laurence Juber – Strawberry Fields Forever
2. The Banda Brothers – Primavera
3. Carl Verheyen – Lone Star
4. John Gorka – Let Them In
5. Ernest Ranglin – My Boy Lollipop
6. Zephyr – Now Is The Month Of Maying
7. Lowen & Navarro – Cold Outside
8. Jamie Hanna & Jonathan McEuen – Lowlands
9. Albert Lee – Luxury Liner
10. Willie Nelson & Paul Williams – Rainbow Connection
11. Hanna – McEuen – Prayer For You
12. Steve March Tormé – On the Street Where You Live
13. James Walker and Free Flight – Libido
14. The Latin Jazz Trio – Mujaka
15. The Old City String Quartet – Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 – Movt 1
16. Bryan Pezzone – Berceuse
17. G. Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Mvt I. Allegro
18. G. Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra – Pavanne for a Dead Princess
And the best part is that the cost for this iTrax-Sprint collaboration is only $10.99. That’s $.61 per track…less than the los resolution tracks on iTunes and way less than the $5 per track from some other high-end download sites. And these recordings are actually high-resolution…no analog tapes transferred to DSD or standard resolution masters upconverted to 96 kHz/24-bits. You can’t hear the difference unless you actually have recordings that are done using state-of-the-art equipment AND a purist approach to production.
Figure 2 – The Ultra HD-Audio Logo indicates that the contents are bona fide high-resolution tracks from inception to delivery.
Please go to the iTrax site, purchase this unique sampler, leave a review, and if you like what you’ve heard…recommend that your friends get a hold of the iTrax – Sprint sampler too. Go to the AIX Records FB page and “like” us…everything helps. The actual release date for this project is next Monday. If you encounter any problems, please let me know.
Thanks to Sprint and all of you for your continuing support.