Jim Alfredson

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  1. I will be at the Smithsonian show as well, ...with friends!

    For the historians, just how long ago was the Organissimo hit at Twins in DC?? I still recall "Peaches en Regalia" then.

    I think that was 2006. Long time ago. We no longer have Peaches in the repertoire, since we've been through two guitarists since then. We'll get it back in the setlist one of these days.

    It will be great to see you again!


  2. organissimo is heading east! Check out our dates in Marlboro, Syracuse, & Rochester NY, Philly & Harrisburg PA, and Washington DC at the Smithsonian! I hope to see some board members at these shows.

    Wed - May 20

    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Falcon Theater - Marlboro, NY

    1348 Rte 9w

    Marlboro, NY 12542

    Ph: (845) 236-7970

    http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/

    Thu - May 21

    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Smithsonian Take 5 Concert Series

    8th and F NW

    Washington, DC 20004

    Ph: (202) 633-1000

    http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/index.cfm

    Fri - May 22

    11:30 PM - 2:00 AM

    Chris' Jazz Cafe

    1421 Sansom St

    Philadelphia, PA 19110

    (215) 568-3131

    http://www.chrisjazzcafe.com/

    Sat - May 23

    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Harrisburg Art Festival

    A matinee show at this family-friendly hometown event.

    Riverfront Park in Harrisburg, PA

    http://www.jumpstreet.org/events/artsfest/

    Sun - May 24

    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    River City Blues Club

    819 S Cameron St

    Harrisburg, PA 17104

    http://rivercityhbg.com/

    Tue - May 26

    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Wescott Theater, Syracuse NY

    524 Westcott St

    Syracuse, NY 13210

    Ph: (315) 299-8886

    http://www.thewestcotttheater.com/

    Wed - May 27

    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Flour City Station, Rochester NY

    170 East Ave

    Rochester, NY 14604

    Ph: (585) 413-5745

    http://flourcitystation.com/


  3. I have been playing Fridays at a restaurant in the Detroit area lately. Not every Friday, but several. And we have to play so quiet that we are often drowned out by the regular conversations of the tables near us. So yes... we can play quietly if that's what is required.

    Hardly any organissimo gigs are miked with a PA and all that. We play acoustically in the room, albeit with two electric instruments (guitar and organ).


  4. It's definitely an estimation based on the dynamic range of vinyl which is only about 65db, maybe 70db if you really push it. Remember, bit depth is all about dynamic range. The dynamic range of 16bit audio is 96db. The dynamic range of 24bit is 144db. And remember that the decibel scale is logarithmic. So the difference between 96db and 144db is tremendous.

    The sampling rate determines the frequency range. Vinyl can actually reproduce supersonic frequencies above human hearing but that doesn't mean the needle, the phono pre, the amp, or the speakers can do so.


  5. I dunno; the writer failed to sway me. Even if what he writes is correct, his sneering tone makes me think his mind has preconceived notions.

    Take this for example: "The CD-quality standard—which Young and HRA proponents say isn't sufficient—wasn't adopted randomly. It's not a number plucked out of thin air. It's based on sampling theory and the actual limits of human hearing. To the human ear, audio sampled above 44.1 kHz/16-bit is inaudibly different."

    But I remember reading that within a few years of the CD's introduction, people thought 16-bit was inadequate. That's why even vinyl remasterings in the '90's touted 20- and 24-bit mastering.

    Yes, but that increased bit depth was in the mixing / production stage, not the final output stage. The bit depth of vinyl is essentially about 12bits if one were to convert vinyl specs into the digital world. Whenever you are processing digital audio it's always wise to use a higher bit-rate but for the final product 16bits gives you a theoretical 96db of dynamic range, which is more than enough for almost all music. Even the most dynamic orchestral recording usually has a swing of around 70db before the noise floor of the venue, the microphones, the preamps, and everything else starts to become a factor.

    A sample rate of 44.1kHz is also more than enough. I've done a lot of experiments. I even released a Blu-Ray version of my THEO album with stereo mixes in 24bit / 96kHz but honestly they don't sound any better than the 16bit / 44.1kHz mixes on the regular CD. As I mentioned in another thread, the low end on the 16bit mixes is a bit more "solidified" which is something 16bit does for some reason. It's not necessarily better, just slightly different. The cool part about the Blu-Ray is the surround mixes, imo.

