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AIX Records 3D Music Album Demo & Calibration Disc

Mark Chesnutt, Rita Coolidge, Free Flight & others more

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AIX Records Calibration Disc & HD Music Sampler

Various Artists & Complete Test Tones more

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AIX Records BD HD Sampler IV

Various Artists & Genres [21 tracks] more

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A High-Resolution Audio Experience

Various Artists & Genres [29 tracks] more

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Goldberg Variations Acoustica

The AIX All Star Band more

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The Old City String Quartet - Mozart

Corey Klein / Horn and Ruokai Chen - Clarinet more

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

featuring Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, Russ Rentler & Michael Manring more

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Chamber Music Palisades - Shostakovich/Debussy/ Brockman

Chamber Music Palisades more

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Pachelbel Acoustica

The AIX All Star Band more

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AIX Records 3D Music Album Demo & Cal. Disc

Mark Chesnutt, Rita Coolidge, Free Flight more

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AIX Records BD HD Sampler IV

Various Artists more

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AIX Records - BD Audio Cal Disc & HD Music Sampler

HD Video & HD Audio tracks from AIX Records more

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, R. Rentler & M. Manring more

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, R. Rentler & M. Manring more

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Lowen & Navarro - Carry On Together

Phil Parlapiano, Brett Simons & Dan Marfisimore

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

guests Jamie Hanna, Phil Salazar and John McEuen more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

Robby Krieger, Elliot Easton, Monty Alexander more

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Stevé March Tormé - Tormé Sings Tormé

Steve Rawlins, Jim DeJulio, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Rodriguez & more

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Vantage Point - Resolution

Simon Phillips, Jaff Babko, Walt Fowler, Brandon Fields & Alphonso Johnson more

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The Emil Richards/Joe Porcaro Allstar Big Band - Odd Men In

Pete Christleib, Chuck Findley, David Garfield & Bruce Zweig more

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

Gordon Goodwin [Big Phat Band], Jim Cox, Jimmy Johnson & Greg Bissonette more

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The Steve Huffsteter Big Band - Gathered Around

with Bill Perkins, Lee Thornburg, Buddy Childers, and Jock Ellis more

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The AIX All Stars - Surrounded By Christmas

with Laurence Juber, Jim Cox, Leland Sklar, Steve Forman and John Ferraro more

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Calamari

Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, David Garfield & Mike Valerio more

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The Jim DeJulio Jazz Quintet

featuring Pete Christlieb, Conte Candoli, Pamela York and Joe La Barberamore

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The Latin Jazz Trio

Luis Conte, David Garfield & David Carpenter more

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David Garfield & the Retro Jazz Quintet

David Garfield, Walt Fowler, Larry Klimas, Ernest Tibbs, Oscar Seaton more

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Cheryl Bentyne - Among Friends

Corey Allen, Grant Geissman, Kevin Axt & David Tull more

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The Paul Smith Trio

Jim DeJulio & Dave Tull more

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Piano, Bass & Drums

Patrice Rushen, Darek Oleszkiewicz & Ndugu Chancler more

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AC Timba Jazz

featuring the music of Long John Oliva more

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Goldberg Variations Acoustica

The AIX All Star Band more

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Pachelbel Acoustica

The AIX All Star Band more

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Moonlight Acoustica

The AIX All Star Band more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub & Don Heffington more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

with special guest Jim Cox more

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Steve Pierson & Blues Head - Blue Me Away

Laurence Juber, Michael Murphy, Gerald Johnson & Gary Mallabermore

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The Surf City Allstar Band - I Get Surround

Dean Torrence & Jeff "Skunk" Baxter more

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Bad Haggis - Span

with special guest Ruben Blades more

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

Gordon Goodwin [Big Phat Band], Jim Cox, Jimmy Johnson & Greg Bissonette more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Take One Step

Cliff Hugo, Chad Wackerman, Bernie Dresel & Jim Cox more

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Deacon John - Jump Blues

with Dr. John & Allen Toussaint more

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Keaton Simon - Drive Away!

with Scott Bruzenak, Nate Wood, Scott Seiver more

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & Albert Lee more

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

with Nathan McEuen, Jesse Siebenberg & Randy Tico more

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Lisbeth Scott - Charmed

with very special guest Paul Schwartz more

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Laurence Juber - Guitar Noir

with Domenic Genova & Steve Forman more

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Peppino D'Agostino, Acoustic Guitar

with Juan van Emmerloot - perc/drums more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, Russ Rentler & Michael Manring more

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

featuring Susan Werner, Amilia K. Spicer, Russ Rentler & Michael Manring more

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Lowen & Navarro - Carry On Together

