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.

13 thoughts on “The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night…In Full 5.1 Surround

  • August 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    Mark, by virtue of the discussions we’ve had, I don’t get how an old B&W film can be made into Ultra-HD(sounds like a hi-rezzy term to me,), but an original master tape of historic music does not qualify. Again, and I’ve bounced this off quite a few industry folks, we can’t reasonably ask for more than ‘first gen’ of any music. You are touting technically up to date first gen, that seems to be the sticking point . But most of the hi-res downloads will be of older music for some time to come; as long as they sound WAY BETTER than any previous release, we can be pretty sure of first gen authenticity. The “half-way to the wall” analogy comes up here. We’ll never get to the wall, but a few centimeters away is unquestionably much, much better than 3 feet, and I don’t see how any difference of opinion could arise from that perspective. Thanks, Craig

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    • August 14, 2014 at 8:45 am
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      Actually, making older films better is very time consuming but really does work. I wouldn’t call the High Res or Ultra HD but artists going through and cleaning each frame by hand one at a time does work. We have tools for audio but not that specific. The soundtrack for “A Hard Day’s Night” is being reconstructed from the original masters…it’s not ever going to be HD quality but it will sound great and in 5.1 surround.

      The sound of new transfers of older masters can deliver a great sounding experience…depending on the quality of the source and the skill of the engineer doing the transfer. Will they sound “WAY BETTER” than any previous release…no. Different…maybe. It’s a personal preference.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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      As far as picture, 1080p does not capture the full detail of 35MM film. 4K is closer to the full resolution of 35. The analogy to sound does not apply.

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      • August 15, 2014 at 7:12 am
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        I’m not an expert in this area…35mm has a look as does digital.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    I just never got it, I believe The Beatles made a mess of popular music in the 60s. I didn’t want to hear what they were going at the time, give me Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound” and the style of music we were getting pre-brit invasion. After that I’d rather listen to the Animals or Stones any day, you can save She Loves You, Yellow Sub, etc for the 10-14 year olds. Later I got sick of the psychedelic sound completely and switched my dial to Motown and R&B. Right at the moment I’m listening to South Side Johnny and The Asbury Jukes “Hearts of Stone from 1978.
    Beauty IS in the ear of the beholder. LOL

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    • August 15, 2014 at 7:11 am
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      I grew up in Motown and have actually worked with Berry Gordy…but for me the launch was the Beatles. The music, the movies, the style, the innovation touched my creative spirit and I’ve been at it every since.

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      • August 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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        Sorry Mark, To me the Beatles will never be any more than glorified teeny bobber- bubble gum music.

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        • August 16, 2014 at 6:32 am
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          Then I’m very proud to be included in your assessment as a teeny-bobber-bubble gum fan.

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    • August 15, 2014 at 8:26 am
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      Oh yeah, the Beatles were significant sociologically, but they were a pretty crappy rock’n’roll band.The Rolling Stones are in a class of one at this point, while Vegas does the Beatles show.

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      • August 16, 2014 at 6:13 am
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        Craign…I’m not going to start a Beatles vs. Stones debate. That might just more fruitless than the DSD vs PCM war.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 11:42 am
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    Reading about remastering the Beatles reminds me of a recent Home Theater Geeks podcast. The guest was a gentlemen who was into vinyl and had assisted in remastering the Beatles catalog for release on mono vinyl. He has been critical of the stereo vinyl releases because they didn’t sound like the original vinyl. Apparently they agreed with his analysis. The new master for mono vinyl were mastered to sound like the initial stamping of the original vinyl records. Only later did it occur to me that, if that is the reference, the initial American stampings were not perfect either. Anyway the original Vinyl was used a the reference.

    This contrasts with I believe is your position that the mastering processes for most commercial albums of the era for popular music was not too gentle to the original music, especially for artists who has little control over what the labels considered as just product. But I may have misinterpreted you points.

    Emerson Lake and Palmer’s first two albums were recently remixed and remastered, digitally creating a digital master to match the original vinyl and an all new stereo CD mix and DVD-Audio stereo and surround sound mixes.

    The guest on the poscast indicated that many older vinyl records had very high frequency information and that the dynamic range of vinyl was higher than orginally thought, but the surface noise got in the way.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 6:25 am
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      Your comment raises some interesting issues. Is the model the “original” release of a particular tune or album? Or is it to maximize the fidelity or music? The processing of mastering has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. We have new tools that give us options that were unimaginable in the 60s.

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