Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses Integrated Mistral 2019 with and without phono stage

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? “The internal phonostage of the Mistral is based on a new circuit, which uses a dual op-amp, so is different to the phonostage LE and needs to be specified at manufacture since the back pcb needs to be modified to allow input “1” […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses LFD Integrated LPCD – the low powered class d

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? “The cost of the LPCD is for the standard line level version (NO remote control) is £7500, it can be configured to have internal phonostage or internal DAC (192khz/24bit SPDIF only), at a higher price (probably around 10% extra for phonostage and 15% […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews’ design philosophy

Hi Howard. You have ended up only selling LFD amps. What makes them so special and what is their design philosophy please. And no jargon please if you can. Thanks. Ralph. Dr. Bews reply: LFD Audio believe that audio Amplifiers can be most easily optimized if the basic amplifier topology is kept as simple as […]

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Prince’s sound engineer, Susan Rogers: ‘He needed to be the alpha male to get things done’ By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

One of a tiny number of female recording engineers, Rogers was there at birth of some of pop’s classics, including When Doves Cry. She recalls the man she knew – and shares her theory about why he loved working with women https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/nov/09/princes-sound-engineer-susan-rogers-he-needed-to-be-the-alpha-male-to-get-things-done

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The classical music world of Min Lee

If history has taught us anything, it was that the age-old classical music scene has been dominated by the eccentric and the brilliant. Singapore’s musical child prodigy Min Lee will be part of that very rich history when she takes to the stage with the 300-year-old Brahms Stradivarius violin crafted by handcrafted by the great […]

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RORY GALLAGHER: The Complete 1991 Interview

Rory Gallagher threw every fibre of his being into his music. Scrappy, unabashed, and bluesy to the core, he was a sublime guitarist and compelling singer. His live and studio recordings, especially during the 1970s, deliver strength, wisdom, and inspiration. Personally, I count him among my favorite guitarists. I seldom travel without his music and […]

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MOSE ALLISON: An interview with Mose Allison:

The opportunity presented itself in November to attend a performance by blues artist Mose Allison at a jazz club in the Detroit area. This was my first time seeing him perform live, although I had been familiar with his music since youth. I have just recently become reanimated by his music, which has always made […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews – development speakers

Q: Dr. Bews. What speakers do you use during development? I use a pair of modified Celestion SL600 loudspeakers, rewired and the crossovers outside the box. These modifications helped immensely, to relieve the rather laid back, and slightly congested sound. Really I don’t think the absolute quality of the loudspeakers is that important when developing […]

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AN ORCHESTRA OF PIANOS: Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm’s Les Amants Parallèles

Paul Tingen (Sound on Sound magazine) writes ….. Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered… We had three principal constraints when making this record,” explains engineer, mixer, and co-producer Maxime Le Guil. “The first was that it was […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses the 2019 integrated LE(VI)

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? 20 years of evolution of the LE range of integrated amplifiers has resulted in the new LE(VI) which takes over from the LE(V). A complete revamp of the input stage in the power section where the following: carbon composite, carbon film resistors and […]

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Tam Henderson, Reference Recordings

As fascinating as the design of high-end hardware can be, it goes without question that without musical software (or firmware, as our more computer-minded readers would have it) of an appropriately high standard, the whole business would be pointless. Stereophile’s interviews have therefore often featured engineers and producers whose recorded work reveals sound quality to […]

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Producer, Engineer, Recording Industry Guru, Music Marketing Consultant & Author Mark Hornsby:

  Mark Hornsby is an acclaimed music producer, audio engineer, musician, writer and marketing consultant – widely considered to be one of the most diverse figures in today’s music business. Mark is the former co-owner of one of Florida’s largest recording and rehearsal studios – Ridenour Studios – whose clients included New Found Glory, Foreigner, […]

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Research is the key to making yourself a better musician

Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change […]

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Crossey

The 1975’s chart-topping album is just one of a string of hit debuts engineered, mixed and produced by Mike Crossey. Mike Crossey is a man of many talents, two of which are a knack for propelling unknown acts to the top of the hit parade, and the ability to mix tracks that sound amazing on the radio. Speaking […]

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From the archives: Chuck Israels – Tribute to Bill Evans

Robin Arens writes: Isn’t it nice to meet someone who takes time for a good chat in these hectic times? Especially if this person has a lot to tell, carries the living memory of an important part of jazz history, and is called Chuck Israels? Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels is in expansive form for this interview […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #1)

The image above is one of just six gold plated issues. Note: This was originally published here in April 2015 Neil McCauley (HFA editor in chief) writes an introduction: Colin was and remains one of the UK audio industry’s gentlemen. No one in our office has heard a negative comment about him nor a negative […]

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