Octave Records expands The Art of Hi-Fi Series with Volume 03: Percussion


Press release | PS Audio’s Octave Records has released The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 03: Percussion, created to test and showcase the ability of an audio system to reproduce the dynamic impact of percussion-based music in all of its power and depth. The album features a wide variety of music, instruments, and sounds, played by world-class musicians including composer Christian Teele, dueling drummers Michael Wooten and Billy Hoke, and more.
Paul McGowan, Octave Records CEO noted: “percussion is in many ways the most difficult type of instrument for an audio system to get right. The initial transients have to be cleanly reproduced, without smearing, and the electronics have to have enough headroom to deliver clean power without dynamic compression. Equally important, the ‘bloom’ and decay of instruments like bass drums and cymbals need to breathe and taper off naturally. The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 03: Percussion is designed to give your system a real workout – and showcase it to its fullest potential.”
Percussion instruments span the entire frequency range from deep bass to highs that go beyond the limits of human hearing, and Volume 03: Percussion captures instruments as varied as tympani to gongs with startling texture and presence. The album was recorded at Octave Records’ studio using the Pyramix-based Pure DSD 256 recording system. Volume 03: Percussion was recorded, mixed and produced by Paul McGowan, with Terri McGowan and Jessica Carson assisting in the recording and production duties, and mastered by Gus Skinas.
Volume 03: Percussion features Octave’s premium gold disc formulation, and the disc is playable on any SACD, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. It also has a high-resolution DSD layer that is accessible by using any SACD player or a PS Audio SACD transport. In addition, the master DSD and PCM files are available for purchase and download, including DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, and DSDDirect Mastered 352.8 kHz/24-bit, 176.2 kHz/24-bit, 88.2 kHz/24-bit, and 44.1 kHz/24-bit PCM. SRP 19-39 USD, depending on format.

About PS Audio
Founded in 1973, PS Audio has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in manufacturing innovative, high-value, leading-edge audio products. Located in Boulder, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, PS Audio’s staff of talented designers, engineers, production and support people build each product to deliver extraordinary performance and musical satisfaction. The company’s wide range of award-winning products include the all-in-one Sprout100 integrated amplifier, audio components, power regenerators and power conditioners.


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