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July 8, 1998...  Liquid Audio's IPO.  What was Liquid Audio?  It was the first company to offer legal digital downloads delivered worldwide.  I was fortunate to be part ot the crew that helped make history.  Liquid Audio was a software program that predated Napster and iTunes for delivery of audio files.  In a sense, we were the first aggregator for digital audio even though the word "aggregator" didn't exist.

Part Two -- The Recording Chain- examines the steps that music goes through from performer to listener. This is a simplified version, since real-world recording is usually a lot more complex than this. Follow the twelve part series from renown engineer Doug Fearn as he takes us through the recording process and to your speakers.

Direct Stream Digital, or DSD, encoding has been used for years already for SACD and also as an intermediate format inside analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters. It's basic concept is DeltaSigma modulation and uses 1 bit per sample with a sample rate of at least 2.8224MHz (64 x 44.1kHz).   Read the entire white paper by Andreas Koch, one of the pioneers of digital recording.  Download the PDF.

Otari

Recently there has been some curious questions about the meaning of "analog" vs "digital".  Many engineers working with DSD (Direct Stream Digital) feel strongly that DSD digital sounds much better than PCM digital.  Many of us feel that DSD is the closest thing to analog that the digital world can offer.

DW Fearn

Part One - Understanding the Recording Process   --  in a continuing series written by Doug Fearn of D.W. Fearn. Doug has committed his life to the pursuit of excellence in audio engineering.  That led him to manufacturing tube products of top quality for the professional audio engineer.  Today Doug is an advocate of DSD recording.  In this series Doug writes about the recording process to help music lovers understand the choices and complications we make before they have the music on their listening systems.

Blue Coast Collection 2

Technology is what brings us the ability to transform live performances into repeatable audio events using equipement and source material formated for a specific technology.  Over the years, technology advances change for various reasons. 

Roon

The power of community is strong!  We want to thank our ambient music fans for alerting Roon the issues of large file playback.  Credit Roon for contacting us right away to solve the issues and they have!  Read the article for how to get the updates.

AMSR -- a New Genre?

AMSR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response -- that's the long version for "natural sounds".  The current trend uses the sound of whispering, opening beer bottles, birds chirping or any other sounds that occur in nature.  Crinkling paper has had millions of views on youtube.  Some say it helps one to fall asleep.  Others look for a tingling sensation.  How does the audiophile community use it?

Large track file limitations ?

Do you love ambient, electronic or classical music that has long passages?  More than 30 minutes in length?  If you're a fan of DSD256 or other large files your gear might present challenges.  We're looking to change this issue for the future with your help.

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