This unique disc will provide a personal guide through the world of hi-res music.
Over a dozen REAL high-resolution audio tracks from the AIX Records collection.
Setup and calibration tones to help test and tweak your system.
Instantly switch between traditional stereo and two different 5.1 mixes.
Ever wanted to compare a variety of encoding formats by simply a button? This disc has it.
Listen to several tracks before mastering and after heavy…and typical…compression is added.
Most of the demo tracks have high-definition video as well as high-resolution audio tracks. See the musicians playing.
If you don’t have a Blu-ray player, you can simply download all of the files with the included coupon.
1. Let Them In – John Gorka
2. Is It Only Me? – Hanna-McEuen
3. We Just Disagree – Dave Mason
4. My Boy Lollipop – Alana Davis & Ernest Ranglin
5. Lulu’s Back In Town – Steve March Tormé
6. Mujaka – The Latin Jazz Trio
7. All the Things You Are – James Walker and Free Flight
8. Guitar Noir – Laurence Juber
9. Shostakovich – Piano Quintet Op. 57/Movement I – Chamber Music Palisades
10. It Was A Lover and His Lass – Zephyr: Voices Unbound
11. Mozart – Overture to the Marriage of Figaro – Cristian Mandeal – G. Enescu Phil.
12. Stravinsky – The Firebird Suite/Finale – Cristian Mandeal – G. Enescu Phil.
Channel ID Test - Stereo and 5.1/7.1 Surround
Want to confirm that all of your speakers are connected correctly. Use the test tones on this disc. They are available in Hi-Res PCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio.
Speaker Balance Test - Tones To Check That Your Speakers Are Balanced
It’s important that you have identical volume coming from all of your speakers. This section provides tones to balance stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 systems.
Speaker Phase Test - Confirm That Your Speakers Are In Phase
There are pairs of in phase and out of phases tones, which enable you to confirm that all of your speakers are in phase with each other. Available for stereo and surround systems.
Frequency Sweep Test - Use Sweep Tones To Check Your Entire System
There are pairs of in phase and out of phases tones, which enable you to confirm that all of your speakers are in phase with each other.
Stereo - Listen In Traditional Stereo
Each of the demonstration tracks on the Blu-ray comes with three different mixes. There is a 96 kHz/24-bit PCM stereo mix on one of the three parallel audio streams.
5.1 Stage POV - A Stage Mix Puts You Right On Stage
Imagine yourself sitting on stage with the band members. That’s what a stage mix sounds like. The sound envelopes you from all directions.
5.1 Audience - Experience The Music From The Best Seat In The House
If being in the middle of the band or on stage with the ensemble doesn’t feel right, then hit the AUDIO button on your remote and experience an audience 5.1 mix. You choose.
Have you ever wondered if you or your audiophile friends can tell the difference between a low quality compressed MP3 file, a very good lossy file, a CD, and a real high-resolution music track? Maybe your system isn’t up to the task? Test both using the format comparison section of the Blu-ray disc. Instantly switch between any of these formats playing the same music selection at exactly the same level.
This is a waveform of the same award-winning recording from the AIX catalog. The left half is the natural dynamics of the piece and the right is the same few minutes mastered for release through iTunes and on CD. Which do you think sounds more like the live recording?
Music and Tests Available As Files
If you don’t own a Blu-ray player, the eBook version of Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound will include access to the test tones and comparisons. Note: you won’t be able to instantly switch between the formats, mixes, or mastered/unmastered files without a Blu-ray player.
Mark was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Birmingham. His father was a corporate pilot for General Motors and his mother a housewife. Read Complete Bio.
Dr. Waldrep has been working professionally as a recording engineer and media producer since his late 20s, having studied at the Sherwood Oaks experimental college in Southern California with Brian Ingoldsby. Click here to see some of the projects that Mark has worked on.
A frequent speaker, Dr. Waldrep has been invited to give keynote addresses all over the world including the Latin AES Convention in Bogota, Columbia and the InterBEE in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Waldrep is one of the leading authorities on high-resolution audio/music. He has been recording and producing hi-res productions since 2000 with the arrival of the DVD-Audio format.
Dr. Waldrep has been a university professor in the California State University system since 1978 and currently is Professor of Audio Recording in the Division of Digital Media Arts at CSUDH. To see his university page, click here.
His daily blog posts can be found at RealHD-Audio.com. Mark writes about audio, high-end systems, high-resolution music, and music production. Over 5000 people read his daily articles. Visit site.
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A large number of videos of Dr. Waldrep can be found online at various trade events or being interviewed on Home Theater Geek and other webcasts. Here’s a link to a few of the more recent ones.
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"Mark Waldrep knows what he's doing."
"AIX Records has established itself as a media label dedicated to the production and delivery of music of uncompromised quality."
"There also are a few labels that I have found you can trust. AIX Records is one of them."
I applaud you for educating people about what is and isn’t HD-Audio (analog tape/vinyl being an example that isn’t HD).