Phil Parlapiano, Brett Simons & Dan Marfisi more

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The AIX All Stars - Surrounded By Christmas

with Laurence Juber, Jim Cox, Leland Sklar, Steve Forman and John Ferraro more

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Ian Whitcomb - Turned On Alley

Bobby Bruce, Fred Sokolow, Tom Marion, Tim Emmons & Randy Woltz more

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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Zephyr: Voices Unbound

12-voice a cappella choir more

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Lisbeth Scott - Charmed

with very special guest Paul Schwartz more

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Paul Williams - I'm Going Back There Someday

special guests Willie Nelson, Melissa Manchester & The Great Gonzo more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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Lowen & Navarro - Carry On Together

Phil Parlapiano, Brett Simons & Dan Marfisimore

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

featuring Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, Russ Rentler and Michael Manring more

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

featuring Susan Werner, Amilia K. Spicer, Russ Rentler & Michael Manring more

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Stevé March Tormé - Tormé Sings Tormé

Steve Rawlins, Jim DeJulio, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Rodriguez & dektette more

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & others more

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Steve Pierson and Blues Head - Blue Me Away

Laurence Juber, Michael Murphy, Gerald Johnson & Gary Mallabermore

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The Surf City Allstar Band - I Get Surround

featuring Dean Torrence & Jeff "Skunk" Baxter more

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Ian Whitcomb - Turned On Alley

featuring Bobby Bruce, Fred Sokolow, Tom Marion, Tim Emmons & Randy Woltz more

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

Lon Price, Bruce Malament, Tomas Gargano & Kenny Elliot more

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Fred Sokolow

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Nicci Gilbert - Nicci Gilbert & Friends

Demetria McKinney, Jaretta Lott, Monifah Carter & Tammy Townsend more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

with guests Jesse Siebenberg, Phil Salazar & Randy Tico more

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The Old City String Quartet - Mozart

Corey Klein / Horn and Ruokai Chen - Clarinet more

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Chamber Music Palisades - Shostakovich/Debussy/Brockman

Chamber Music Palisades more

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Chamber Music Palisades - Shostakovich/Debussy/Brockman

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Chopin - The Ballades

Anita Chang - piano more

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Beethoven - Symph. 6/ Respighi - Pines of Rome

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra - Zdenek Macal more

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Johnnes Brahms - Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F Minor

Delores Stevens & Ives Quartet more

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Zephyr: Voices Unbound

12-voice a cappella choir more

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Chopin - Selected Piano Works

performed by Roberto Prosseda more

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Stravinsky - Firebird/Ravel - Bolero

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/Cristian Mandeal more

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Mozart Symphonies 26 & 41 "Jupiter"

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/ Cristian Mandeal more

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Bach - Brandenburg No.s 3 & 5 / Air on the G String

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/ Cristian Mandeal more

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Haydn Keyboard Trios No.s 39, 40 & 26

The "Pro Arte" Trio more

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Six Sonatas for Woodwind Quintet / Woodwind Quintet Op. 71

The "George Enescu" Quintet more

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Music for Solo Harp - Debussy, Glinka & Others

performed by Ion Ivan Roncea more

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A Classical Surround Sampler

Various Ensembles more

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Marcello-Oboe Concerto Handel-Organ Concerto Vivaldi-2 Sinfonias

A. Petrescu/N. Licaret more

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Mozart - Variations K. 573 / Schumann - Fantasie Op. 17

performed by Matei Vargas, piano more

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Lyricism: Songs Without Words

performed by Roberto Prosseda more

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Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet & Ives String Quartet more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub & Don Heffington more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub & Don Heffington more

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Tried & True

Jaime Hanna & Jonathan McEuenmore

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & others more

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub and Don Heffington more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub and Don Heffington more

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Laurence Juber - Guitar Noir

with Domenic Genova & Steve Forman more

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Peppino D'Agostino, Acoustic Guitar

with Juan van Emmerloot - perc/drums more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

with Robby Krieger, Elliot Easton, Monty Alexander more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

with special guest Jim Cox more

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

Gordon Goodwin of the Big Phat Band, Jim Cox, Jimmy Johnson and Greg Bissonette more

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

Lon Price, Bruce Malament, Tomas Gargano & Kenny Elliot more

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Steve Pierson and Blues Head - Blue Me Away

Laurence Juber, Michael Murphy, Gerald Johnson & Gary Mallabermore

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

Lon Price, Bruce Malament, Tomas Gargano & Kenny Elliot more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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Paul Williams - I'm Going Back There Someday

special guests Willie Nelson, Melissa Manchester & The Great Gonzo more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

with special guest Jim Cox more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Take One Step

