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.

10 thoughts on “Some Of My Favorite Tracks…

  • February 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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    I wonder how much the sales of your albums are influenced by your recommendation of your personal favorites?

    You make truly the best sounding recordings on the market today and I’ve listened to all your demo tracks many times to investigate what I could learn about HD recordings and compare to things you and others have said here about them.

    But except for your Mark Chesnutt album, I’ve never once played one of your projects for musical enjoyment., They are audiophile test recordings done to demo the current technical abilities of your equipment and studio. But they will forever remain in that group of demo albums I have along with The Sheffield Track Record, Telarc Organ Blaster Sampler, Cheskys Jazz Sampler Vol’s 1 & 2, Vital Records various releases, etc, etc. All recordings that were purchased for one reason only, to hear what my expensive audio system was actually capable of. But for “listening pleasure” they’ve never hit the turntable, cd, or file server.
    Today I spent about 3 hours listening to Southside Johnny and the Jukes, David Gilmour, any Smoky Robinson.

    Guess what I’m trying to say is that maybe if you spend more time promoting your recordings of Chesnutt, Rita, Nelson, etc and trying to get more popular artists into your studio and on your label your business might be more successful. All your promotion of Gorka, Juber, etc has done for you is sent you hawking for donations from your blog readers just so you could afford to go to a trade show.
    You have great talent and deserve to be doing better than that. Your honesty and integrity have the power to take you far in the business.
    The hucksters and snakeoil salesmen like Audioquest and Nordost make millions selling $25 wholesale cables consigned to manufactures in China and resaling them for thousands of dollars in the US and elsewhere.
    Where’s the justice in all that?

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    • February 20, 2015 at 9:19 am
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      My sales are influenced by my recommendations…and I know that customers that purchase the albums that I enjoy musically and sonically will become repeat customers. I’ve listened to the John Gorka recording and others many times. I don’t regard these as audiophile demo discs that would normally stay in the closet. I’m glad that you enjoy the Mark Chessnut recording…I do too…but I don’t get the same buy in from most potential customers. They love Jennifer Warnes with John McEuen.

      While AIX Records does sustain itself, we’re hardly a money machine. But I would prefer to be known as someone that is honest and maintained his integrity than being a huckster. It matters to me.

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      • February 20, 2015 at 10:28 am
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        “But I would prefer to be known as someone that is honest and maintained his integrity than being a huckster.”

        Mark, your purposely distorting the meaning of my words, for shame. Promoting more popular artists instead of the lesser known a little more and making an honest profitable living doing so is miles away from being one of the cheating hucksters. I know it matters to you, it should, but your current business model is cutting off your nose to spite your face from a financial approach. You shouldn’t have to ask people for money for AIX to succeed.
        Best of luck whatever you decide.

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        • February 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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          Sal, with all due respect, I’ve played Mark Chesnutt dozens of times at audio trade shows and the response has never been good. I have to appeal to my customers with amazing sound AND music that they appreciate.

          I shouldn’t have to ask for support but there is very little upside to doing what I do.

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      • February 20, 2015 at 10:34 am
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        As an occasional buyer of so-called “Audiophile” recordings, I have to say that I agree with Sal’s observartions. Yes, it can be enjoyable hearing subtleties tucked away in places across the soundstage, but unless the music and performance engage you in the first place, the track or album concerned will remain just a curiosity.

        If a fire was raging in my music room, I would NOT risk my life to rescue the audiophile recordings first.

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        • February 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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          You should listen to an entire recording of Albert Lee or John Gorka…these are not merely demo tracks.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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    Just want to go on record (so to speak) saying that the AIX recording of the Pines of Rome and Beethoven Pastoral by the New Jersey Symphony (I don’t know much about them but they are far from a second rate orchestra…must be NY Phil players on their off hours) is one of my favorite listening albums. Just great performances and great recording. I don’t play many recordings just for the sonic qualities. The Guitar recording is super sonically, but more important to me is the musical value therein. If a recording is just a demo disc I am not all that interested.

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    • February 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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      I agree about the “Pines of Rome” AIX recording, although my favorite AIX recording is the Bach 3rd Brandenburg, followed by Steve March Torme and the Surf City All-Star Band.

      Although I like Paul Williams a lot, his recording didn’t do a lot for me (and the studio video leaves a lot to be desired).

      I’ve often said that I appreciate a good picture as much as anyone, but if I want to raise the hairs on the back of my neck, I go to great sound. AIX has a lot of great sound, and some great performances.

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      • February 21, 2015 at 10:09 am
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        Thanks Jim…I’m with you on the picks. And I agree that the Paul Williams video is subpar…we tried to make it look like film and failed. In the classical category, I would add the Haydn Piano Trios…really great performance and terrific sound.

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