Category Archives: Discography

September Was Fun – Take 50% off Anything

September was so much fun, a 50% harvest sale of anything and everything on my catalog (including the entire discography!) at http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

Use the checkout discount code: Take50

Good thru midnight UTC on Sept. 30th.

Most of the 22 titles are MQA Masters decoding up to 24/352.8kHz. If you are not decoding MQA today no worries they sound very good no matter what you play them with.

Aloha! Thanks for all the listens.

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Take 30, or Get 55…Happy Holidays

You Came To The Right Place…

Happy Holidays!

Aloha to All – Wishing you the best with a 30% Sale on all titles through Christmas.

Use this Promo Code when you purchase:  TAKE30

The Catalog for PCM downloads is here:  http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

Remember that these MQA encoded files will play through any software media player or burned to a CD!  The sound quality is very good to me and many others at this point no matter how they get played.

You can also download my entire PCM catalog below online (19 albums/titles) for a 55% discount.  Just select that option from any of the album pages you click on. These are the PCM/MQA Masters only, not DSD.

Entire Discography of DE Masters (19 titles) at 55% Off

Buying albums/tracks on Bandcamp also entitles you to stream the same tracks from a web browser or smartphone forever from the Bandcamp page or smarphone app with surprisingly good quality too.

About MQA – Hi-Res
My hi-res tracks gets unfolded up to 352.8k by an MQA DAC.  But the DAC isn’t required to play the hi-res files (SACD gurus think of the hybrid layer, it acts in a similar way).


Just be sure to choose any of the Bandcamp “Lossless” formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV or AIF.  That’s it.  It plays no matter which you choose. You can also download any format anytime on titles you’ve purchased.


You can send these as gifts too…choose the “Send as Gift” link.


Mele Kalikimaka!  Be Well!

DE

David Elias - CD and Hi-Res Catalog - 30% Sale

Voice Memo – Songs From Hawaii released for downloads and streaming

Aloha!

The MQA master (16/44.1) of “Voice Memo – Songs From Hawaii” is now online with my MQA master download catalog at Bandcamp: http://davidelias-mqa.com

It has a PDF to download with lyrics and notes. There are 30 tracks, all recorded on my iPhone using the stock “voice memo” app. I mastered it at 32/44.1. The download master (16/44.1) was encoded as MQA by MQA Ltd. You can now grab it as MQA online. (Note here, the first printing of the CD is not MQA encoded.)

Thanks again to everyone for listening and for supporting independent artists. If you want one of the printed CDs now (will be online at CDBaby, Amazon, etc. soon) you can let me know. I can mail one to you in the U.S. for $10 through Nov. 30th.

