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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

Amarra – Sonic Studio’s amazing audio engine for iTunes

Easy Apples…

If you are an iMac or MacBook or Mac Tower user and like iTunes but have been wondering what you might do to get better sound out of it, or how to support hi-res formats that iTunes does not, check this out.

Amarra – The Purist Music Player

From Sonic Studio, Amarra is a software app that can install and link to iTunes on a Mac OS X computer. By link to iTunes I mean Amarra will run along with iTunes and take over the playback of your audio tracks whenever it can (which is most of the time). You can also create playlists in Amarra itself and run it without iTunes.

What you hear as a result is a much better quality playback than what you are used to hearing because the audio engine (for playback) used by Amarra is far superior to iTunes.

It’s that simple even though 20 some years have elapsed since Sonic Studio’s technology started being used for professional mastering and playback in major studios for CDs and films.

You can get the benefit of their hard work boiled down to a very simple and spiffy app called Amarra. Here’s how they describe it:


Deep, analog, natural, and musical; these are words we hear our customers use when describing their Amarra listening experiences.

With Amarra, you’ll have many “OH WOW!” moments even with tracks you’ve listened to for years. That’s because Amarra enables your music to sound the way it was intended to be heard – beautifully.

If you’re looking for the best sound, try Amarra in your system.


MY HAPPY OFFER TO YOU – Save 50% off Amarra

If you buy any of my HRA/DSD64 + FLAC 24/88.2 download albums “The Window“, “Crossing“, “Acoustic Trio – DSD Sessions” online at http://www.davidelias.com between now and Memorial Day, I will send you a link/coupon that allows you to buy Amarra for about 50% off the $189 retail price. It’s then only $99 for you to buy and register Amarra.

To those of you who know me as a PC guy, the answer to your likely question is: Yes I’m using an iMac at home and it has the lastest Amarra player version 2.6.

Feel free to email me with questions…contact me here

I like good sounding music and here is as much a no-brainer to that end as I’ve ever heard. I also have tens of thousands of songs in iTunes which I’ve been hearing for a long time… Amarra gave them all a new life for my ears without having to do more than install it.

Aloha,

DE

Go Get Some…Hi-Rez…

What’s New and How You Can Get Some…

David Elias - Independent Acoustic

David Elias – Independent Acoustic


I have been watching and listening to the way online music is changing further towards higher quality on almost a daily basis. One of the latest rockets here is that Sony is now opening their vault of master archives and letting the hi-rez bug put their titles online as downloads in the DSD format.

What’s that mean to you? I think it means a lot for anyone who has listened to vinyl, analog tapes (reel-to-reel), or other HD quality downloads from the ever increasing number of sources that give you something beyond the CD quality we’ve grown accustomed to, but not comfortable with.

You can watch the supposed 500 titles from Sony start appearing at http://SuperHiRez.com now through the end of the year. There are already a few hundred HD (FLAC and ALAC to 176.4k, 24-bit) and DSD64 downloads up there.

Click on the “Digital Downloads” menu in the left column to select specific formats. I’m still in their Top Seller 25 list with “Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions” and “The Window” so thank you if you helped with that.


As you must know by now, I care a lot about how things sound, mostly because there are ways to record and produce things that others can listen to (discs, downloads, videos, streaming mp3’s…) and cause them them say things like: “How did you make that sound so natural and real?”, and “How do you get the bass to sound like that?”, and “I never heard that on the CD!”, and “This is almost as good as my vinyl”, or “This is the best #**@#$(#$ thing I ever heard!”…

So listening to music gets fun again and more relaxed and more enjoyable as a pastime, and not necessarily as a background sound filler.  That is something I like a lot!

If you are into Classical and Rare Audiophile Recordings, try browsing High Definition Tape Transfers…They have HD and DSD for Baroque, Chamber, Orchestral, Symphonies, Jazz…You can find my DSD albums there as well. Thanks Bob!

The new release of the “Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions” recorded by Charlie Natzke at Slipperworld.net is a set of 14 songs recorded in 3.5 hrs. by me (acoustic/vocal/harmonica), Charlie (acoustic/vocal), and Chris Kee (upright bass).  We had the windows open (you can hear the redwing blackbirds on one track). We were standing about arms length from each other in a circle. We had our mics bleeding into each other…

We recorded to Sonoma DSD64 live with no overdubs. Nothing was edited.  I mixed this on Sonoma in a day and a night. The Sony mixer card allowed me to do that without ever converting the source tracks from DSD to anything else, even to analog and then back to DSD. The result is 100% pure DSD.

