Octave Records releases Audiophile Masters Volume IX

29.02.2024

Press release | PS Audio’s Octave Records has released Audiophile Masters Volume IX, the latest in its series of reference-quality music-sampler recordings. This collection is focused on acoustic-based performances, ranging from the solo acoustic guitar rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Alexios Anest to the swinging jazz of the Seth Lewis Quintet and the all-out percussion workout The Big Groove, featuring drummers Michael Wooten and Billy Hoke.
 
Audiophile Masters Volume IX includes 10 tracks recorded in the familiar environs of Animal Lane and Octave Studios in high-resolution DSD audio, to capture the intimacy and impact of the performances with stunning fidelity.
 
The selections were recorded and produced by Steven Vidaic and Paul McGowan, and mixed by Paul and Jessica Carson, who also served as executive producer. Gus Skinas did the mastering. Paul McGowan noted, “For Audiophile Masters Volume IX, we focused on acoustic music to showcase the ability of today’s best recording technology to convey every nuance of unamplified instruments and the purity of the vocalists. The clarity and presence of these recordings really make you feel like the performers are right at home with you.”
 
Bonnie and Taylor Sims blaze through an intense bluegrass workout on Deal Me In. Jazz aficionados will revel in the incisive playing and lush sonics of the Seth Lewis Quintet on two original compositions, Cagey and Sweet Leaf, which hearken back to a timeless classic jazz sound with the quintet’s instrumentation of bass, trumpet, piano, electric guitar, and drums, all captured with startling realism.
 
The disc is made using Octave’s premium gold disc formulation, and is playable on any SACD, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. The disc 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 Octave Records
Octave Records was founded in 2019 to offer the finest-quality high-resolution recordings and compensate musicians fairly for their work using a business model where all production costs are paid for up front, allowing the musicians to directly share in sales revenues and retain ownership of their music. Chief engineer Gus Skinas has hundreds of recording credits and helped develop the state-of-the-art Sonoma pure-DSD recording system used exclusively by Octave Records.

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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