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Pollstar Awards Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival… Again!

The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, accompanied by fireworks, is reinforced via an L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC rig

Two longtime L-ACOUSTICS users are honored for the eighth time

LOS ANGELES — L-ACOUSTICS proudly congratulates both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for taking top honors in the 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards ceremony held on Friday, February 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival are known for their longtime use of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers. more

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Marsh Mastering Remasters James Taylor for Audio Fidelity Limited Edition

“Mud Slide Slim” Prepared for 24K Gold CD Audiophile Release

Pictured (L-R) at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood are mastering engineer Stephen Marsh and Audio Fidelity engineer Steve Hoffman. Photo by David Goggin.

Audio Fidelity, leader in audiophile remastering of classic rock and pop, has completed James Taylor’s “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon” at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood. Working from the original 1971 analog master tapes, Audio Fidelity engineer Steve Hoffman joined mastering engineer Stephen Marsh for the critical remastering sessions in preparation for a limited edition of 5,000 numbered 24K Gold CDs.

“Our goal at Audio Fidelity is to deliver the optimum remastered Compact Disc from an analog recording that was done a long time ago,” said Steve Hoffman, who has tens of thousands followers in his online audiophile forums. “We are maintaining all of the integrity of the original sound, while creating a recording that sounds exceptional on good listening systems.”

“Mud Slide Slim” marks the fourth James Taylor album remastered by Audio Fidelity at Marsh Mastering. Other limited edition titles already available are “Sweet Baby James” (1970), “One Man Dog” (1972), and “Walking Man” (1974).

“We are trying to create today’s definitive version of the record,” explained mastering engineer Stephen Marsh, “to get as close as you could possibly get to the master tape and honestly capture the artist’s original vision, using modern technology to present the music in an unadulterated fashion.”

“It’s a very delicate process,” added Steve Hoffman. “In some cases we have to carefully dehydrate or ‘bake’ the analog tapes that are unplayable otherwise.” Stephen Marsh adds, “Every particle of oxide that falls off is part of a song that you will never hear again.”

“Luckily, all the James Taylor analog master tapes have been in fantastic shape,” says Hoffman, “well stored by the archival folks at Warner Bros. Audio Fidelity is in contact with James Taylor before these reissues and he is very pleased with our work. That’s the ultimate compliment — if he’s happy, we are happy.”

“Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon” will be available as an Audio Fidelity 24K Gold CD in Spring 2012.

Watch a 3-minute video of the session at:

About Audio Fidelity
Audio Fidelity’s 24K+ compact discs reproduce the optimum sound of classic recordings, delivering classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases. Audio Fidelity only uses the original vintage mixes played back on specially constructed playback decks to capture the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect, making the 24K Gold CD series truly one of a kind.

About Marsh Mastering
Marsh Mastering is a unique, purpose-built mastering boutique located in the heart of Hollywood, CA. The studio is known worldwide for an exceptional customized processing chain, accurate clocking and conversion, and a finely tuned critical listening environment. Owner and chief engineer Stephen Marsh, alongside fellow mastering engineers Stephanie Villa and Fernando Lee, provides experience, talent, and musical passion, while offering custom-tailored masters, exceptional customer service and superlative sound.


** Photo: Hosa Technology’s Hosa Pro Speaker Cables **

Buena Park, CA – February 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce that their new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables are now shipping. Combining first-rate cable for enhanced signal transmission and audio quality, world-class REAN® connectors by Neutrik AG, and class-leading workmanship, the new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables re-define the landscape for professional quality cables at a midline price. more

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