DSD - Then, Now and Tomorrow

DSD – Then, Now and Tomorrow
Presented by Blue Coast Records
California Audio Show, Burlingame Crowne Plaza, Peninsula Ballroom

Saturday July 16, 2011 1-3pm Part 1
Sunday July 17, 2011 1-3pm Part 2

Direct Stream Digital (DSD), a one bit recording format with 2.8 million parts per second, was developed by Sony Music over a decade ago.  It was originally intended for the Super Audio CD (SACD) consumer disc that offered stereo and surround playback on the same disc and elevated the listening experience in home audio systems.  Unfortunately, mp3 technology came to dominate the consumer market and the much better sounding DSD was overlooked by casual listeners and much of the music industry.   Professional audio engineers and the audiophile community were the exception.  Today, there is a resurgence of interest for DSD and SACD.

Blue Coast Records and a few others created methods of delivering DSD audio files directly to the consumer.  Korg has simplified home listening by allowing its conversion software, AudioGate, to be downloaded for free. Super Audio Center, Playback Designs and others supply professionals and consumers with devices for recording and playback.

Saturday July 16, 2011 1-3pm Part 1 -- Q&A, History, Present DSD Use, Future of DSD

Some of our distinguished panelists were involved with the original development of DSD for Sony.  Others are active recording engineers using DSD as a format or creating platforms for digital delivery to customers around the world.  After a brief history of the format, we will discuss why DSD is an exceptional format for consumer audio and expect a lively question and answer exchange with the audience.

Cookie Marenco -- moderator
Blue Coast Records founder, president and producer/engineer Cookie Marenco is a five-time Grammy nominee and former A&R representative during the “golden years” of Windham Hill Records.  She is co-creator of E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment), a proprietary recording technique for stereo and surround sound, and was a pioneering advisor and recording engineer for Liquid Audio, first company to release digital downloads on the Internet.  Marenco’s OTR Studios, founded over two decades ago and based in the San Francisco Bay area, has earned a worldwide reputation for the highest quality analog and digital recording and mastering.  Most recently, she founded Artist Connex, a revolutionary ecosystem for facilitating Artist to Fan engagement with high resolution audio files. Blue Coast and Artist Connex are worldwide leaders in using the Internet to deliver DSD audio to consumers.  Cookie Marenco writes for EQ, Keyboard and other magazines, she is a technology beta tester, an in-demand expert panelist at AES, NARM and NARAS, and University lecturer.

Chris Connaker -- moderator
Audiophile Chris Connaker listens to all genres of music on CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, vinyl, high quality downloads and digital files.  He has over a decade of experience designing, configuring, and managing global IT networks, and his site, ComputerAudiophile.com, combines his passion for music and his extensive technological background.  Chris, who believes that music servers can equal or better the state-of-the-art in any playback medium, reviews computer and audio equipment, writes how-to articles, publishes interviews and hosts events such as the inaugural Computer Audiophile Symposium.  He is also an international computer audio consultant to manufacturers, dealers, distributors, record labels, and consumers.

Gus Skinas
Gus Skinas is president of Super Audio Center LLC, a spin-off of the group formed at Sony Corp of America to support the launch of Super Audio CD (SACD) Format. Super Audio Center develops, manufactures and markets the Sonoma DSD recording system as a next generation higher quality alternative to traditional digital audio recorders. While working at Sony, Skinas developed audio production tools based on the native DSD (one bit sigma-delta) audio encoding format of the Super Audio CD. He has worked for EuPhonics, Studer Editech for Harman International, WaveFrame and LucasFilm.

Andreas Koch
Playback Designs founder Andreas Koch got his start in 1982 working for Studer ReVox in Switzerland, building the world's first fully asynchronous digital audio sample rate converter (1984 patent). He then went to Dolby Labs in San Francisco where he built all the digital signal processing of the AC-1 encoder and decoder (a professional digital audio compression scheme used for television transmission).  Koch returned to Studer ReVox and managed development of a professional digital audio tape recorder which was a 48-channel DASH format on 1/2 inch tape.  Sony recognized his great successes and asked him to relocate to San Francisco in 1997 where he started and managed development for the world's first 8-channel DSD recording / editing / mixing machine (Sonoma).

Dr. Andrew Demery
Andrew Demery joined the DSD development team at Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands in January 1996.  In addition to managing high-resolution Recording and Authoring activities at Philips, he played a key role in the Worldwide launch of the Super Audio CD format and the promotion of multi-channel DSD recording.  In 2001 he joined the Sonoma workstation development team at Sony Corporation of America, San Francisco.  The Sonoma group was later spun off as Super Audio Center LLC, through which he continues to support the adoption of DSD recording.  Prior to his involvement with DSD/SACD, he worked on protocols for the GSM digital cellular mobile telephone system.

Corin Nelsen – SynchroSonic Productions, Inc. (owner)
Corin is a Grammy award winning producer and engineer best known for his role in creating many acoustic instrumental, folk and new age albums with Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records).  He has also worked alongside legendary greats Bruce Swedien, T-Bone Wolk, and Steve Holley and worked in a variety of genres. 

Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop has recorded some of history’s most influential and well-known musicians.  A nine time Grammy winner, he has engineered and produced releases that helped define the sound of popular, jazz, blues and classical music.  He has also been honored with Japan’s Grand Prix Award, Gramophone Magazine’s Record of the Year, Surround Music Awards, and RIAA Platinum Album awards.  As a co-founder of Five/Four Productions (www.Recording.Pro), Bishop now records and produces independent audio projects, maintaining the high production standards he successfully carried in his twenty-year career engineering recordings for Telarc Records.


Sunday July 17, 2011 1-3pm Part 2 -- Playback and Recording DSD in the home. Dsf, Dff, Iso, what does it all mean?