— DE

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(from the PDF notes…)

~~~~About My Songwriting~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A way to listen to the way my songs get created. I get asked this often enough. Dave, do you write the words first, or the music, or do you look up random things on Google and get ideas… … … ??

I can tell you there is no research in my songwriting. No Google, no newspapers, no references. Not even an idea of what I am going to write about 99.99% of the time. I am a tune player and creator on guitar. That’s usually what I do when I pick up the guitar, play something new whatever comes out. It comes through me sitting there and I don’t think about it much except trying to hear what it’s saying. 99% of the time I play and play and play for awhile then forget it all.

But sometimes the tune is catchy to me and I work on it and keep trying to get it right and eventually it sounds like it has the right shape and notes and well, tune.

So I might start singing along with it at some point during that sitting and see if there’s a singing part to go with the guitar part. No real words but then usually there are real words coming out of me, I didn’t plan them.

So there’s the idea for the song and I just write down the words as I come upon them and turn them into the melody and the song. That’s how I remember the song – that and then I often turn on Voice Memo on the iPhone to record it at that point. Like I just discovered something I don’t want to forget. Which is what I did.

Voice memo….

Sometimes the tunes on guitar don’t have any words. They are enough they way they are. Or words could come later. Or words I’d written down (poetry ok) another time can be randomly matched to a tune. That happens too.

So tune first, words next, song maybe. Or tune first, no words, song maybe. Or tune not quite there, no song, maybe later. Or words sitting on a page to tune just written or written and remembered, song maybe. See what I mean? No plan :)

Just trying to get it right…

Voice memos can help. Decided to try to share some of those in the honest fashion they were created sitting at home just playing for me.

Back To San G… $5 off CD Masters (MQA Encoded for Best Sound Quality)

Back in the Store – Oct 9th (Sun) and 14th (Fri) – San Gregorio, Calif.

There’s nothing like a good old General Store that serves beverages and hosts live music to help an autumn weekend out on the Northern California Coast.

I’m back visiting San G. in October – Please come with some friends and family to the shows there on Sunday October 9th (2pm to 5pm) and Friday October 14th (5pm to 7pm).

Here’s their schedule and directions online: SanGregorioStore.com


CD Masters – $5 downloads (with MQA encoding for best sound quality)

To make it offishal, for the next 30 days you can download any of the first 4 CDs I created back in the day (1995 to 2000) as CD Master downloads for $5.

$5 for any of these titles using the discount code for each album shown below.

Lost in the Green – acoustic coffeehouse first CD release 1995/96 – album cover photograph is San G. above the Store off Stage Rd. (same location as scenic pan in this email!).

Use this code:   LITG75

Time Forgets – kind of LITG Part 2, some electric instruments added 1997/98 – album cover photo is from one of the annual Greenpeace weekend concerts that went on for 20+ years there.

Use this code:   TF75

The Blue Planet – a concept recorded for the planet in 1998 – album cover photo is a blue disc :)

Use this code:   BP50

Half An Hour Away – acoustic trio with mando and flute – live session 2000/01 – album cover photo is from Inverness on Tomales Bay near Pt. Reyes Nat’l. Seashore.

Use this code:   HAHA75


You can preview the songs on each album page. The downloads are the CD masters with MQA encoding and will play on any media player or you can burn a CD with it.

For the best sound quality, please avoid the Bandcamp default of MP3 format and select one of these from the dropdown list to dowload: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIF.  You can always download any of the formats anytime after purchase. You can also always stream from the album page online using your smartphone, tablet or computer.


Hope all’s well and wishing you Aloha! Hope to see some of you again in October.

– DE


$7 Hi-Res Album Download – Lucky Labor Day Sale…Aloha Lester

Lucky $7 Sale – Aloha to Lester…

We were quite lucky in Hawaii this Labor Day weekend with the oncoming Cat 4 hurricane Lester (2nd approaching in consecutive weekends) when it chose (with Pele’s urging) to move north and bypass all islands. Here it is as of this morning. Bad ass!

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I have a Lucky $7 album download price on all of my hi-res albums that are now encoded as PCM using MQA to improve the PCM sound quality as well as reduce the size of the files you download.

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Here’s the deal – When you buy any of these album downloads online at http://davidelias-mqa.com you can checkout using the “code name” below to get 70% off. That will adjust the price of the album to $7.

 David Elias - Labor Day 2016 $7 Hi-Res Album Download Sale

These are all hi-res! If you have an MQA DAC today it will unfold the Studio Authenticated MQA hi-res audio above 24/44.1 (up to 352.8kHz) and play it.

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If you don’t have a MQA DAC today, you can still play these great sounding recordings on any player you have (iTunes, smartphone, JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra, foobar2000). If you get the MQA DAC later or it becomes available in the player you are using later (based on whoever makes the media player adopting MQA) it will unfold the hi-res at that time.

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Either way, you can download the albums for $7 now until midnight (UTC which is Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday September 6th.

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Use the code above (like: labor2016sampler) for the album you are buying and it will discount the price by 70% which will be $7.

$7 Sale Labor Day - David Elias Hi-Res album download

You can checkout using a credit card or PayPal account, both are secure encrypted by PayPal.

 (“Name Your Price” is an option as well, up to you or leave blank to keep price at $7.)

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When it comes to actually downloading the files make sure you choose one of these formats (click the dropdown arrow to see all the choices on download): FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV.

