NICK CAVE: Morose? I’m just getting started’ – Nick Cave loses patience during Twitter Q&A with fans

Nick Clark writes ….. Many musicians see social networking sites as an ideal way to get closer to fans and drum up publicity for albums and concerts. Nick Cave is not one of those musicians. The 55-year old, described as having “one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of pop music,” was dragged […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Producer Teddy Riley / Michael Jackson and Blackstreet producer talks gear

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, and co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album – it has sold over 32 million copies and saw him win a Grammy for Best Engineering (non-classical). He has produced countless landmark records, such […]

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PONO: An Interview With Neil Young

The Computer Audiophile writes: Sitting in an oversized bulbous chair outside the interview room waiting for my turn to speak with Neil Young was surreal. I didn’t grow up a big fan of Neil. I was introduced to his music through my favorite band Pearl Jam. PJ frequently plays Rockin’ In The Free World as […]

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To that end, there are very few companies that manage to successfully produce both electronics and speakers

Paul McGowan writes: There are more brands of loudspeakers than electronics by a big margin. If I had to guess at the reason for this I’d imagine a couple of things: speakers are easier to design than electronics and customers tend to change speakers more often than other categories. To that end, there are very […]

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“Archival Disc Format Is for Pros”

Mark Fleiscmann writes:  Does the world need another optical disc format in this download-oriented era? Sony and Panasonic think so, though they’re positioning the Archival Disc for professional use in the movie industry and in cloud-based data centers. The format holds 300 gigabytes on a double-sided disc with three layers per side. It is said […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Dave Fisher – by Jez Wells

Dave, would you be able to take two minutes or so to give a brief overview of your educational and work history? OK, I suppose my interest in what might loosely be called ‘sound recording’ started when I was really quite young. I’m not sure why, to be perfectly honest, but I became very interested […]

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Are hybrid solid-state drives any good for audio?

Solid-state drives (SSDs) seem expensive, and I’ve seen some so-called ‘hybrid’ drives which combine a small solid-state element with a traditional hard drive. Obviously they give you more storage, but are these any good for audio work, and better than conventional drives, or should I steer well clear? SOS contributor Martin Walker replies: The advertising makes hybrid drives […]

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“The unease of the audiophile”

Music and its accurate reproduction can provide some of life’s great pleasures. Beautiful art meets wonderous technology, and fanatics find communities of fellowship and glossy magazines with which their desires are regularly stoked. But audiophilia comes at a price, and not just in dollars and cents. A three-decade obsession with sound has convinced me that […]

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PS AUDIO: Oh!

Paul McGowan writes: Mark Lewis our resident Brit working in our sales department and helping me with the Reference system installed a pair of Anthony Gallo Strada loudspeakers for me to hear – having never heard a pair.  He’s really quite enamored with these odd looking loudspeakers and for good reason. I gave a listen […]

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MATTHEW WEISS: What Inspires it?

Matthew Weiss is a music producer and Grammy-nominated studio engineer. Early in his career, he began working with Arrested Development, Ronnie Spector, !llmind, and more. In 2015, he executive produced Soul Veggies; a self-titled album that reached #47 on the Indie Billboard Chart. He was a guest speaker at Cornell University and SXSW and has […]

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In defence of Ken Kessler in particular and audio writes in general – or at least most of them – by Neil McCauley (part 2 of 2)

Previously Not only is the Editor’s decision final, but … His decision is not up for debate or interpretation. Let me explain. Years ago it was not uncommon for a reviewer to act as a talent scout for a magazine. He / she might have spotted a new maker and/or new technology at a show […]

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