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Blue Coast Collection SACD

There are many pieces of a musical puzzle that delivers music from the studio to home listening.  We've have identified 6 categories that we call "Six Parts of Production" or the "Six Degrees of Degradation' (much to the chagrin of our audio engineers and audiophiles).  It's true.. every stage is another step of audio degradation that needs to be managed so as to lose as little quality as possible to produce the best end result.

In this article we focus on Part 3 (mastering) and Part 4 (authoring) for DSD downloads and SACD production.

New Esterhazy Quartet

In today's world, it's hard to understand that systems of tuning used in the majority of popular music have only been established for about 150 years.  That's a short period of time in the scope of music history.  How does it affect your experience of music?

Fiona Joy Hawkins

Certainly, we are not experts in the field and welcome your thoughts on how music makes your life better.

Meghan Andrews

This is a question that has perplexed many of us who record in high resolution audio.  Sure, our focus is on DSD / one bit recording...  but why are most audio engineers recording at 44.1 or 48?  You think it would be easy to move to PCM 9624 or 192.  Heaven forbid anyone should move to recording in DSD!

It's not a simple answer.

Recently the subject has come up as to why downloads and streaming services play back differently?  This article begins to explore why that happens and welcomes comments about your experiences.

H-Res Audio

Have you listened to the same song playing from Tidal? Qobuz? Applemusic?  Youtube?  Do you notice subtle differences?  We're going to explore this concept and welcome your explorations comparing these services.  Where do these companies get their files from?

Setting up a listening test to compare various types of files is not easy.  You need a base of equipment and a trusted set of files to start.  Set aside several hours and have a few people involved.  We rarely do a test with fewer than 3 people. Here we'll explore some of the basics steps to compare files.

math vs ears

In a recent discussion at computeraudiophile.com I was asked to participate on a thread about a math experiment that led to this conclusion... "The math says there's no difference between the FLAC and the WAV file".   We do listening tests.. regardless of math.  If we hear a difference... even the slightest difference and it can be duplicated several times, then something is wrong and needs investigation.

San Francisco Symphony

Recently some prominent audiophile reviewers have voiced their opinion on what they believe an audiophile recording is.  Opinions vary greatly and seem to depend on the favorite genre or listening style of the reviewer.  Written by Cookie Marenco, Blue Coast Records

The discussion of the Loudness Wars has finally reached a few ears in the pro audio community.  We are grateful to Tape Op for presenting this article written by Aaron Mullan.

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