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    by Published on 08-20-2014 10:57 AM  Number of Views: 7 
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    Some days the dog bites you and some days you bit the dog! The new iTrax - Sprint Ultra HD-Audio Sampler has been downloaded many hundreds of times over the past week. I'm thankful that there are so many readers and others interested in hearing the variety of music I offered in the best quality possible. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2014 12:47 PM  Number of Views: 29 
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    What's the most important aspect to a great demonstration track? Of course, it depends on the circumstances but I think we can all agree on what the ideal result would be. Any person having experienced the demonstration should have heard amazing fidelity (not just a louder, bassier, treble heavy track)...perhaps to the point of making a purchase. The hard part is trying to identify the qualities that will elicit the appropriate response.
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    by Published on 07-16-2014 11:43 AM  Number of Views: 28 
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    So here's the continuation of yesterday's list of questions and answers that I include in a quick summary of music and audio production.

    Q - What production procedures are used to make recordings?
    A - There are several typical ways to make a professional recording. The first is to use a minimal arrangement of microphones (usually just a stereo pair) and capture a "live" performance. With the advent of multitrack recording (thanks to Les Paul) in the 50s, it became possible to record an individual part of a complete track and then overlay another part in sync with the first track. ...
    by Published on 07-15-2014 08:45 AM  Number of Views: 26 
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    It's summertime and the living is easy. Life is good. Running the new puppy at the beach early in the morning or trying to wear him out at the end of the day with a few dozen tosses of the Frisbee at the park has become a daily ritual for Charlie and me. Having a break from the university responsibilities and classroom time with students is one of the benefits of being a professor. I'm not sure how other educators occupy themselves during their summer break, but I refocus on my studio work and writing.
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    by Published on 07-12-2014 04:40 PM  Number of Views: 56 
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    The Harman produced video "The Distortion of Sound" featured musicians, producers and engineers talking the importance of "emotion" in music. They all stressed that they make and enjoy music because it can connect people in both physically and emotionally. How many times have you felt your toe start to move with the rhythm of a dance track or been brought to tears when a sad song comes on the radio. Music does have the ability to move us in ways that few other arts can.

    When I was playing my quick demo of AIX tracks at the event in NYC a few weeks ago, I played a minute of "Let Them In" performed by John Gorka and band. It's a very thoughtful and sad song about soldiers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Even in the midst of that program and having played only 45 seconds of the track...it got to me. Here's the lyric.
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    by Published on 04-02-2014 10:42 AM  Number of Views: 175 
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    I left the studio early yesterday, went home and took a two hour nap to make sure that I was at full power for the solo concert Neil Young put on at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. He'll finish a 4-day run this evening. I'm a fan and the description that my niece wrote for the Hollywood Reporter made this show a must see. Imagine being able to experience some of Neil's greatest tunes in an intimate setting without the structure imposed by a strict set list and other musicians. This was Neil at his best. I've seen him perform with Crazy Horse in the past and know he can jam and rock with the best of them but last night it was just Neil and his collection of guitars, two pianos and an organ situated on top of a riser in the middle of the arrangement.

    At 8:10 Neil walked out from the darkness on the left side of the stage and sat down in a simple, straight back, black chair surrounded by at least 7 guitars and a "bantar" (a Gibson instrument that has the neck of a guitar and the body of a banjo). He said nothing through the first 4 or 5 tunes...he launched first into "From Hank to Hendrix" and didn't come up until he finished "Only Love Can Break Your Heart".
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    by Published on 03-16-2014 11:47 AM  Number of Views: 140 
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    Recording production, until the advent of digital recording, ALWAYS required transfers or analog copying. There is only one session master and everything downstream from it suffers from generation loss. When Scot Hull or Part-Time Audiophile says things like "one-off of a one-off" in his recent post after hearing the UHA playback of an International Phonograph "master tape copy", he's putting some polite spin on the concept of generation loss. Nothing delivered to consumers on analog tape back in the heyday of analog tape or with today's revamped recorders and techniques will sound as good as the original session master.

    And you will never get your hands on that original session tape. You might be fortunate enough to get chance to experience playback from the production master but that rarely happens outside of a mastering facility.

    I spent 13 years running my own mastering facility and during those years I worked on both new and archival projects. One of the most memorable was the remastering of the classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album, which was produced by William E. McEuen (the older brother of John McEuen, the banjo player in the band) in 1972. I've known both of these guys for decades and have been fortunate enough to work on a number of projects with them over the years.
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