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.

7 thoughts on “Digital Downloads VS. Physical Media

  • September 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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    I think your “stage” mixes are the best!!! Especially with the orchestral recordings where you hear what the conductor is hearing! We could use more of that!!! Follow your emails, they are great and informative. What I would like to know is what you think of some of the other “hi-def” players that are out there. There are several iPod-like players that are capable of playing all sorts of hi-def files, including DSD. I am curious what you recommend.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
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      I just noticed a announcement for a new SONY high-resolution walkman. My recommendation would be to avoid all of the portable dedicated music players and go with a Smartphone hat does the same thing and much more. The HTC M8 Harman Kardon Edition from Sprint is a great audio player and phone.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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    Always like the physical media. Artwork, liner notes, etc. LP’s are great because I can still see the letters! The physical media is good to rip to the format and location that I choose.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 10:43 am
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      It’s true that having discs is pretty cool. I’m going to implement some sort of “get the files” coupon with physical media.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I am delighted to read that iTrax is growing. Long may it play. Off to have another look at it now. Still loving Order of Distinction on 5.1 Stage. I haven’t even noticed the inevitable rounding off of the bits as they tumbled inside the wires all the way to Australia!

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    • September 4, 2014 at 10:43 am
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      LOL…thanks Grant

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  • September 4, 2014 at 12:59 am
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    It’s pointless to have a physical CD these days because your computer hard disk can contain the same exact information. But Vinyl LPs will continue to thrive, even if they are an underground minority. They last much longer than any compact disc or computer.

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