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.

12 thoughts on “Hi-Res Download Sites Begin Adopting Hi-Res Music Logo

  • November 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    Once “educated” the would be future becomes “beware” and will cling to their analog all the longer. The industry will remain as diverse as ever.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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    The backlash against the music industry should be about as equivalent to the Great Sony CD Root scam once consumers hear no difference on their cheap MP3 players and realize they’ve been had.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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    They had a fine system that started back in the 80s, the SPARS code. By adding a forth descriptor of HD to represent a digital stream of 20/48 or better we’d have a code telling us all we need to know. You could do it in a fancy colorful box to make the artful happy. All too late now I guess.

    HD any where in the chain would equal a High Rez tech was used.
    AAA – A fully analogue recording, from the original session to mastering. Since at least the mastering recorder must be digital to make a compact disc, this code is not applicable to CDs.[3]
    AAD – Analog tape recorder used during initial recording, analog tape recorder used during mixing, digital mastering.
    ADD – Analog tape recorder used during initial recording, digital tape recorder used during mixing, digital mastering.
    DDD – A fully digital recording, from the original session to mastering.
    DAD – Digital tape recorder used during initial recording, analog tape recorder used during mixing, digital mastering.
    DDA – Digital tape recorder used during initial recording, digital tape recorder used during mixing, analogue (vinyl) mastering.

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    • November 16, 2015 at 7:11 am
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      Sal, the SPARS codes were useful. I’ve written several articles and designed graphics to extend the codes for provenance. No one is interested.

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      • November 16, 2015 at 10:52 am
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        Like roaches, many in the various factions of the High Fidelity industry run quickly when a light is shown that reveals the facts. 🙁

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  • November 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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    The concept of creating and marketing ‘true” Hi-Res recordings such as yours, seems to have little chance of ever going main-stream. In no order, the reasons are that people cannot usually tell any difference, it is too difficult to understand, quality reproduction equipment is costly, and most important, popular artists don’t use it. So much for the “as the artist intended” nonsense.

    You, and a few others, are the disciples crying in the wilderness. You are burning, it appears, a tremendous amount of resources battling several armies at once with even small victories rare. I wonder, could your (and your followers’) goals be better met by largely ignoring the snake oil tent and simply advancing an entirely new organization. People often seem more interested in new things than yet another critique of the status-quot.

    i would propose a new trade group (similar to the one which ignores you) which promotes and depicts the real-deal in hi-res sound. Design yet another “logo” conveying both the full spectrum of sound and the provenance. That shouldn’t be hard — I think the two icons you discussed look like road construction signs anyway. Adopt a motto conveying that your organization’s, publications and products are really the best recordings possible.

    Of course, this will be difficult and I know nothing about the “music and artist” world to be dealt with. But I am becoming a bit bored of the theme you have had, or chosen to adopt, in pointing out the fallacies, ignorance and deliberate deceptions of the predominant players in the music world. There seems to be no end to the individuals and companies coming out of the woodwork to profit on this newest interest. But you are often preaching to the choir — your readers already understand the steps to a hi-res recording. Maybe its time to move on. Could this idea help?

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    • November 16, 2015 at 7:14 am
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      I actually formed a group called the High-Definition Surround Music Group and reached out to my friends, companies, and professionals. It was a half hearted effort. Perhaps the time is right to re-energize this group or one like it. I think my next move is to work on the book and develop the database for high-res music. Build an app that will easily identify the provenance and fidelity of every track offered by the major sites. Consumers that want to know will be able to get the information.

      I realize I write on the same theme too much. I’ll push to write about the positive things in the world of better audio as well. But it’s hard to find them.

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      • November 16, 2015 at 11:09 am
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        Yes the time may be right. I would suggest backing off on the surround aspect, maybe including it as a wing somehow. But a new organization those mission is to reveal and support the very best in audio reproduction. Some advertising of the new organizations goals and a new logo that denotes recordings that offer those attributes would be kool. Offer the logo license to the other labels who would qualify for a HA-HA-HA logo, maybe without fee? There are a number of small labels doing true High Def recordings today.

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      • November 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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        Mark, how is an app going to do that other than the obvious stuff (look for a sharp low-pass etc.)?

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        • November 19, 2015 at 11:39 am
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          There are a number of ways that an app can analyze and report on the veracity of a file being high-res or not. I’m exploring some of them…I’ll keep you posted.

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  • November 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    Hi Mark,
    In the direction of “positive things in the world of better audio”, I would like hear what you have to say about the latest developments in the world of more immersive sound for headphones. I know you are an incredibly busy guy and now facing the production of your New Book. But a blog or two devoted to the emulation of surround sound for headphones would interest a large community of music listeners. DTS – X has come out with “object audio” effects, the Smyth Realizer folk with “head tacking” strategies, the HRTF with personalized/customizable headphone audio, and Fong Audio with a kind of DSP based on specific speaker systems. I have not heard all all of these emulations, but have heard a few (actually there are very limited applications so far), and I understand that you have been exploring head phone surround sound as well. It would be instructive to hear about the various approaches being taken in this field and hear what you think the present and future might bring beyond the traditional stereo headphone.
    Jack

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    • November 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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      Thanks Jack…I’m very familiar with a number of these systems and own a Smyth Realizer, which is the best of the bunch. I’ll get a post written asap.

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