I have to start with a big thanks to all of you that became supporters of the Kickstarter Campaign today. I gave Charlie an abbreviated trip down to the library field for his morning Frisbee session and then hustled over to the office to pull the trigger on the “Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Audio” crowd sourcing campaign. This was my first effort and the results have been very gratifying so far. As I write this, there are 146 supporters…and this is just the first day. Remember there’s good news if Kickstarter sees that this campaign is “trending”, which means reaching a large percentage of its funding goal within the first few days. Then they put you on their front page and tens of thousands of visitors will see it.
I sent out an email about the campaign to all of my customers…both AIX Records and iTrax.com. It was a bit of a broad brush but I want everyone that knows anything about the work that I’ve been doing over the past 15 years to know that I’m putting together the book and demo disc. Here’s the email graphic.
Figure 1 – This is the email that I sent out today announcing the KS campaign.
If you haven’t made it to Kickstarter, here’s a link to the page. Click here.
In my Saturday post, I mentioned that a couple of hard-core analog tape gentlemen had come by the studio to check out the recent Christian Jacobs tape copies that I made. I also stated that they were suitably impressed with the sound of my real high-resolution digital files…especially when presented in full 5.1 surround. I like to think people are honest when they render an opinion about what they hear. I certainly am.
The next day, I received the following email…
“I just read this daily post (from yesterday) from ‘Dr. AIX’, and wondered if you might know who the ‘San Diego Audiophiles’ he mentioned might be? He said they had analog tape recorders. Have you ever talked to anyone at the audio meetings that you have attended that are in to analog tape?
I wonder if they really loved his high-resolution digital recordings, or if they were just being polite. Yesterday Bill and Nancy were here for a visit, and I had a chance to play a Reference Recording 176.4/24 bit ‘bit perfect’ digital copy of one of Bill’s favorite recordings, ‘The Hot Club Of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena BOUNCE’. I played it for him on two different stereo systems. One using my Decware tube amp with Tektron high efficiency speakers, and the other using the Millenia solid-state amp and my Vienna Acoustic Bach speakers.
Bill’s reaction? ‘When you get better and can come to my place, I’ll play you the same recording on Analog!’
The “Analog LP was derived, (if I am not mistaken, and I may be) from the same 176.4/24 bit digital tape used for my data disc that I played him, but obviously Bill prefers the Analog” version. So I wonder if the ‘San Diego Audiophiles’ REALLY liked what they heard at AIX, or…. if they were just saying what Dr. AIX wanted to hear?”
The author and I exchanged a couple of emails…he was a little surprised that his thoughts came to me. But it got me thinking whether audiophiles tell “white lies” to avoid those awkward moments when tell the truth would hurt too much? What do you think?
To be continued…