SALINA, KAN., Sept. 16, 2014 – Acoustic Sounds’ Super HiRez digital download platform, which was the first to offer mainstream albums in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) as well other high-resolution PCM formats when it launched in late 2013, is about to create another audio milestone.
The company will be in the first in the high resolution audio space to offer a live blues concert recorded entirely in Direct Stream Digital (DSD), which provides 64 times the resolution of CDs and a much more life-like quality than MP3 tracks.
The recording will take place October 17-18 during the 17th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads festival at Blue Heaven Studios, a sonically superb, 91-year-old Gothic church in Salina’s downtown area.
Gus Skinas, digital audio expert and president of the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colo., will oversee the recording, along with Chad Kassem, the founder of Acoustic Sounds. The recordings in October are expected to be available on SuperHiRez.com in time for the holidays and will be followed by several other recordings captured at the concerts in DSD since 1998.
“Capturing the legacy of some of these Blues performers is very important to me and I really can’t think of a better way of capturing the power and emotion of their music than with live recordings in DSD,” said Kassem. “We’ve been doing the Blues Masters shows for a long time and I’m confident these recordings will be treasured by music lovers.”
The announcement of the first live concert recording in DSD follows an agreement between Acoustic Sounds and Warner Music Group (WMG) to provide the company’s digital download music service with more than 1,200 high-resolution, mainstream albums by some of the most dynamic names in music.
The first wave of hi-res titles from such artists as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Tom Petty are available now, with new content being added daily.
“Adding Warner to our existing roster of major labels [Sony, Universal] is huge win for us, the industry, and for those looking to enhance their high-resolution music collections,” said Kassem, who launched SuperHiRez.com last September with just 70 titles. “As far as we’re concerned, the more choices in high-resolution music, in both titles and formats, the better.”
Besides providing music in the highest resolution formats possible, Acoustic Sounds will also provide the provenance of all Warner recordings when available. Additionally, licensing deals continue to be discussed to provide customers living outside the U.S. access to the high-resolution music download service.
“Immersing yourself in a recording that sounds the way an artist, producer or engineer originally intended is an incredible experience. We feel that many will agree, and we look forward to high-resolution audio reaching a wider, growing audience,” said President, Artist & Label Services, Warner Elektra Atlantic (WEA), Matt Signore.
There are currently more than 1,700 albums available for download on SuperHiRez.com. By year’s end, more than 3,000 albums could be available, thanks in part to the deal with Warner, Kassem added.
ABOUT ACOUSTIC SOUNDS
Headquartered in Salina, Kan., Acoustic Sounds, Inc. is the world leader in audiophile music. Owned by CEO Chad Kassem, the 28-year-old company provides the largest selection of highest-quality music in a variety of formats—from vinyl LPs and Super Audio CDs to digital downloads—all designed to exceed the expectations of audiophiles in almost 80 genres. The company owns its own record pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, and operates three different brands of record presses. Acoustic Sounds also owns and operates its own vinyl reissue label (Analogue Productions), an original production label (APO Records) and its own recording studio (Blue Heaven Studios, a converted church). The company also hosts the annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads festival in Salina. This year’s event is Oct. 17-18, 2014.