Octave Records releases the newest in The Art of Hi-Fi Series with Volume 4: Strings


Press release | There’s something elemental and captivating about the sound of stringed instruments, and The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 04: Strings from PS Audio’s Octave Records showcases them to spellbinding effect, in stunning high-resolution Pure DSD audio. The album features a variety of both familiar and unusual instruments including acoustic guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, cello and others, even a nyckelharpa, a keyed harp, in 10 selections that combine demonstration-quality sound with passionate performances.
Paul McGowan, Octave Records CEO noted: “the sounds of plucked, bowed and strummed stringed instruments are a fundamental part of music and human history, sounds that we respond to in an almost instinctive way. They’re also very hard to get right in a recording, from the extremely fast initial attack of a plucked string to the complex harmonic overtones of a fine violin or cello. We think listeners will be delighted by The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 04: Strings, one of our finest recordings to date.”
Every effort was made to use the world’s most resolving equipment to capture not just the full spectrum of the instruments, but also the rooms in which they were played – and the soul and musical intent of the performers. The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 04: Strings was recorded using Octave’s Pyramix-based Pure DSD 256 recording system. It 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.


Octave Records - The Art of Hi-Fi Series - Volume 4 - Strings
The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 04: Strings 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 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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