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.

27 thoughts on “The LA and Orange County Audio Society Gala 2015

  • December 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    Come to one of our Philadelphia Area Audio Group meetings mark and I will give you a great introduction!

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    • December 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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      I will get there…I need to do a road trip.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    Seems like you have to find out the presenter ahead of time and feed them some talking points. But you should not have to! They really should respect all the donations equally.

    Can you write about this proposed product sometime? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/367380538/miyo-the-most-amazing-audio-experience-outside-the (MIYO is a world-class digital-to-analog converter—your music’s new best friend. It makes all of your audio better—at home or on the go.)

    Thanks for all your posts. They are all fun to read!

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    Mark: I really feel for you; especially about the person who won your Blu-rays. If you know his name, I would like to contact him to see if I could buy them from him. I have disagreements with you; particularly about the audios and videos on your Blu-rays not being location consistent. Nonetheless, there is no question that the audio on your Blu-rays are the finest quality ever produced.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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      Thanks Phil…I have no idea who got them. Maybe you should watch for them on Audiogon or eBay.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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    BTW Mark, I played your Ernest Ranglin Blu-ray for a friend you know and he was floored. He will be reviewing a GoldenEar Atmos system in a couple months and I will bring a few of yours to check out with the Atmos upsampler.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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      I’ve been talking to Dolby about doing some work in Atmos with my recordings. Should be interesting.

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      • December 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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        That is very interesting, I would really like to have the opportunity to hear Atmos mixes of your recordings.

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      • December 10, 2014 at 2:42 am
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        Maybe – for music – talking to the guys from Auro3D would be a better idea?

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        • December 10, 2014 at 6:57 am
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          I know my friend Morten at 2L is way into the Auro3D technology.

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          • December 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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            Auro 3D and Dolby Atmos both look interesting for music. I find the Atmos object-based approach especially interesting since it can support much more flexibility in speaker count and placement. In his Jan 2015 Stereophile column, Kalman Rubinson also discusses “advanced room-correction” as another possible benefit of the object-oriented approach.

  • December 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    Wow. I wouldn’t be donating anymore swag to that bunch. Two years in a row without acknowledgement? Sounds like they think they’re too good for you anyway.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:53 am
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      It’s frustrating but a very good group of people.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    well Mark,

    the best course of action would be to contact Bob Levi directly. i am pretty sure he will make things right. he is usually quite responsive.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:53 am
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      Thanks Tommy…I will.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    Your being used, all they want is your money “donations”! But they don’t dare to give you a platform to speak, you don’t belong to the snake oil peddlers club.
    I’ve watched you try to ride the fence, defending those you have business-personal relationship with but it’s not going to work in the long run.
    If you want to retain your integrity and have your business be successful I don’t. know what to say but best of luck with whatever path you chose.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:56 am
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      I tell the truth regardless of the personal relationships…that’s not going to change. The audiophile group is large and a lot to organize. They offer me speaking opportunities at the New Show and have come by the studio a time or two.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 6:24 am
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    It is quite unfortunate that what appears to be a serious audiophile group did not realize the quality audio you were gifting them.
    From the “audiophile quality” gifts you listed it is obvious “Regrettably yours, Richard” (ref. August 20, 2014 blog) was not using some of those products in his system…!
    Keep writing and sending your no-nonsense audio blog, it is not only informative but also a refreshing oasis in the, sometimes fraught with reptilian lubricant salesmen, audiophile world.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 6:59 am
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      The LA & OC Audio Society is pretty traditional in their thinking. They have Michael Fremer as VP of Analog but no VP of Digital. Chad Kassem of Acoustic Sounds was the honoree this year based on his high quality LP pressings and reissue catalog.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    Mark….sorry, Dr. Waldorf….

    “Bob was particularly proud of the “most expensive donation the society has ever received”, which was a pair of 6-foot RCA to RCA interconnects with a retail price of $8000.”

    You will never, ever compete with magic. You can be reasonable, logical and cut to the cold, hard facts all you want, but when that veil of mysticism drops – usually accompanied by many zeros – as it invariably does at these gatherings, forget it.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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      It is magic…and audiophiles are still buying in. I don’t the charlatans will ever be wanting for business.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 10:43 am
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    Just looked up the Bybee stuff. I have never heard of them before. What is the next step, a quantum stereo? Unreal and I consider myself an audiophile.

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    • December 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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      Jack Bybee was given an opportunity to speak at last year’s gala…and spent 10-20 minutes saying absolutely nothing. He’s made a career of selling snake oil.

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  • December 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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    Hi Mark,

    I understand your frustration and I share your disappointment at how your blu-ray recordings were presented at the gala. You have faithfully supported the society for years and you deserve better. I was part of the team that put the event together and I know it was never Bob Levi’s or Mary Cardas’ intent to slight you and your products during the presentation. However, in execution, we messed up. For that I apologize on behalf of the LA/OC Audio Society. Bringing issues like this to our attention, as you did with me after the gala, will help us get better.

    Overall, I’d like to think the gala was a successful event. With nearly 300 audiophiles gathered in one spot, there was ample opportunity to share food, drink and conversation with friends old and new. Doug MacLeod’s performance was truly special. He opened his soul through story and music and deeply touched those who had ears to hear.

    So please don’t give up on the LA/OC Audio Society. If it wasn’t for the society, you and I would not have met nearly ten years ago. I wouldn’t have experienced that mind-blowing Smythe Realizer demo in your studio a few years back. We wouldn’t have shared the numerous engaging conversations we’ve had over the years. I can understand how some might get discouraged about the promotions and politics. Us human folk seem to bring that stuff into any social group. At its core, the LA/OC Audio Society is about people who care about music, the audio arts, and each other. Thanks for allowing me to share.

    Russ Stratton
    Vice President Audio/Video Systems
    Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society

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    • December 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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      Thanks Russ…I have appreciated being part of the society and remain committed to it. I have many acquaintances that are members including yourself and regard Bob, Chuck, Tommy, Chip, Mark and others as friends in audioland. I understand what happened at the event and have spoken to Bob about it. My frustration was real, the slip up was also real, and I understand the realities of the situation. Bob apologized and I accept that. We’ll all move on.

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      • December 11, 2014 at 1:46 am
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        My husband brought me this year to the gala, my first. We have been transferred from NY, Washington, and Boston and now live in LA. He always joins these audio clubs and they are not much fun. He has been kind of shocked by the LA club and how nice the meetings are. I did not really believe him until I went on Sunday. This was way bigger and more fun than I could have imagined. I cannot believe it was about audio. It was actually entertaining. The speakers were understandable and not haughty. I thought the raffle was eye popping. My husband won 2 prizes and was having so much fun. I hope he does not go out and buy more stuff. He kept looking at the raffle table way too much.

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        • December 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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          The LA & Orange County Audio Society is a unique “club”. The management is first class, the people wonderful, and the opportunities to win stuff are great. I’m glad you enjoyed it…getting my wife to the event is not going to happen.

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