Independent Acoustic Roots (MQA Master 16​/​44​.​1)

by David Elias ~ Independent Acoustic ~ MQA Pioneer

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Original Studio Masters encoded with MQA.

*** IMPORTANT *******************************************************
Be sure to download ONLY Lossless PCM formats (AIF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC) to preserve the MQA encoding -- Do NOT use MP3, or AAC or other Lossy formats as they will lose the MQA encoding benefits.

Bandcamp always defaults to MP3 format for download -- Be sure to change this to one of Lossless formats (AIF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC) by selecting from the dropdown list presented when you download. Mahalo! It will play as MP3 but doesn't sound as good!
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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 22k.

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:
davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/de-mqa-sampler
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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.)
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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):
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"oh wow - oh my god !
clearer crisp sharp, gawd!!
no question !!
wow!
you can hear everything better, everything being all the instruments
sharper clearer you can hear every distinctive instrument, awesome!"
.
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 !!
wow!
you can hear everything better, everything being all the instruments
sharper clearer you can hear every distinctive instrument, awesome!"
.
~~~~~ About "Independent Acoustic Roots" ~~~~~~

From the root cellar...Original tracks and mixes, acoustic recording sessions from 1994 and 1995. Some of these went onto the first "Lost in the Green" release as an early D.I.Y. independent acoustic when the Internet browser was being born and personal websites first started appearing as .com's. Mine was on netcom. com in San Jose.

These are pure solo acoustic takes, recorded as multitrack (1 or 2 guitar mics and vocal mic) and mixed by me to stereo. Calvin McElroy appears on mandolin on "Season of the Fall". John Caulfield appears on fiddle on "Time To Sleep Corrina".

Many of these songs were delivered to folk and national public radio shows in the US and overseas as a way to share the folk idiom from a young guy in California who was learning how to share his independent acoustic music online.

The Independent Acoustic Roots recordings, my earliest and perhaps most authentic recordings in public were certainly where I started with home studio and digital recording for release as CD and then download or streaming.

I was also playing my renewed version of coffeehouse acoustic in weekly performances at different places in the San Francisco Bay Area. This style had not yet returned in the mainstream but was in fact where I had started performing 20 full years prior.

- DE

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*** MQA Encoded by MQA Ltd., UK *** Plays on any media player with improved sound quality. Read about MQA at www.mqa.co.uk

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EXCLUSIVE
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These MQA downloads are *ONLY* available here on BC. Be sure to download one of the lossless formats (AIF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC) to retain the MQA encoding!!

** 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 20kHz.

You can download an MQA Sampler that contains tracks with all resolutions as examples, from 16/44.1 all the way up to 24/352.8 -- It is online at BC, exclusive here:

davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/de-mqa-sampler

credits

released June 27, 2016

All songs by David Elias except where noted.
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Recorded as 16/48 on Tascam DA-88 by David Elias
Mixed analog (Mackie 1202) to stereo to Sony TCD-10 DAT
Mastered by David Elias
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David Elias Hawaii

David Elias writes music and lyrics about living and dreaming and nature.

He takes photographs and uses them and his songs to make videos about nature and living and dreaming.

He has self-produced his own CDs and SACDs/DSD Downloads since 1995. Now pioneering MQA!

HD Videos since youtube.com/davideliasvideo

Go To www.davidelias.com for Native DSD studio master stereo and 5.1 downloads!
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