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I recommend FLAC which is the original master uploaded. MQA works fine in the 3 other lossless formats as well but keeping it as FLAC is the simplest I’ve found in a few cases.  Bandcamp lets you down any or all of the formats it offers so you can try more than one. If you want an MP3 copy for your phone or whatever that’s ok too, just be aware it won’t play as MQA authenticated.

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The other nice thing here is that Bandcamp allows you to stream the albums you buy forever after from the website page — or download their smartphone app (iPhone/Android).

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Mahalo to All and Happy Holiday – anywhere you go, you always take the weather :)

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~ DE

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(questions reply to this message and I get it, no one else does)

4 MQA Songs to Try (1 Free) – CD to Hi-Res

Introducing you to MQA with 4 songs.

UPDATED Jan 18, 2017
These 4 songs now download for $4. There is 1 free track available
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Here is how MQA Ltd. described me in their newsletter this week (emphasis is mine):

MQA Artist Release
Sound quality has been a driving motivation for singer-songwriter David Elias since he started recording his music digitally more than 20 years ago. On listening to some of his earliest recordings encoded with MQA, David noted, “The original intention and sounds are much more accurately represented [with MQA] and are therefore much, much more enjoyable to listen to. The convenience of MQA’s smaller file size is an additional no-brainer.” 

This paragraph says a lot for me because I’ve lived with CD and its problems with sound quality as long as everyone else. In fact I had no CDs long after many did, sticking to vinyl and even my own mix tape cassettes (analog ruled) for years after the CD deluge. It sounded better. I liked album covers. What can I say.

I broke my teeth on CD quality recording in 1995 making my first CD in a home studio setup. I recorded to Hi-8 Video Tape at 16/48 on an 8-track Tascam DA-88. I’d recorded myself at times on various tape machines and a few digital boxes for almost 20 years but this was much different.

I listened to a lot of everything I put on tape through that whole process of recording, mixing analog (lengend original Mackie 1202!) to 16/44.1 (Sony TCD-10 DAT) and then mastered on a DyaxisII Workstation. It sounded good and in fact better in the studio than on the final CD that was printed.

Those early CDs and many later recordings were either created or converted to PCM to be moved online one way or another. All my released songs are on YouTube Music now for example, as audio, as well as lots of other places, like 50 or more. The more they travel in the Etherspace the worse they sound generally.  They get downsampled and converted into whatever suits the retailer or streaming radio like Pandora (one of my least favorites for sound quality).

But shoots, I want to get heard…otherwise I wouldn’t put music I write out there in the first place.

Enter MQA… I started listening to it in February on hi-res converted music from 2L in Norway. Classical works. I knew some of them from 10+ years prior as SACDs I had actually been given by Morten Lindberg there. 2L put MQA converted masters (DXD conversions which are PCM at 24/352.8) online to try as well as other hi-res formats. I was using a Meridian Explorer2 MQA DAC connected to my Dell Windows 10 notebook running the latest JRiver.

All I can say is I didn’t hear anything I didn’t like, and in some cases heard some things I really really liked.

So I started listening to other MQA encoded tracks. MQA is not a new audio format. It is still linear PCM, just has its own corrections (aka filtering) applied to the encoding of the music.

 What I started paying attention to more and more and hearing more and more were the timing coherence corrections in the playback. What PCM has always done to my ears, along with countless others, is present a very sharp unnatural edge to the sound that can get worse for me the louder or harder the music is played. It doesn’t flow like vinyl, cassette, or DSD. Usually it kind of attacks quickly, then disappears. It’s not relaxing, let me put it that way.

MQA encoded tracks I listened to had lost much of that sharp attack, no decay characteristic. They were well presented and much easier to listen to. They positioned things more clearly in the stereo space noticeably including the front and back locations in addition to left and right. The soundstage was then more 2 dimensional with depth as well as 3 dimensional with up and down.

This listening started with a lot of music I didn’t know, yet I was happy to listen to it with open ears so to speak.

Over the next few months, I decided I wanted to hear some of my PCM recordings as MQA and started making inquiries as to how I might do that. In the end, I became an MQA artist partner and have converted my catalog and archives to MQA encoded PCM.

I’ve actually had most of my catalog online as PCM on the Bandcamp site (http://davidelias.bandcamp.com) as CD quality up to 24/88.2 for a couple years now. Now most of that has been updated to download in the smaller FLAC or ALAC MQA encoded files.

Overall, MQA sounded better to me than any CD or hi-res PCM master I had. It doesn’t need much more proof to me. I have read a lot about the “what it is” and “why it works” to understand that better, but after my intro through reading and some YouTubes, I just started listening a lot. I still am.

What About The 4 Songs…  The first album on the page at the link above is a free download. You can also stream it as much as you want. Bandcamp lets you download songs in a variety of formats. The default is MP3.  Don’t download it as MP3! 

MQA requires what’s called a lossless format — The 4 big lossless formats being used out there are the original WAV (PC) and AIF (Mac) and their file (not audio) compressed counterparts FLAC (PC) and ALAC (Mac).  Choose one of those when you download from anywhere no matter what the site or music! It is not missing some of its music from the original like MP3!

FLAC and ALAC are roughly 1/2 the size of WAV and AIF. They sound identical and are better at carrying the magic metadata or tags that include all the song and album info for the media player to display when playing the track.

MP3 and Apple’s AAC use math to remove audio data in an original CD or hi-res audio master to make it a much smaller file (in general about 1/10th the size). That was the strategy from the beginning when everyone was dialing up the Internet on modems. It made sense then as one didn’t want to stay online for hours or days to download an album. Apple cemented that approach since iTunes Store came online in 2004. How long will that go on? As long as people buy it I guess.

