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.

5 thoughts on “Educating the Educators

  • bill dorsey

    Hej Mark,

    Greetings from Sweden where your daily words warm the hearts of at least a few hi-res wannabees;) Mainly I want to congratulate you on your success “showing off” your recording talents. Typically you openly share trade secrets and then volunteer to help others learn how better to do it hands on. My first response is, don’t do it, you’re crazy! But a breath later, I see the light and remember that you are who you are — smart, generous and dare I say wise?!

    Ha det så bra,


    • Admin

      Thanks Bill…I’ve never held anything I’ve done as proprietary or secret.

  • Hi Mark,
    By way of affirmation, I think you are really onto something in this article. Here is a little story to illustrate. My wife is the author of an early literacy children’s program. She has been promoting it locally in BC, nationally in Canada and recently internationally in India. To begin with she taught young children in her own preschool. Then she moved on to teaching other teachers using her approach – educating the educators. For the last six year we have gone to India where we have gotten into a teachers’ college to bring our good news to the “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” students there. These are our keen adopters and in the long run we think they will be our best promoters. More recently we have been training a specially selected group of Indian teachers from across the nation to be able to handle their own training of Indian teachers. When we started on this journey we had no idea of how it might develop. But it just took off on us. Talk about developing ownership of a program with these Indian folk! It is fun!
    I hope this little summary of our experience will be an encouragement to you. Educating educators is really where it is at, as far as we are concerned. My wife is 78 and I am 73. Educators still going strong.
    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend to you and yours!

    • Admin

      Sounds like fun Jack! Congrats to both you and your wife.

  • Rick Minne

    Hi Mark,

    I enjoyed talking with you and seeing your students feeling so excited to find you at the AES Show/Hi-Res meeting hall. Did you attend the buggy late afternoon Hi-Res panel in (I think) 405AB room? Some good demos there, but it lasted until 6:30pm. I’m glad I stayed to hear the discussion. I felt the “big guys” at the major record labels wanted to deliver a “recording engineer/control room” experience with the latest HD audio/download formats and I was excited by that.

    So, I sincerely hope the latest HD Tracks/Pono download things won’t just be up-res’d 16/44.1 content. I asked about the lack of 5.1 content but there was an underlying hope that future delivery formats might provide a “demanded by the customer” means of delivering that. They want to share it, but it has to make them some $$ and I can accept that.

    Are you going to CES 2015?

    Rick, Mesa, AZ


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