About Us

Oliver “OMas” Masciarotte started his slogging through the murky waters of “new media” at his first jobs out of college, slaving as a bench tech for dbx, a/d/s and Lexicon. Since then, he’s worked for several other vendors including Neotek where, as Production Manager, he built some of their last big analog desks.

Having also done time on the end user side doing film sound and as a staff engineer at Criteria Recording, he then moved into rich media product development, first for Philips NV and then Sonic Solutions. At Sonic, he helped develop and support their ground breaking desktop audio production system, what these days we call a “DAW,” and later their DVD authoring & SACD products.

When he’s not enjoying his family and the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco where they live, he runs Seneschal, a professional services consultancy. Seneschal provides technical facilitation for producers of rich media, specializing in the assessment, design and support of cost effective digital production environments. Customers range from governmental organizations in Asia, Africa and the United States to media production houses in North America and Europe.

6 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Hey, I found your blog on bing. It’s really well written and it helped me a lot. Continue the good work.

  2. Dear Oliver,

    I can’t tell you how happy I am with your book ‘To Serve & Groove: A Comprehensive Compendium of Numerically Disposed Mellifluous Servitude’. It has really helped me to understand the fundamentals as well as the practicalities of setting up a sound music server. I came a long way by googling around, but I found so many ‘little opinions’ that it was hard to make rational choices. I’ve done so now. (My wife hates you for having me spend an additional € 850,- on additional memory and an external thunderbold disk!). For an interested – and intelligent – amateur the world of digital audio is not trivial for sure.

    My set up now is:
    – MacMini 2.5/Core i5
    – 8 MB RAM
    – External 2 Gig thunderbold LaCie
    – Super clean machine, monitored daily with system Activity Monitor
    – iTunes
    – Amarra player

    I would kindly like to ask you a question that you didn’t cover in your book (or I missed it). My DAC accepts ‘only’ 24/96 via USB. However it does accept 24/192 via digital coax (it doesn’t have AES*).
    – Is it worthwhile to arrange for a 24/192 connection between my music server and my DAC?
    – Do you have an opinion on the Lindemann USB-DDC 24/192 DDC product? It’s a USB Hub that accepts 24/192 from a DAC and converts that to 24/192 digital coax. (http://www.lindemann-audio.de/en/products/usb-audio/products/usb-ddc-24192/product-features/)

    * Would you say it’s worth when buying my next DAC with AES option? Or is it ‘just’ a matter of implementation as you’ve stated in your book, and digital coax is as good when implemented properly?

    Thank you so much for taking the effort to respond to my question.

    With kind regards,
    Raymond Creemers

  3. Dear Oliver,

    Following my earlier question, I can’t resist to ask you another question with regards to DACs that you didn’t mention in your excellent book.

    Do you have an opinion on ‘integrated digital amplifiers’ like the NAD C390DD? Like would you opt for something like that or would you advise on DAC/Pre-Amp + PowerAmp?

    Again, thank you so much for letting me know your thoughts.

    With kind regards,
    Raymond Creemers

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  5. Hey Raymond,

    I own an integrated amp with USB input, a Pioneer. It’s fine for my lifestyle application but is not the last word in fidelity. I think you will find that the new DACs with preamp or integrated amps built in are going to yield better sonics. That said, for the cost, they should!


  6. Hello again Raymond,

    Thanks very much for your thoughts on TS&G, I’m glad you have found it useful!

    To your question; it would definitely be advantageous to eventually purchase a USB-to-AES3 (coaxial) format converter. As to the Lindemann, I have not heard it (Lindemann, please contact me), and their web site is too vague to draw any conclusions.

    The current AES3 spec, unifies AES balanced and unbalanced under the same umbrella. Unless you live in a very (electrically) noisy environment, unbalanced AES instead of balanced is perfectly fine as long as you keep your cable length fairly short, 1 or 2 meters is best.

    All the best,

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