Dave Hill of Crane Song LTD talks about DAC design, tape machines, and new developments

The Phoenix II tape emulation plug-in by Dave Hill of Crane Song LTD

Take a listen to a conversation I recently had with Dave Hill of Crane Song LTD.

The Phoenix II tape emulation is now my starting point with raw audio tracks. It provides a glue, and EQ tilt of your choosing. It allows my audio to sound more cohesive, or anchored- yes, everything I miss about real tape.

139th International AES Convention

Audio Engineering Society's 139th Convention

                                             

Professional audio users from around the world will descend on New York’s Jacob Javits Center next week. The 139th Audio Engineering Society convention will surely be a treat for the ears and eyes. I will be doing the ground work, covering new developments and product releases. Microphones, amplifiers, digital converters, EQ, compression….Keep it tuned to Hi-Fidelity Quality Control for all the latest AES news, from the floor.

T.H.E. Show’s best demos

While hearing lots of different hi-fi stereo setups is tons of fun, it really grabs me when a demonstration allows listeners to discern sonic differences in audio equipment and formats. Several companies (Sony, Hegel, and Kimber) provided demos that allowed show goers to get a better grasp of different technologies. This type of informative listening session creates a better trust with potential customers.

Walking into the Hegel room at T.H.E. Show Newport was certainly fun, informative, and worthwhile. Rather than just hearing more music, we were treated to a full description and demo of the electronics. Music certainly played a roll, but it was used as a tool to show the differences in their various DACs (digital-to-analog-converters). This kind of demo can leave a lasting impression on our short audio/sonic memory.

Sony demonstrated the differences between PCM and DSD digital audio in an effective setup consisting of Meitner and Mytek DACs. While sonic differences between the DACs certainly exist, it was more startling to hear the 24/96 PCM vs the DSD. The DSD wins, every time! I am certainly looking forward to more USB DSD DACs in the future!

Kimber Cable did a fantastic demonstration of their Isomike recordings. The exhibitor demonstrated how the unique baffle of the Isomike allows four omni mics to pick up the full recorded event (4.0 surround). Both the directionality, and the space/depth of the recordings were rendered very well. To further prove the baffle’s effectiveness, we were treated to a race track recording. The wizzing by of race cars was quite realistic! I left with an excellent understanding of Kimber’s production methods.

It’s easy to jumble all the sounds of a hi-fi show. When trying to recall room after room of audio gear differences, I must always consult my notes… Except when a demonstration is done so well that it leaves a lasting sonic impression.

-untill next year!

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