Free DSD128 Download, Live Music in Calif.

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August is…

Aloha All!

If you are into DSD you can find about about a free download my friends at iFi-Audio are hosting with one of my unreleased songs recorded in a cabin in Hawaii as DSD128.

Go read (scroll down their latest posts) and grab it from the iFi page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/iFiAudio/posts/

In the same download link there is also the Hilo jungle desktop wallpaper I created.

~~~ 2 Shows in San Gregorio ~~~

HOPE to see some of you in Calif. at San G. on 8/11 (5-7pm) or 8/12 (KPFA Benefit 6pm). http://sangregoriostore.com

Schedule and Tix for the KPFA Benefit shows being played in the Store every weekend in August are online at http://insurgentart.com

Take Care,

– DE

Music in California as Insurgent Art for KPFA.org

Aloha To All

I was honored to be asked to perform for the first annual Insurgent Art Benefit for long standing public radio icon KPFA (FM 94.1, Berkeley, Vigilant As Always).

This Benefit (all proceeds to KPFA) was inspired by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Poetry as Insurgent Art and is being held each weekend for the month of August at the San Gregorio General Store.

Tickets and Schedule are online here…

Seating is limited so advance tix are recommended. Each night features, music, poetry and an art auction. All money raised goes directly to KPFA.

I perform for Insurgent Art Benefit on Saturday, August 12th at 6pm!


ALOHA FRIDAY – AUGUST 11th – 5pm-7pm

In the spriit of Aloha Friday I also will perform in the Store on August 11th at 5pm. There is no cover charge for this gathering of friends and music in the world’s most acoustically correct parlor….


Look forward to seeing some of you again soon.

Hope all those on the top side of the equator are enjoying the long days of summer.

Aloha,

~ DE

Insurgent Art - download and print this poster

No Computer to Play DSD

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We (all of us) have seen the beginnings and endings and re-beginnings of many things in our decades. Computers in music came about in the mid 90’s as a way to share music worldwide with no postage and no printing and no anything pretty much except time. And it took time but that was time well spent then…

Fast Forward 20 yrs and time spent waiting for music is not so fun for most.

DSD is the Holy Grail for me for the highest quality media (digital) and format (Direct Stream Digital) to record in. It captures all the nuances of an ambient signal (like a voice, acoustic guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dobro…) and preserves the carefully constructed wave that represents each note’s original attack, resonance, sustain and decay, in an immortal fashion meaning it never changes characteristics or quality over time.

Downloads are difficult. The truth of this statement increases linearly with the size of a song file. That’s why streaming is catching on so quickly now. No one has the time to download and why bother if it’s ready to play from a cloud to anywhere?

Well some like me still like to hunker down in front of their stereos and just concentrate on what’s being played in a local fashion with no distractions and as little gear/wires/etc. as possible. Hands free so to speak.

Playing discs still allows me to do all this in an automatic fashion.

SACDs came out well over 15 years ago and had the undeniable quality of presenting astounding reproduction on some landmark recordings that have withstood time well before digital audio, computer audio, hi-res and the rest.

While SACDs are still viable at various retail costs, the music on them is either cumbersome to download (expect at least 2GB per stereo album mix and 5GB per multichannel album mix), or not archivable (easily ripped) if purchased on SACD.

DSD DVD Data Discs are an alternative to these two because they are archives of data that can be copied anywhere safe as many times as desired and they are instantly playable by inserting them into your SACD/Blu-ray/DVD player.

http://davidelias.com/dsd_on_dvd_data_discs/

That’s why I brought it back after introducing DSD Disc according to Sony’s spec in 2009 as an online download of the .ISO file to burn your own disc.

I burn it, I test it, I mail it, you play it.

Aloha!

~ DE

Hi-Res DSD MQA Integration To The Max…

I’ve been integrating audio components since…. …. …. never mind….. I’ve been integrating hi-res (HRA, hi-rez, high resolution) audio into my different playback systems since 2000….

I’ve never seen or heard a more advanced integrated Digital Audio Playback (DAP) device than the Pioneer XDP-100R I recently (finally) ordered.

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On the lower left is the Pioneer XDP-100R, last year’s model. There is now an XDP-300R. When the 100R came on market sometime over a year ago it listed and retailed for right around $699. Since then I found one for $299 new and have it with me pretty much all the time. 

I was very interested in it from the start because it was the only device I knew that play both MQA and DSD masters in a seamless fashion. 