So it is a very live acoustic natural reproduction of a studio performance of the trio. Some people feel this is my most “authentic” recording. Their impression may be so because there are only 3 instruments to pick out and spatially they are represented in stereo in just the way they were recorded.  As I told a friend online, you have to stop thinking of “L/R” (left/right) and think of a performance of 3 guys standing in a circle and you sitting or standing there with them.

I now have the HD version of this album as an 24-bit, 88.2kHz FLAC download for those not using DSD playback hardware or software.  In addition, you get the smaller files as MP3-320 (320kHz) to use in your Smartphone or tablet.

The HD version is now online for $14.95.

The DSD (which also includes FLAC and MP3-320 copies) is also there for $24.95.

You can find these downloads at http://www.davidelias.com

If you have any questions, just reply to this email. Hardware and software for DSD playback is getting easier and cheaper to find. If you are interested in learning more about it, I can try to answer your questions. Two good sources to search for info are Positive Feedback and DSD Guide.

Thanks for Listening!
If it sounds good, it is good…


If you are interested in creating a DSD multitrack recording of your own, contact Charlie Natzke via email – He’s in La Honda, CA at Slipperworld.net.

Charlie is the studio and DSD engineer behind my “Crossing” and “Acoustic Trio” recordings. Another new DSD album release I hope to get out this year is one more project Charlie setup the studio for, recorded to DSD on Sonoma and mixed as analog. He’s da man!

My song “Silver Pen” online for download now is a single from this next DSD album release. It lets you compare different audio formats to hear the differences for yourself. It cost $4.99 for all 5 formats (DSF, FLAC 24/96, WMA Lossless 24/96, WAV 16/44.1 (CD), MP3-320).

Aloha!

– DE

Silver Pen – new single, HRA to compare as downloads

David Elias - SilverPen

David Elias – SilverPen

A DSD Download, plus other Hi-Rez to Compare.

NEW SONG to Download as DSD – “Silver Pen”

The new release “Silver Pen” from the upcoming DSD album “Slipper DSD Sessions – And The Bit Goes On…” is now online to download.  If you are interested in hearing what some of the different Hi-Rez (HD) formats sound like compared to one another, you might want to try this.

http://www.davidelias.com

You will get a DSF download of the original DSD source mix, recorded on Sonoma at Slipperworld.net in La Honda, California. This session recording featuring me, Charlie Natzke (guitar/vocal), Scott Beynon (Fender bass), and Ken Owen (drums) was done live to less than 8-tracks and used no overdubs or edits. It is pure DSD!

You will also get 4 other copies of the song “Silver Pen” in different audio formats (FLAC, WMA, WAV, MP3)… I know… keep reading…


Too Many Acronyms…DSFFLACWMAALACMP3WAVAIFFDon’tKnowDon’tCare…

Hi-Rez downloads are going nuts these days. Sometimes too many choices are just that. I have been working (my ears) on getting it right about lots of audio downloads issues since the beginning in the mid-90’s when MP3 started making it possible to get music online.

The tradeoffs then were file size (due to slow dialup Internet connections) and sound quality.  MP3 at 128k is just about 1/10th the size of the CD quality WAV file. So a “pretty good” sounding file that you could download in less than an hour was a “pretty good” way to go. And boy it went…by the millions of songs.

Cut to 21st century cable modem at 10mbps (million bits per second) compared to the dated dialup modem at 19.2kbps (thousand bits per second) and you can suddenly get either a lot MORE music files in the same time, or…maybe… just BETTER SOUNDING files in the same time. (BTW, Apple iTunes has given us MORE files — 25+ Billion Sold — but not BETTER SOUNDING yet.. maybe we need to ask them about that!)

“Silver Pen” is a native DSD file you can download as DSF with tags (metadata) that includes song info and the graphic (above) for the player to present to you. It is about 150MB as DSD.

Other popular formats you get with the download include the 24-bit, 96kHz sample FLAC, and WMA lossless (for Windows users) at about 80MB. I also included the CD quality (Redbook 16-bit, 44.1kHz sample) WAV for your comparison across formats at about 40MB.

I also included the highest quality MP3 (320kHz) which is just under 10MB. This is to put in your Smartphone or tablet where size does matter…

It’s a new era for audio. Sony is calling it High Resolution Audio or HRA. (I always thought “acronym” had to be pronounced as a word, but I looked it up and sure enough, it includes abbreviations.)

