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Audio Engineering Society 2017 Convention in New York

By | November 25th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Audio Engineering Society 2017

Intro

The Audio Engineering Society convention is two different things happening at the same time. First of all there’s a scientific conference downstairs with papers on the latest in audio technology. Secondly it’s also a trade show selling pro audio gear. Both of these have many items that are of interest to the high end audio world or which will affect the high end world in the future.

This year the show was a little different because of attempts to integrate with some of the other shows in the industry and similar industries.… Read the full article

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International Conference on Semantic Audio at Fraunhofer IIS

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , |

The Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) International Conference on Semantic Audio took place on June 22-24 in Erlangen, Germany at Fraunhofer IIS. The conference included technical discussions along with demos, poster sessions and a few cultural and entertaining activities every evening. Attendees received a pre-conference in-depth introduction with three tutorials on music performance analysis, sonic interactions for virtual reality applications and phase reconstruction from magnitude spectrograms. While the tutorials were not mandatory for attendance, almost all the delegates joined the sessions. Alexander Lerch and Stefan Weinzierl (“Music Performance Analysis”) explained how semantic analysis could be applied to support learning a musical instrument by providing feedback on the accuracy of a performance with respect to rhythm, pitch and tone.… Read the full article

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Pre-Emphasis: Part I

By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was very busy Thanksgiving weekend at the Waldrep household. I’m ready to get back to the university and my normal schedule tomorrow. It’s always crazy with the traditional holiday feast but our family has the added attractions of our wedding anniversary, two birthdays in the immediate family (my wife and youngest son were born on the same day), and two of my wife’s siblings also celebrate birthdays over the weekend and they live just an hour’s drive up the coast.… Read the full article

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Sound Breaking BBC Series

By | November 20th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The past week my local PBS station has been broadcasting an eight-episode series that explores the impact of the recording industry on modern culture. It’s called SoundBreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music and was the final project produced by legendary record producer Sir George Martin before his passing in early March of this year. I haven’t watched every show yet but I highly recommend the series for those interested in learning about the process of making commercial recordings and the forces that have influenced music production and the business.… Read the full article

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Better Records — Right Concept, Wrong Implementation

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve left the BetterRecords.com website open in my browser for the last several weeks with the intent to write a post about their approach to offering higher fidelity. You can check the site out for yourself but please promise to keep your credit cards in your wallets. The people behind the site have managed to make a living (don’t know if they’re thriving but with outrageous prices I would think so) by shopping for classic vinyl LPs from the used record stores and evaluating them in search of those made from a “Super Hot Stamper”.… Read the full article

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Resolving High Resolution

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most of you know I’m not a believer in the sonic enhancements attributed to fancy, expensive cables. The simple fact remains that audiophiles love to argue and rant about this issue — usually from their own very subjective point of view.

The other day someone posted a question on a FB group asking whether upgrading the power cables on his system was worth it. Of course, there were immediate comments from believers and non-believers. But what surprised me was a response by a staunch supporter of expensive power cords that the reason the most listeners can’t appreciate the “improved low level details and sonic accuracy” delivered by an upgraded power cord (as well as interconnects — analog and digital — and speaker cables) is because their systems are incapable of “resolving” the new level of fidelity.… Read the full article

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The New York Audio Show – November 4-6

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Chester Group is presenting the New York Audio Show this coming weekend at the Park Lane Hotel. Unfortunately, AIX Records is unable to participate in what will undoubtedly be the best audio show on the east coast. The Waldrep household is about to receive a bunch of family from the Midwest and the timing just couldn’t be managed. But I’ve always enjoyed being part of the New York event. I’ve never done a demo room at the New York Show — it’s just been me and my table of discs and a small demo setup — but I am proud to know that a number of vendors use my recordings to show off their new gear.… Read the full article

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Road Trip – UC San Diego Audio Lab

By | October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I attended the California Institute of the Arts – Music Composition program in the late 80s after studying with Mel Powell and Morton Subotnick among others. One of my closest friends — also an electronic music geek and audio engineer (we collaborated on the sound design for numerous Contemporary Music Festivals and the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival concerts) — has remained a friend after 30 plus years and has just retired from directing the UC San Diego Music Technology program. Peter is very smart in the world of music and technology and also a very fine composer (I heard an immersive composition from 24 loudspeakers in his lab that was gorgeous!).… Read the full article

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AES: The AVAR Conference Report Continued

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I promised additional discussion regarding my experience at the AES AVAR (Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality) conference from a couple of weeks ago. I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to the topic — I was in Colorado and distracted with other things. But the world of VR is a booming marketplace and it I wanted to make sure and get back to it before getting on to other things.

Despite the fact that Virtual Reality has been around for many years, the next three to five years will see the market explode.… Read the full article

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AES Report: Friday Part I

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last Tuesday, the local chapter of the Audio Engineering Society held their monthly meeting at the university where I teach. I can never make the monthly Tuesday evening meetings because the conflict with my evening classes. So they brought the meeting to me. I was the featured speaker and talked about high-resolution audio. The title of the presentation was “High-Res Audio/Music: More Fidelity or Marketing Hype?” If you’re a regular reader of this site you already know the nature of the discussion.… Read the full article

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