The other device in the photo to the right is my trusted and beloved OPPO HA-2 (since replaced by the HA-2SE at OPPO, still retails for $299). The HA-2 provides the hefty headphone amp, native DSD conversion to analog playback as delivered from XDP, and lots of extra battery to run or charge the XDP from.

I can travel anywhere with *just* the XDP but there are sound reproduction results with the combination of those 2 devices that are very very very hard to beat especially (and almost exclusively today) if you want to hear and travel and hook your home system up to play both native DSD and MQA up to 384k unfolded. 

It delivers native or upsampled 5.6mHz DSD (for PCM tracks including decided MQA) with a quality of sound reproduction I believe is very hard to beat no matter what you use.

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I’ve written some audiophile friends about the new setup I have. It is portable, it is long term with battery twice over (really more). It perfectly delivers MQA as well as native DSD analog to any output recipient gear you have (headphones, Bluetooth, Line Out to stereo/studio). It has aeons (days, months, years?) of storage onboard for music or video.  

It doesn’t need a computer to play anything. It *is* a computer.

How does it do this? Here’s my answer:

– It’s an Android PDA (personal digital assistant) and digital player running Android 5.1.1 from Google.  This makes it a very usable and convenient multipurpose tablet that fits in your palm and can host all the Google Play apps you might throw at it. 

I’m using Bluemail and Skype mostly cause I don’t want to burden or clutter it (yet). What I’m saying is it can be your browser, email box, music (and video, hint hint), YouTube player, any media streaming or stored onboard all in one. 

It can’t be your cell phone though you can Skype with calls in and out for $6.99/mo. I’ve used Skype to call out to any cell or Skype or landline number for $2.99/mo. for a very long time when I don’t have cell service (which happens a lot on The Big Island).

By relieving my iPhone of the responsibility of being my portable music player (using the same HA-2 via DoP and the Onkyo HF player app) it freed up all the iPhone  storage (a very conservative 32GB total in comparison to XDP’s whopping 432GB) for photos and videos I take with the phone.  Good trade!

– It is an exceptional MQA decoder providing full resolution unfolding Other popular lower cost MQA DACs I’ve had and used like the Meridian Explorer2 are limited to 192k. None of these support DSD either. 

The TIDAL software player alone with no external DAC just gets you to 96K (one unfold) as will presumably other software MQA players.

– It is 100% DoP (DSD over PCM) compatible that allows it to deliver native DSD to an upstream device (in my case the OPPO HA-2) via a short USB wire (see photo).

– It upsamples PCM to DSD up to 5.6 (11.2mbps stereo) with real precision (no rounding errors) and sends this as DoP to the HA-2 as well….

– It hosts the TIDAL app for streaming MQA etc…

– It has a lot of battery depending what resolution you are playing and how much Android app you use concurrently — but — I back this up with the HA-2 which is also a battery charger good for at least 1x XDP charges.

– It has up to 432GB of storage (!) using 2 SD micro flash slots up to 200GB each on top of its internal 32GB memory for the OS, apps, and music etc.  The SD micro flash cards are of course unlimited in number if that’s not enough for you.  They fit on a thumbnail literally to carry.

– It weights about 7oz.  The HA-2 is a bit heavier (battery!).  All fit in the add-on XDP hard zippered case I got that fits anywhere with cables, Zipbuds PRO (check those out online Amazon for around $25 — and their  brand new “26” AptX wireless creation I got through Kickstarter) and other various audio detritus.

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What I get from these two devices working together is unlimited headroom for amplification (HA-2 provides necessary oompff even though XDP supports up to 16-300oHm headphones) with the most sophisticated PCM sound ever experienced in my humble opinion. It plays native DSD beautifully as well!

The synergy of MQA decoding with DSD upsampling delivered through an analog 1-bit perfect conversion by OPPO’s HA-2 is a level of Sound Quality on the otherwise edgy compressed qualities of PCM I’ve never come close to experiencing. 

I’m saying MQA sounds great but MQA upsampled to DSD sounds better.

The 2 together fit in my jean jack inside pocket.

The XDP can play everything on its on however the DSD in that case is its PCM converted counterpart, the same as all non-native DSD media players and DACs including Korg’s AudioGate, JRiver and the like. These all also support DoP to connect a “real” DSD DAC to like OPPO, Mytek and many many more.