With the new era it is important to learn some new things about what’s out there and how it might fit your taste for quality with the tradeoff for size and cost.

I’m putting this new track out there for those who want to compare quality. There are other choices, but I made mine for this selection and hope it helps give you a reference point.

Feel free to reply to this message if you have questions about this. I don’t think it’s simple, but I do think there are differences. “Better” and “Worse” are like the weather. They change from place to place and person to person. So education helps. That’s what I believe anyway.

Music is for enjoyment.  Here’s to enjoyment!

And if you just like to buy music from iTunes, here’s the link!


PS – Muchos Mahalos to the outrageous CasualTees for playing to a full house in San Gregorio General Store last Saturday.  It was like we never left…Roger, KO, Scotty, Gar, Reid and Marty – you guys rock!

TOMORROW – NOVEMBER 1st — Scott and Marty and I will be back at the Store this Friday, November 1st, from 6pm to   8pm to give everyone the trio version of some of these original independent acoustic stories. Hope to see you there.

Aloha! – DE

california beach, hmb

california beach, hmb


DRM – another high ladder out the window

When Sony introduced Super Audio CD (SACD or SA-CD) in the early part of the 21st century, the media platform was rolled out with two main ingredients:

1) Superior sound quality in the form of DSD (Direct Stream Digital) sampling at 2.8MHz, 1-bit

2) Digital Rights Management (DRM) in the case of SACD was provided using digital watermarking where the disc’s physical pits are used to create a signature that prevents copying to another physical media

http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol17/pdf/tw_saud.pdf

Now over a decade later, Sony announced their High Resolution Audio (HRA) platform that again embraces DSD mastered recordings but this time in the form of downloads.

These DSD downloads are already appearing from titles bearing some of the big names out there like Shelby Lynne, Norah Jones, Counting Crowes, Rickie Lee Jones, as well as classic and classical names including Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Bille Holiday, Charles Mingus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

http://store.acousticsounds.com/index.cfm?get=topsellers&Field_cat=372

There are many more from the Sony vaults and other vaults to follow.

Guess what’s missing from this High Fidelity (HRA, Hi-Rez) campaign?
DRM! Copy protection! It’s out the window!!

Of course the whole world has already gone through this a few times starting with Napster which was forced to shut down (kind of like our recent government) in July, 2001 as a contributor, not a perpetrator, of copyright infringement. It had been operating for a couple years as the shared storage for P2P music downloads (they didn’t call it a Cloud then). In 2001 they had around 25 million subscribers.

I have been online with free downloads as MP3s since 1995. I still have free downloads online. Napster has been closed, bankrupt, reemerged, then bought and sold to Rhapsody. Regardless, the music is still getting moved around into players and then people’s ears…

There have been many other companies and initiatives in this free distribution direction. Somehow Apple’s iTunes thinks there is a “safe” limit of around 5 or 6 “authorized” PCs/Macs to allow receipt and hosting of their downloads.

What I’m asking is, will anyone *always* download something that’s free and *never* download something that costs money?

So what is DRM to anyone? Music is shared. Music is bought. As Gillian Welch sings in her 2002 ‘Time (The Revelator)’ song: “Everything is free now”. She goes on to sing “That’s what they say…everything i ever done…gonna give it away…”

A record industry that has been obsessed with making it difficult if not impossible to copy a good recording is now being led by a company that embraces digital file downloads which are highly likely to live (be copied) in more than one location at one time.

Jane Siberry began offering her music online many years ago (already) based on the premise that the artist (and the Sheeba Records label in her case) should not be in a position to decide for the listener what the recording is worth. Rather the listener should decide what it’s worth!  She still runs the web store that way. You can set the price. It’s up to you.

I sold CDs at shows that way for many years – you pay (or not pay) what you want. Self-service all the way. I was also opening some shows for Jane Siberry at that time.

What I found over the years, was that it never mattered what price I set or didn’t set on selling music. I sold about the same amounts no matter what it cost the buyer! My free downloads are not especially popular because they are free. They follow the same cycles as the stuff getting paid for. It’s more about the music…

Sure music is a business and an industry and everyone should get paid. But who is everyone? I think the recent official DRM ladder removal may be a precursor to the removal of some business layers that maybe shouldn’t be there or are at least are not necessary.

It may end up being an unintended consequence of pointing to the essence of “free”, which to me means “independent”.

Start your own label, see what happens…

“but i’m gonna do it anyway
even if it doesn’t pay….”
– gillian welch

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