 Excuse Me, What About The 4 Songs…  Ok, I have a lot of MQA encoded music I am really kind of hearing for the first time myself. This includes both very good and some not so great recordings (like live public hall stuff through a single $99 Sony stereo mic to DAT).

Most of it got created as a PCM recording. The MQA encoded versions of these tracks changed how they sound to me and took me a lot closer to the original performance whether was studio or live stage. It sounds more like the sound in the room at the time and what was played and I am relaxed when I listen to it because of that.

Go here and try 4 songs at 3 different PCM resolutions, all encoded as MQA

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/mqa-track-sampler-any-player-works-1-free-track

If I went into too much detail this email might get long :)

Here’s the (short) not so fine print:

1) If you have an MQA DAC you can hear the full resolution up to 24/352.8 or the limits of your MQA DAC.

2) If you don’t have an MQA DAC you can just play it anyway at 16/44.1, 24/44.1 or 24/48 depending on source track

3) If you get an MQA DAC later (or the media players do it for you) you’ll hear the hi-res then

 The song audio resolutions range from CD (16/44.1) hi-res (24/96) to DXD (24/352.8). They are all only about as big as a CD file to download (about 700MB), maybe a little bigger.

CD’s sound better as MQA to me with or without the MQA DAC gear. You can just play them. I’ve had different people tell me the same thing about my stuff. So far I have heard its biggest benefits on the lowest res recordings. I might even know why.

If you have questions you can reply to this email, it just comes to me…I hope you try downloading the tracks. If you have an MQA DAC, don’t stream them, download them!

Thanks For Listening!

DE
http://www.davidelias-mqa.com (MQA Downloads)
http://www.davidelias.com/dsd_downloads (DSD Downloads)
http://youtube.com/davideliasvideo

May Day! 12-title Discography 75% Off

~ All 12 Releases, 75% Off ~
You can download (and stream forever)
CD and HRA (24 bit) Masters

Some of my discography has been online at my Bandcamp site for a few years now. http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

While there are *no DSD* source masters (DSF files) on BC, there are the very very good quality 24 bit / 88.2kHz downsample transfers of the DSD albums, as well other CD and 24/96 Masters of other non-DSD albums I’ve been self-producing since 1995.  Some of these exist as downloads only so you won’t have the plastic CD version of them.

Go here to see and hear the 12 albums available:
http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

Behind each album, there are full song previews (with pretty darn decent streaming quality, good job BC!).

There is also an option to grab the entire discography (all 12 albums). For MAY DAY there is a huge discount applied to the discography deal. It is currently 75% off or less than $50.

David Elias Discography

So go online there and listen to tracks — you can purchase the Discography download option from any album page — just scroll down and you’ll see it listed as shown above.

About Bandcamp Downloads…
With any album (or discography deal) you will also get unlimited streaming of the same tracks from computer or smartphone or whatever you use.  Here is a page for help with downloads from Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/help/downloading

Note: You will first need to be logged in to Bandcamp before you can download the files.

You can download in ANY format offered which covers all lossless PCM master quality formats (WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC).  Be sure to choose one of these formats for the best sound quality. Don’t worry, you can download more than one format for different uses or different players. Again pretty cool, good job BC.

Many of the albums included also offer other special things to download including PDFs with notes, photos, lyrics. There are also videos for download with some of the titles.

Spring is here. May Day! Enjoy the weather (whatever the weather).

Mahalo Nui,

David

See the eclipse video...link below is post.

Eclipse this… and 60% off Discography (24-bit HD and 16-bit CD masters)

Happy Holidaze. . .

Well it’s a thankful time as a reminder at least, if not more. I was up in the middle of the night again and found a way to put my entire Discography online at Bandcamp (BC) as a one-time purchase at a big discount.

You get the downloads in any or all of the BC digital formats: 16/24-bit FLAC (PCM lossless masters), ALAC (lossless) and MP3 (320k). Buying the downloads as my Full Digital Discography also gets you unlimited streaming of all these tracks anytime forever from the Bandcamp pages. They are arranged nicely by album and very easy to play continuously.

Hey you can also give it to someone as a gift!

Take a look:  http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

When you click the link, scroll down until you see “Full Digital Discography” and that’s it. It looks like this:

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I have 12 albums and singles up there right now including “Crossing”, “The Window”, “Acoustic Trio”, “Slipper Sessions” (all 24/88.2 PCM downloads from the DSD masters) as well as my released CD masters of “Lost in the Green”, “Time Forgets”, “Half an Hour Away” and “The Blue Planet”. There are also some singles there you won’t find anywhere else!

The Discography now is exactly 60% off what the download albums cost individually. That’s the holidaze part. Reply to this message if you have questions I can help with.


Part 2 of this email is the Eclipse part which is a 1080p video I made of the lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014 from here on the Big Island (where there’s no light pollution…at all).

You can see all 3 minutes of this video (my attention span has now shrunk to be in the optimal hit single range of around 3 minutes or less) on YouTube at this link:

https://youtu.be/bFiXzSniF8M

The instrumental soundtrack is my song “Inverness” from “The Blue Planet” CD. If you haven’t heard it you might not recognize me in there cause I just play a single keyboard/synth in a single take. But that’s me and as you can tell the music wasn’t written out.

Here’s a still shot I took of the Blood Moon that night:

Blood Moon Eclipse by David Elias, 10-8-2014, Hawaii



Have a wonderful holiday
and time off everything that’s anything “out there” and a good time with everything that’s “in there” with any and all loved ones who “are there”.

Aloha!

– DE