If you are asking: How can I play the full studio authenticated MQA as well as Native DSD from one setup both in my home and on the go and have all the battery and power for rock n’ roll that I need as well as the convenience of a full Android/Google tablet in my hand traveling around, then look no further…..

Onkyo has very a very similar nearly identical product in collaboration called the DP-X1.  There is also an Onkyo Music app that allows you to buy MQA and other downloads online.

Good stuff. Low Price (I got 2 x 200GB San Disk SD flashes for a total of $150 online btw). Very Amazing Sound.

Did I say it plays your videos stored as well in all the popular formats with 720p resolution. I really like its video quality too.

Aloha!

– DE

….integration….the secret sauce for MQA and all PCM is hi-res DSD upsampling. XDP can do this with HA-2 attached and the result is not like any CD you ever heard.

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DSD on DVD Discs – Same Masters as SACD – Plays in your SACD player

DSD Made Easy…

To avoid the 6GB+ download for multichannel DSD64 and 2GB+ for stereo, that still is a problem for many worldwide, not to mention a hassle, I now ship a DVD (Data Disc) with the same album tracks on it.

This disc plays directly from the OPPO or any other SACD/DSD disc player (which is usually the DVD/Blu-ray player too) by just selecting the “Music” option (2nd menu choice on OPPO) instead of “CD” option.

Then you just press Play and it plays the album track by track as native DSD. Exactly the same DSD masters as on the SACDs.

“The Window” SACD has been out of print for many years now and is known to sell as used copies online by others for hundreds of dollars. In addition, I have some of my best-selling DSD albums that have never been printed as SACD, only available as DSD Downloads.

All of these are now available as discs for sale. Not CDs, just DSD on a data disc. They won’t play in a CD player. Only in your SACD player.

Back to the problem for some…DSD Downloads. Not only is downloading sometimes tedious depending on your Internet speed and data limit per month (I only get 10GB/mo here for what I can afford), but you then also need the right computer media player like JRiver or Audirvana or others.¬† Then you also need the right DSD DAC like OPPO HA-2, or Mytek or AURALiC or others and you need to have all that feed your stereo.¬† Playing multichannel in this fashion can be more challenging.

Not everyone’s idea of fun in music.¬† Instead they like to pop a disc into their DVD/SACD player and press play.

You can do it by ordering a DSD DVD Disc here:

http://davidelias.com/dsd_on_dvd_data_discs

No one else has done this that I know of, but that shouldn’t scare you. It’s usually cheaper than buying the SACD but doesn’t come in a fancy package.

Just the highest quality DVD (verified) with a white label, hand made, hand written, signed by me and mailed to you in a solid case within a day or two.  You pay shipping which is added at PayPal checkout, depending on where you are in the world.

So far these have gone as far as from Hawaii to Ireland!

Here are the native DSD albums available as DVD Data discs:

  • ¬†Coffeehouse Playlist #1 (sampler of other DSD albums) – Stereo ($24.95 + shipping)
  • ¬†The Window – Stereo or Multichannel ($24.95 + shipping)
  • ¬†Crossing – Stereo or Multichannel ($24.95 + shipping)
  • ¬†Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions – Stereo ($24.95 + shipping)
  • ¬†Slipper DSD Sessions – Stereo ($19.95 + shipping)

Most of these have a PDF with notes, lyrics and photos you can download from the web page where you buy it.

Another nice thing about DVD Data discs with DSD Masters is that you can back them up!  Just copy the DSD (DSF) files off the disc and save them on your computer. No can do with SACDs.

Yes and you can play those same files through your JRiver or Audirvana or whatever you have on computer to play DSD as well.  No DRM in other words.

Hope that didn’t scare you. It’s supposed to make playing “downloadable” DSD easy. You just put in a disc and press Play.

http://davidelias.com/dsd_on_dvd_data_discs

Aloha to All,

– DE

PS – if you followed all this and you have DSD Downloads already, you probably figured out you can burn your own DVD and play any of them in your SACD player if you want as well.¬† You don’t need me to do that!

No April Foolin… LITG Redeem Codes

Here’s a link to the Google doc worksheet that has the codes and links to redeem – 20 Lost In The Green MQA CD Master downloads (any PCM lossless format you choose). Also allows Bandcamp (not MQA) streaming of the same title forever.

These downloads will play on *any* media player. You don’t need special hardware or software to listen to this 16/44.1 MQA encoded master.

If you use BlueSound gear, you may have to rename the audio files to end with “.mqa” (no quotes) so that media player knows to engage the MQA decoding.

