(l-r): Ryan Loftus, Jeff Pehrson, Jeff Chimenti, Alan Venitosh, Bob Weir, Jason Scheuner, Robyn Sylvester, Jonathan Wilson and Richard Gowen. Photo: Paul Vnuk Jr.
San Rafael, CA (December 16, 2014)—Telefunken Elektroakustik and Bob Weir recently partnered for a private performance and audio workshop at TRI Studios, making the high-resolution mix available on Rdio.
Rdio will eventually have access to all exclusive recordings from TRI (Tamalpais Research Institute) Studios, and will be streaming them at a higher, better quality. This is all part of a greater initiative launched by TRI Studios, Rdio and Bob Weir dubbed Musicians for Audio Quality, to raise awareness on the importance of audio quality, the future of music and industry standards.
The special performance exclusively utilized Telefunken microphones and featured musicians from the Grateful Dead-inspired family of bands, including Furthur, Ratdog, Box Set, The Fall Risk, Sovoso and The Sunshine Garcia Band. Performers included studio owner and Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir (Furthur, Ratdog), Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog keyboard player), Jeff Pehrson (The Fall Risk, Box Set, Furthur backing vocalist), Robyn Sylvester (Ratdog bassist), Jonathan Wilson (LA producer), Richard Gowen (Jonathan Wilson's drummer), and Sunshine Becker (Sovoso, The Sunshine Garcia Band).
On hand from Telefunken were director of operations Alan Venitosh, design engineer Ryan Loftus, and artist liaison Jason Scheuner. Telefunken microphones owned by Weir include two ELA M 251s, two C-12s, three ELA M 260s, two AK-47 MkIIs, eight M80s, six M81s, and a vintage AKG C-24 restored by Telefunken.
A highlight of the TRI Studio sessions included the use of the Telefunken ELA M 260 TRI-MONO system, a three-channel Decca Tree-type microphone array developed in tandem with TRI Studio engineers and designed for recording room and ambient environments. TRI Studios employs the Meyer Constellation System, which combines a patented algorithm, digital processing, and miniature transducer technology with acoustical research to provide sonic flexibility not normally attainable without movable walls or orchestra shells.