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.

4 thoughts on “Live Music…Through Ear Plugs!

  • I never have been able to understand why some bands insist on playing so loud in live concert as to spoil the enjoyment of the event. This isn’t a new issue by far. I remember going to see The Rolling Stones at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago sometime in the late 70’s. The music was so loud and so overloaded the venue that better than half the time I literally could not tell what song was being played. I left that
    night so disgussed with the sound engineering that I would never go to see The Stones again.

  • Andrea

    Seven or eight years ago, I went to an audiologist to get fitted for a custom pair of earplugs from Etymotic Research. I got them primarily for performing, but ended up wearing them when I went to almost any nonclassical concert, and even just for meeting friends at a noisy bar. They’re not entirely transparent, but the balance isn’t affected nearly as much as through typical foam earplugs. If you are not willing to shell out for those at first, try the

    • Admin

      Thanks Andrea…I’ve heard of these. But I usually avoid loud concerts, except if it’s my kid playing.


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