San Francisco, CA (September 10, 2008)–ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) will put the spotlight on a high-resolution music recording technique at the 125th AES Convention at the Moscone Center. All of the stereo source material played in the ATC demo room during the convention has been recorded using the new technique, co-developed by mastering engineer Doug Sax and recording engineer Bill Schnee, and utilizes A/D and D/A converters designed by Josh Florian of JCF Audio.
For Sax and Schnee, who pioneered high quality, live, direct-to-disk studio recording on the audiophile Sheffield Lab label over three decades ago, the new format is said to be a return to the fidelity of that golden age. “What we’re getting is true high fidelity and true dynamics again, and realism that you haven’t heard in 30 years,” states Schnee. “The level of true high fidelity in recorded music has consistently gone down from the LP to the CD of the early 80s, to the overly compressed CD for the last 15 or so years, and now finally to the MP3. With HDTV the current state of the art for video, shouldn’t we once again have high definition audio for music?”
The new 2-track material was recorded live by Bill at Schnee Studio with a variety of ensembles and comprises mainly acoustic instruments. The recording chain includes Schnee’s custom, minimal signal path analog mixing console with tube microphones, preamps, and summing through JCF Audio 192 kHz/24-bit converters, with the mix printed to disc in a Tascam DA-RV1000 high-definition master recorder.
Billy Woodman, president of ATC, noted, “Doug and Bill’s live to 2-track digital recordings can’t help but impress, for they have high resolution with great quality and integrity. When I first heard sample recordings at Doug’s mastering studio in Ojai I was confronted with a large image that was three-dimensional, stable and coherent whilst also having a natural acoustic. A great achievement.”
Interspersed between the Doug Sax/Bill Schnee presentations, ATC will present 5.1 surround program playback using DSD Pure technology from the Sonoma multitrack recorder/editor. According to the company, in an analog studio, the Sonoma DSD Pure multitrack offers sonic fidelity like that of analog tape and the production power of a digital workstation. Gus Skinas of Sonoma Systems will handle the surround presentations and answer questions.
Sax and Schnee hope that, in addition to providing the highest possible quality audio with which to demonstrate ATC’s reference monitors, the new recording technique will attract pro audio manufacturers and record labels interested in commercializing the method. Interested parties can find ATC in demo room 111.
ATC will be showcasing the stereo demonstrations though its SCM 150 ASL speakers and the surround-sound presentations through the SCM150ASL 5.1 system, supported by two SCM0. 1-15 subwoofers.
Acoustic Transducer Company (ATC)
TransAudio Group (distributor of ATC)