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.

9 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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    Well, those of us enjoying 4/1 surround seasons, may have a quibble with you calling So Cal “HD” weather ! I like my snowy woods treks wih nature’s 5/1 mastering ☺️
    Have a nice holiday Mark, thanks for bringing sense to Audio’s “fooled ya” world !

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    • November 28, 2014 at 10:55 am
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      Happy Holidays Dave…and thanks!

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  • November 28, 2014 at 10:40 am
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    To heck with the warmth and sun, we received 4 inches of snow!oh and a little 33 to 10 gift to boot.

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    • November 28, 2014 at 11:06 am
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      Enjoy the weather Joe…I just finished a great breakfast served at a sidewalk table in Santa Monica. It is supposed to get cooler this weekend…all the way down to 50!

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  • November 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm
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    Hi Mark, happy holidays.
    We share the joy of owning Border Collies, or more accurately, being owned by Border Collies. My wife and I also have a true Rin-Tin Rin GSD, and it’s amazing to see the level and different intelligences the #1 and #2 smartest dogs have. The GSD figures things out quickly and wolfishly; the border collie is v. close to esp-he just knows what’s coming and is always one step ahead; amazing. Both are quite sensitive audio-wise too.The GSD is more sensitive to HF than the Border Collie, probably because of those big, stand-up ears he has.

    Back on topic, I have now read three reviews of the Pono player that were quite positive overall. Despite teething pains, why is it so hard to believe that Pono will eventually deliver on the promise Mr. Young has made? He doesn’t need the money, and has consistently shown a value and belief system that cannot be denied. Please stop dissing Pono, it’s getting to be a tired subject. What did the guy say? ” Water seeks it’s own level.” Let’s see what that is then for Pono say, in two years, ok, and have faith that whatever compromises now exist, won’t exist long-term.

    To my mind, this belief is just as valid as all the ill or not so ill–informed naysaying.

    In your case, your facts may be true, but it’s the cynicism and sarcasm that is dismaying. How does that help?

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    • November 29, 2014 at 9:40 am
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      Happy Thanksgiving to you and you dogs. Charlie is certainly a big part of my daily routine since his arrival 4 months ago.

      With regards to Pono, I’ve heard some good things about the hardware player and plenty of negative things about the website, music offerings, community, and delays in getting players delivered. I joined their community and it’s referred to as Salefarce by plenty of their supporters. Others complain that they don’t allow users to filter on “high-resolution” audio content…even though the stuff they’re offering is the same stuff as the other download sites PLUS the ripped CDs. Last time I checked they’re creep close to 1.7 million CD rips available…a month late and still short of the 2 million promised.

      I’m reporting and editorializing on Neil’s Pono initiative…not dissing them. They have misrepresented themselves and the whole “rediscover the soul of music” thing is a fraud. CD specification audio has always been dissed by Neil and now suddenly it’s ok…I have a problem with the lack of integrity he’s shown in the interest of meeting financial goals and investor expectations. All he had to do is tell the truth…his belief system has shifted dramatically under the pressure of the Pono company.

      Having access to inside information from several individuals sheds some additional light on the enterprise. What if Neil does need the money? Maybe he’s less interested in “the soul” of music and more interested in his ego?

      The things that I’ve presented are true…I don’t believe Pono is the path to “rediscovering” the soul of music. That will have to wait until someone with talent, celebrity, influence, and resources can actually convince the music makers to create better sounding records.

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      • November 29, 2014 at 10:57 am
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        I think fraud is a far too strong and damning a word to use in describing the Pono initiative . A wider angle perspective would not take so severe a stance as to imply that fraud is being perpetrated. Give it time.

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        • November 29, 2014 at 11:06 am
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          I’m not sure how wide a perspective it takes to see a person shift their staunchly held opinions about the lack of fidelity of a format…CDs…and then suddenly embrace that very same technology as the format that is capable of allowing consumers to “rediscover the soul of music”. Seems like opportunism at the least and fraud at the most.

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  • November 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    A very good friend and his wife live in Palos Verdes. He is from back east and always needles me about the weather but I get to retort about the earthquakes, fires, mudslides, droughts, etc. My wife will be in San Diego all next week while I am in NYC. I still think I got the better of the deal!

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