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.

2 thoughts on “To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade…

  • Craig Allison

    Hi Mark, that’s my one major criticism of the way hi-res is being introduced; the path that it’s necessary to follow is way too complex for the average person. Just explaining that they need to buy J-River to keep WMP off of their music…With your knowledge and aptitude, here’s a way to make a lot of money; design a “MUSIKOMPUTER,” as follows. When you turn it on, it immediately lists your music collection, and can only access music download or purchasing sites.( No news, no sports, no porn,) only music comes out. Select album or track and press play.Why should it be harder than putting on a disc? Could have a good DAC built in or not. It acts like a piece of stereo equipment, not a computer, simple layout and controls. That’s what is needed; a one size fits all method of downloading and playing music w/o being a computer head. Incidentally, and I can laugh at myself too, I did buy a Pono yesterday knowing I won’t get it until someday, and of course their are numerous other players. I guess it’s the old hippie in me that causes this belief and loyalty. Just build that music box and you won’t need to write any more columns. Best, Craig

    • Admin

      I did actually built a PC music server but it wasn’t easy to operate. I’ll be curious what you think about the new Pono device.


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