Cliff Hugo, Chad Wackerman, Bernie Dresel & Jim Cox more

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Keaton Simon - Drive Away!

with Scott Bruzenak, Nate Wood, Scott Seiver more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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The Latin Jazz Trio

Luis Conte, David Garfield & David Carpenter more

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AC Timba Jazz

featuring the music of Long John Oliva more

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Bad Haggis - Span

with special guest Ruben Blades more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

with Robby Krieger, Elliot Easton, Monty Alexander more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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AC Timba Jazz

featuring the music of Long John Oliva more

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The Latin Jazz Trio

Luis Conte, David Garfield & David Carpenter more

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Romanian Folk Music

featuring The Adrian Petrescu Band more

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Multichannel Music vs. 2-Channel Stereo
A couple of recent emails and discussions regarding the relative merits of multichannel music vs. 2-channel stereo prompts me to open up the topic once again. I'll state my preference right out front…I absolutely love multichannel music! Of course, AIX Records (my record company) has been recording in high definition and delivering music albums with both multichannel (2-mch mixes "audience" and "stage") and 2-channel mixes since our very first DVD-Audio/Video release back in 2000. For me there's no going back. In fact, I purchased a new 2005 Acura TL automobile partly because it has a great 5.1 DVD-Audio playback system in it.

So what is it that I prefer about 5.1 surround tracks? When I listen to multichannel music recordings I get a more involving sense of musical space. There is more room into which a mixer can distribute the individual musical instruments. In a traditional 2-channel stereo mix, the mixers have fewer choices when it comes to crowding all of the instruments/parts into a simple left and right panorama. We call it 5 position stereo (L, LC, C, RC and R). There are also some rather inflexible norms when it comes to mixing for stereo. The drums are spread across the entire sonic space, the bass is in the center along with the lead vocal and other guitar/keyboard parts are grouped to one side or the other. Not as much creativity as there is with multichannel.

In a multichannel mix, there are no rules…yet. Presenting surround recordings is still such a small segment of the marketplace and so new that mixing engineers and record companies don't really know what's normal. We're making it up as we go. The traditionalists prefer to model there mixes on the acoustic realities of a concert stage. The sound of the band is presented in front of the listener and the ambiance of the hall is mixed into the left and right surround speakers. If it doesn't sound different enough from standard stereo, then why bother?

Those that are more adventuresome in their distribution of musical parts spread the instruments all around the room (with or without an acoustic model). Mixing in this way can immerse the listener "in the middle" of the band or ensemble. The left and right surround speakers contain real instrumental sounds…not just reverberation. The music is coming from all directions and while arguably "unreal", it has been my experience that listeners giving mixes a real chance…ultimately are converted. They come to prefer the experience.

A couple of years ago, I presented some of my tracks to the Bay Area Audio Society. The assembled members were patient and polite but it was obvious that these were solidly vinyl, tube and 2-channel guys. At the end of the presentation, I gave each attendee a copy of my "High Resolution Audio Experience disc. About a week later, I received a lengthy email from one of the guys from the club. He wrote that he "forced himself" to listen to the "stage" mixes of all 29 tracks (which encompassed a large number of musical genres). Initially, he was uncomfortable with the newness of the presentation and the strangeness of having the drums come from one side of the room while the piano came from another side. Near the end of the disc, he decided to switch back to the less aggressive "audience" mix (not the 2-channel stereo). He told me that, "his involvement of the music fell completely flat. It was lifeless and pale in comparison to the more immersive mixes." He was a convert…and he was right. I certainly appreciated his honesty.

The same experience happens time and time again in my demonstrations at trade shows and in my own facility. Music fans just haven't had a real chance to experience really well recorded music presented in multiple 5.1 surround mixes. But when they do…there is whole new dimension that opens up.

Yes, it's true that the cost of acquiring a really good stereo setup can be taxing and upgrading to equal quality in full 5.1 surround might then be out of reach (or at odds with the spousal factor). But if you're careful in your equipment purchases, you can move up to the world of surround (and keep your spouse happy…who knows she might come to enjoy it).

Give surround music a try. There's a lot of content out there that is mixed in multichannel…unfortunately, not all of it is worth the listen. As I said, there's no rules when it comes to 5.1 surround…so expect a great deal of variety. Most mixes will be on the conservative side…more of the "audience" variety. This makes the reviewers happy but is not my cup of tea. Why waste the added speakers and then not put any signal through them.

I'll come back to this subject regularly. But once you've heard a big band in full surround…there's no going back!

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