Plays on any gear or smartphone. MQA decodes to 24/352.8k.
Hybrid 5.1 Multichannel SACD is here:
*** The downloads on this page are not DSD ***
DSD Masters for Crossing have been converted to DXD and encoded as MQA.
Plays on any media player with improved sound quality.
Read about MQA at www.mqa.co.uk
MQA Encoded by MQA Ltd., UK
"The original intention and sounds are much more accurately represented [with MQA] and are therefore much, much more enjoyable to listen to. The convenience of MQA's smaller file size is an additional no-brainer." - DE
** AMAZING TRUTH **
You do not need any special hardware (MQA DAC) or software (MQA Player) to reap the benefits of the MQA encoding. The temporal blurring (aka time smearing) has been greatly reduced especially the pre-ringing/echo from this PCM master. It sounds better than a CD equivalent no matter how you play it. An MQA DAC such as the Meridian Explorer2 (US$299) can further enhance the sound quality as well as unfold any hi-res frequencies above 20k.
You can download an MQA Sampler that contains all resolutions as examples, from 16/44.1 all the way to 24/352.8
It is online at BC Exclusive Here:
This quote from a first time listen and comparison by a non-musician, non- audiophile, whose MacBook had just loaded iTunes with ripped music for the first time (Time Forgets CD), downloaded and added the David Elias Time Forgets MQA CD master from Bandcamp (ALAC format), plugged into a Meridian Explorer2 MQA DAC ($299) with Zipbuds ($25) attached. (MacBook Sound settings changed to use Meridian Explorer2 preference.)
She listened and alternated between MQA and non-MQA versions of various tracks. The Explorer2 DAC's Blue MQA Studio Quality Authentication LED light indicated MQA was present on the MQA tracks when expected (lit) and not present on the CD version of the tracks when not expected (not lit):
"oh wow - oh my god !
clearer crisp sharp, gawd!!
no question !!
you can hear everything better, everything being all the instruments
sharper clearer you can hear every distinctive instrument, awesome!"
~~~~~ About "Crossing" ~~~~~~
One of the DSD recordings that made David Elias "Best Male Vocalist" on pure DSD download site www.NativeDSD.com
Recorded, mixed and mastered in the ultra high HD audio resolution of Direct Stream Digital (DSD), 64 times higher resolution of CD quality 16/44.1k PCM.
What Stereophile magazine described as "Extraordinary"!! - This is a 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD = Plays stereo on any CD player. *** Very Limited Copies Remaining -- then OOP! ***
These tracks are on Bandcamp as very high quality 24-bit/88.2kHz FLAC! You are getting the closest to the original SACD/DSD quality as possible with PCM. Read some of the reviews below...
STEREOPHILE Magazine said: "From the first note it is apparent that this is an extraordinary recording". "Crossing" is a recording for anyone looking to rediscover the folk tradition in a contemporary expressive format. It has the songs and the musicians performing that are capable of recreating what many consider to be a lost or at least an endangered art.
"Crossing" continues to blaze the 5.1 Surround Sound HD trail (Elias began in 2003 with award-winning 'The Window') and at the same time addressing the folk tradition idiom by working with legendary musicians in live studio recording sessions.
"Crossing" explores the depth to which highly articulate lyrics and accompaniments can be captured and recreated for the listener in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. It features a top-notch backing band recorded live in the studio at Slipperworld.net
in La Honda, California. Discover what it sounds like to be surrounded by some of the finest bluegrass and folk musicians. This album was recorded for surround-sound with the listener sitting in middle facing the singer and the band wrapping around both sides. It was indeed a circle of musicians in the studio...
"Crossing" joined the top list of picks (finalists) by High Fidelity Review writers and listeners for the 2005 Surround Music Awards in 3 different categories: "Listener's Choice", "Best Made-For-Surround Title", and "Best Non-Orchestral Mix". It is also one of the very few Pure DSD recordings (recorded/mixed/masterd as DSD) out there!
Listen to "Crossing" on Pandora.com
released June 1, 2016
Word and Music by David Elias, © 2005 - All Rights Reserved
David Elias: acoustic, vocal
Matt Flinner: mandolin
Eric Thorin: upright bass
Sally Van Meter: dobro
Marc Dalio: drums
Eric Moon: accordion, keyboard
John Havard: electric guitar
Chris Kee: upright bass
David Phillips: pedal steel
Peter Tucker: drums
Produced by David Elias
MQA DXD Master from DSD (2016) by MQA Ltd., UK.
Recorded to DSD64 on Sonoma by Charlie Natzke
Studio Engineer: Charlie Natzke, www.slipperworld.net
Mixed, Mastered for SACD 2.0/5.1 by Gus Skinas, www.superaudiocenter.com
DSD Download Production by David Elias
Here's what Dick Metcalf wrote (5 stars):
A GREAT SACD!
A new recording format (DSD), which the liners say is "the highest resolution media available anywhere today", is featured on this great little CD in from David! I was first introduced to David's wonderful acoustic guitar & vocals over at MIXPOSURE (www.mixposure.com
), by Guy Michetti (who is a fantastic player in his own right). Elias' music takes me back nearly 30 years, to an era where the singers were able to reach right out & touch your soul with their lyrics (think James Taylor, maybe). David's voice is a natural for this kind of music, & his lyric-writing skills are top-o'-th'-line. There's a tinge of country & a flash of John Denver, but I'd say his singing & lyrical style reminds me (more) of one of my all-time favorite singers, Bruce Cockburn. Simple messages wrapped in intelligent & meaningful words. If you like this type of music, I'd suggest you keep your ear on Mr. Elias... he's got fame & glory coming soon. Be sure you're there to enjoy it with him... I will be, for sure! This CD gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears! Learn more about David & his music at www.davidelias.com
or purchase the CD at cdbaby.com/elias6
Here's what Will wrote (5 stars):
What I Need To Hear
I just wanted you to know that i have been listening to these songs on a regular basis. And it is just absolutely beautiful and moving. The perfect instrumentation for every song just totally gets me. Your voice is lifted to amazing height with this music. And i'm glad because everything you say is what I need to hear. Anyone who hasn't heard this is really missing out. Thank you thank you thank you.
Here's what Phillip E. Hardy wrote (5 stars):
David is a bona fide folk music talent in the tradition of popular 70’s artists like Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce. This track [Mend My Mind] is so damn pleasant to hear and I wish I heard more music like this at OMD’s. The vocals and guitar work are effortless and beautiful and the production is as clean as it gets. The mandolin work on this tune also adds tremendous color and fills in without being overbearing. This is great work by an artist who deserves your attention.
Here's what musician Maria Daines wrote (5 stars):
Poetry and Storytelling
'Loneliness must be where friendship and the road meet...'
A knock me over piece of writing that says so much more inside, under and over the lines. A quiet place of light, like walking through autumn leaves with the sun laying her golden fingers across the land and as you stroll you hear a song in your head, the solitude of peace.
You sing and play a journey here and take us along with you, from your shoulder we can share the experience of being in anothers shoes,
a brief gimpse of an artists heart.
A professional recording of the highest quality, everything in balance so perfectly. Easing us into a kind of comfort and beauty. Sheer heaven.
Here's what M. Frazier wrote (5 stars):
Perfect all the way
Everything about this song [Crossing] is simply musical. The epitome of true modern music. A great story, excellent songwriting, musical changes, musicianship, vocals, production. Smooth, heartfelt and stirs images in the minds of the listeners (speaking for myself - and I bet a lot more). This is one of the best tunes I've heard for a long time, anywhere. Super work all around. Very pleased I found this one.
Lots more 5 star reviews here: