August 17, 2010
| by Robert Archer
After three days of live recording with equipment like Panasonic’s 3D A1 cameras, AIX Records has finished production of what it calls the industry’s first 3D music albums.
The live 3D albums were recorded at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and according to AIX Records founder and president Mark Waldrep, Ph.D, the recordings are engineered to make the at-home audience experience more like a personal artistic performance. “These 3D music albums will be the first of their kind; the next level of intimate one-on-one music enjoyment in your own home theater,” he explains.
“These are not live concerts with thousands of screaming fans, but rather personal, private performances with our award-winning audiophile quality sound.”
AIX Records will make the recordings available for commercial broadcast and they’ll also be available as 3D Blu-ray discs.
The recordings, which include performances from Rita Coolidge, Mark Chesnutt, James Walker and Free Flight and The Old City String Quartet, provide music fans and A/V technology enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase live 3D HD content. “Imagine having Rita Coolidge or Mark Chesnutt singing 10 feet in front of you in the comfort of your own home,” boasts Waldrep.
“I might listen to a live concert DVD or BD disc one time, but an incredible sounding, surround music album is something that can be enjoyed over and over again with or without the video.”
In addition to the new recordings from Los Angeles, AIX has also released its “Goldberg Variations Acoustica” 3D Blu-ray disc, which offers home theater enthusiasts a 1280x720p HD picture, and a choice between a 5.1 Dolby True HD audio mix and a 24-bit/96kHz PCM two channel mix.
The Goldberg disc features the AIX All-Star Band, which is led by the guitar player Laurence Juber, and it contains nearly 60 minutes of 3D HD content.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.