AIX Records Dr. AIX's POSTS — 04 May 2015

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I have my up days and my down days when it comes to thinking about high-resolution audio and place in it. The disappointment of not having been recognized by any of the mainstream or even lesser press following the AXPONA show has had an impact, no doubt. I watched a video of the AXPONA wrap up produced by Peter Breuninger. His partners on the panel were Myles Astor and David Robinson of Positive Feedback Online. Talk about depressing…these guys are all about analog tape and DSD. Peter believes the dramatic improvement in fidelity in the MBL room from one day to the next was due to a Synergistic Research’s HFT – High Frequency Transducer, which is nothing but snake oil. Don’t worry I’m not going to continue with my rant about analog tape and I can’t worry that these guys make pronouncements about audio fidelity without visiting all of the rooms…especially one that actually delivered real high-resolution audio content. Oh well.

This is an up day. I just received a call from a customer that made my day. Harvey actually called because he is experiencing problems playing several of the DVD discs he purchased at the AXPONA show. His setup is strictly stereo and includes an OPPO BDP-105, their top of the line player. He connects the two balanced XLR outputs from the OPPO to his preamplifier, amplifiers, and speakers. The video portion of the discs is displayed using the HDMI output from the OPPO directly to a new Samsung video monitor…not unlike the display I haul around to trade shows. But he couldn’t get any video to show up on the Samsung monitor. I assured him that the DVD-Video side of the disc should work fine on the system as he described. Harvey had already been in touch with the tech people at OPPO and they were stumped. That’s why he contacted me.

I explained that the stereo mixes are on the DVD-Video side of virtually all of my titles. I told him I would check the discs on my OPPO machines and get back to him. As I expected, everything worked out. The discs work fine. I suggested he try another DVD movie in his setup and sure enough that didn’t work either. It turned out that the Samsung monitor needed to have a menu setting adjusted. I’m thrilled that it was so easy.

During our conversation he related a brief story about my AIX Recordings. It turns out that he’s had caregivers assisting him with an illness in his family for over 5 years. While playing the Laurence Juber “Guitar Noir” DVD, one of them commented that she believed she was hearing a live trio playing in his listening room. She was astonished that it was a recording. Harvey’s comment was particularly interesting because he didn’t initiate the conversation or ask the woman about the music being played. She had heard music coming from his room many times in the past and never commented. However, the fidelity and realism of the LJ trio triggered a response. I loved hearing about this exchange. I’d be interested whether any of you have had something similar happen?

Gotta go…

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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.

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