Click here to view shared doc with Redeem Codes

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14YOO_Kv6C_PD0kQcKKo_Va0Jbttz4UgXu9QAV_cceFU/edit?usp=sharing

[Update: if you can’t see the link go to my Facebook page here: 

http://Facebook.com/davideliasmusic 

— WordPress can drive me crazy with embedded links not supported, sorry.]

Please mark the worksheet code you use with an “X” so others don’t try it later. Each code works only once.

Enjoy the music.

~ DE

“Lost in the Green” grows up to CD quality streaming with MQA

Even though this was my first recorded album done in ’95 and released in ’96 I never released it to iTunes and the rest for digital downloads. I don’t know why…maybe their compressed MP3 sound was too off the original.
It was a coffeehouse acoustic album, I made it in a spare bedroom and did all the recording and mixing. it was mastered by Gus “Guinness” Skinas. I included 2 cover songs by Townes Van Zandt who was still living then, out of respect for his respect for songwriting.
 
Now these years later, I made this roots acoustic collection featuring Calvin McElroy (guitars, mandolin), John Caulfield (fiddle) and Roger Powell (guitars) on some tracks available for streaming on TIDAL and 7Digital as an MQA encoded CD Master.
 
 
It sounds better to me than on disc with the MQA corrections in the time coherence delivering these tracks as the stark,bare bones original sound it got created as.
 
If you are not a TIDAL or 7Digital (Onkyo) subscriber, the MQA Master CD download is online here:
 
 
(Note: streaming from bandcamp sounds good but is not cd quality or MQA)
 
Aloha to all,
~ DE

Dime Along

Dime along
A ticket gets you free
Your bed of leaves
Your woolen histories
Disarray
Roots of granite
Fantasy
Nights of disarray
Stolen highways
Byways always
Be remembered
By yourself
Unto others
Stolen highways
Mentors of the night
Landscape release
Be remembered
Side road sanctuaries
Be a memory
Fateful

Spring Price Break ~ DE MQA Catalog of Downloads are now all 25%+ Off

New Prices Online for MQA/Hi-Res/CD downloads…
 
 
21 albums, EPs and singles ranging from CD master to DXD (24/352.8) as folded MQA encoded PCM now range in price up to just $19.95 for the DXD masters.
 
There are some free downloads here as well as announced earlier.
 
All of the MQA masters can be played on *any* software media player or iPhone/Android. They sound good that way, much better than CD to my ears every time. I’m not alone in that conclusion of course.
 
The benefit of the MQA encoding corrects time smearing also known as pre- and post-ringing effects in the recording. This is an artifact of most PCM recordings without MQA.
 
The result is a much more natural sounding playback, easier on the ears and a lot nicer to listen to. All my masters benefited from this including early CD releases (dating 20+ years ago) and more recent DSD masters converted to PCM then encoded as MQA by MQA Ltd.
 
If you have an MQA DAC the hi-res albums/tracks above 20kHz get unfolded and played in their full resolution up to 352.8kHz. Yes they do sound better but the DAC can be added anytime and you still enjoy very high quality recordings with the gear and software you have today.
 
I have listened to all the DXD masters without unfolding (no MQA DAC), and am always pleased and surprised by the sound quality, even without MQA decoding.
 
I like MQA because it provides that easy to play approach, no matter what. You can even burn these to a CD and play them in your car too. It supports lossless streaming in low bandwidth with full resolution on the playback end. Quite amazing. TIDAL is offering this now if you are interested.
 
If you download from my site at http://davidelias-mqa.com just be sure to choose a Bandcamp PCM format that is lossless. It should be one or more of these: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIF. Most things play ALAC including Apple and these are much smaller files than AIF. FLAC is similarly smaller than WAV for PC.
 
Remember too that if you buy online at Bandcamp, you get access to the songs from your computer or Smartphone forever in addition to being able to download as often as you need to in whatever format you want. NOTE: Streaming from Bandcamp today does not support MQA decoding! It may in the future if/when BC provides lossless streaming. I find it to be quite good anyway.
 
One final note regarding BlueSound and some NAD player users. It appears that most of the BlueSound players I’ve been made aware of by listeners require the downloaded audio files to be renamed such that they end with “.mqa” (no quotes of course). This allows the player to properly identify MQA audio files and decode them correctly.
 
Email me from my web contact page if you have any questions about MQA, I’ll do my best to help clarify.
 
It will be Spring any day now. Plant something if you can…
Aloha!
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