The Trials of a Mastering Engineer

Unless we were born with the proverbial silver spoon in our mouths, we have to pay our dues during that slow, 10,000 hour march toward mastery. George Geurin, owner and chief engineer at DES Mastering in Dallas, has seen it all during his quarter century career in digital audio mastering. In a recent ’net posting, […]

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Vintage King Releases Al Schmitt Documentary

On July 12, 2016, pro audio dealer Vintage King released a new documentary on the legendary Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt. The Art of Recording a Big Band got its world premiere at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood California. Available as a limited edition DVD release, the 70 minute film was directed by Shevy Shovlin during […]

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Self–Censorship, or the Art of Saying “No, Thanks.”

As an equipment reviewer, a fair amount of new gear comes across my desk. If you’ve ever seen my office, you wouldn’t be surprised at the resulting clutter. I request equipment based on either my limited experience with the product at a trade show, or via a positive recommendation by someone I trust. Unfortunately, like […]

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New Behlmer Interview

Hey Sports Fans, Some of my favorite Hollywood shows, including Braveheart, The Thin Red Line, L.A. Confidential, Shrek and the Star Trek reboot all owe some of their impact and lasting value to the talents of a mostly unsung hero of the mixing console, re–recording mixer Anna Behlmer.

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“High Resolution Audio,” Quality & Critical Listening

Hello Happy Reader, Though I’m “out of the office” for the holidays, I’m still dutifully cleaning my e–mail accounts so I won’t be swamped after New Year’s. As the owner of a standard yellow PonoPlayer, I was catching up on comments over at PonoMusic, and one in particular caught my attention, a note from Allen […]

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RMAF 2013 – Ella Lives Pt. 3

Ciao Gentle Reader, In Parts One & Two of my RMAF 2013 report, I discussed activities at CanJam, always fun, and some of the suites that caught my fancy. This last installment continues with coverage of individual rooms that I enjoyed, starting with April Music…

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RMAF 2013…Ella Lives Pt. 2

Hey Audio Fans, In Part 1 of “RMAF 2013…Ella Lives,” I discussed many of the stuff at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest’s CanJam gathering. This year, it was bigger and better than ever, with some amazing high end headphones, and some budget ones that kick serious butt. In this, the second part of my RMAF […]

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RMAF 2013…Ella Lives Pt. 1

Hello gentle reader, The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest happened earlier this month…This year, I decided to take a different tack than in year’s past. At previous Rock Mountain shows, I’d rush around, attempting to “take in” the whole show. Then I’d rush to crank out coverage. Bah, I say! This year, I moseyed along the […]

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Micromega MyDAC

Hi kidz, The good folks at Audio Plus Services, the North American representative for  Micromega, have lent me their new almost entry level DAC. I say “almost” as it’s not spendy enough to make it into my DAC survey, but yet inexpensive enough (US$370 on Froogle) to compete with all but the bottom feeder products […]

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MidPriced DACs — Part VII

Hello Digiphiles, There seems to never be enough midpriced DACs out there for your dancing and dining pleasure. I’m up to 89 now! An example of one of the new entries is the DSD-capable ARK MX+ DAC from AURALiC. In related news, the 13th edition of Hifi Zine is out, and I have a piece […]

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MidPriced DACs — Part VI

Hello Digiphiles, I’m up to a frankly incredible 86 DACs in my list of mid–priced DACs. In related news, the 12th edition of Hifi Zine is out, and I have a piece in there about shopping for DAC. It’s a 10,000 foot view, but you may find it interesting. An example of one of the […]

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MidPriced DACs – Part Trois

Hey folks, As I dredge up more DACs for your comparison pleasure, I add ’em to the table. The updated version adds the current version of the Music Hall dac25, an easily upgradable DAC that takes kindly to better voltage regulators and op amps… Enjoy! OMas

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