    The argument that higher sampling rates result in more detail has never made any sense. It also goes against human physiology. Our ears can only hear up to 20kHz but most people don't even have that much upper end left. Most of us can only hear up to 16kHz or so due to hearing damage or simply age. Then there are the microphones that are used to capture the music. The majority of microphones drop off precipitously at 20kHz. Even some of the best only go to about 22kHz or so. There are a few measurement mics that go up to 30kHz but the majority of microphones in the average recording studio's mic locker do not capture much above 20kHz. Most dynamic mics, which are often used on drums, horns, and vocals, usually roll off steeply at 15kHz! And let's not forget the mic preamps that must amplify the minuscule electrical signal from the mic. They too are rarely linear beyond 20kHz... because why should they be? We can't hear that stuff anyway! And if the microphone isn't picking it up due to it's limitations and the preamp isn't amplifying it due to it's limitations, then how is it going to be on the recording? ESPECIALLY older, pre-digital recordings! The frequency response of even the best, well-maintained tape machine back then was barely over 25kHz.

    The upper frequency limit of 96kHz audio according to the Nyquist theorem is 48kHz. That's over twice what our ears can actually hear. For 192kHz it's 96kHz!!!! It's completely pointless. It would be like a TV manufacturer making a TV that can output colors in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. I don't care how good your eyes are, you cannot trump the physical bandwidth of your senses!


  6. As I said, I'll buy that people can hear it when they present proof.

    Either way, if you have to listen that hard to hear it, what's the point? Sounds more like straining than it does listening, IMO.

    Not at all. It's akin to learning about color theory in painting. If you don't know theory then you really don't know what you're looking at. Notice this has nothing to do with appreciation of the artwork in question, but rather understanding the analytical side of it. Likewise, there are cues to listen for in lossy compression formats; it's not about straining but about knowing where to 'look'. For example, lossless 16bit and 24bit sound remarkably similar but for some reason 16bit digital tends to solidify the bass in a certain way. But you don't really notice it unless you compare the two side by side. For lossy compression, it's really about the high-end. There's an 'air' and shimmer in the high end that is often times lost during conversion. But it depends on the quality of the algorithm. That said, for all intents and purposes 320kbps is very very good and damn near indistinguishable from 16bit wav.

    Check this plug-in out: http://www.sonnoxplugins.com/pub/plugins/products/codec/codectoolbox.html

    It allows the mix engineer to audition different codecs in real-time and then make mix decisions based on the results. It's a very handy tool that theoretically can be used to optimize the audio for the intended format.


  7. Just listened, Jim.

    Really enjoyed the album. You can hear the Genesis (I'd go further and say 'Lamb' era Genesis) inspiration. Which is not a criticism in any shape or form. I've long felt the critical insistence on the eternally new leads to all sorts of avenues that have only just started to be opened up being left behind as the next stylistic fashion sweeps in.

    Strong songs, lots of the key changes I love from the original era and some great soloing.

    You can be proud of it.

    Thank you very much. Yes... The Lamb was a huge inspiration on my musical development. I lived and breathed that album my junior and senior years of high school. And I also agree that many paths were left unexplored in music and I've been attempting to discover them for years, including my work with organissimo.

    I posted a full song on YouTube so people can get a feel for the record.

    The video is also on Facebook via this link. If you click on that and SHARE it on FB, you're automatically entered to win a $100 gift card from Amazon. No strings attached, it's as easy as clicking "SHARE". The gift card will be given away on the date of release, which is Jan 27th, 2015.


  8. The test has to be very strictly controlled and set up. If there is anything more than a 0.5db difference in volume between the two samples, that will be perceived and could skew the results. Also, 320kbps sounds drastically different than 256kbps and is much, much harder to distinguish. The playback software must be taken into account as well. Some software is better at decoding mp3s than others.

    That said, there is a difference if you know where to listen.


  9. We always had turkey growing up. Every year since my wife and I married and bought our home, we've hosted my siblings, their spouses, and children (I have five sisters, a brother, and a step-sister). The first year or two we also had turkey until my wife asked the profound question, "Why are we just having Thanksgiving redux?" Since then, we've fixed roasted leg of lamb along with the appropriate side-dishes (lots of root vegetables prepared in various ways). It took some convincing initially for my siblings to break away from the moldy tradition of turkey, turkey, turkey but now it's become a new tradition that everyone looks forward to each year.

    Which reminds me; time to order the leg!


  10. I bought it as a download-- I need instant gratification-- but can't figure out where the download button they refer to is. (Thought I'd post this here as well as on the website in case Jim reads it here first. )

    Had a gig tonight and didn't get your email until late. There should be a download link the email from Big O that serves as a receipt. If not, please let me know.