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Hifi World vs. Studio World with Jules Standen

Gearslutz (soon to change its name) is one of the most popular forums on the web for anyone wanting to discuss how music is made in a 'professional' or home studio. In this episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Gearslutz founder Jules Standen and I chat about the differences between the hifi world and the studio world. PATREON: www.patreon.com/johndarko Gearslutz: https://www.gearslutz.com/ Producer: Nick McCorriston Music: Ben Pitt


Alessandro Cortini & John Tejada talk Rosson RAD-0 + more

PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Backstory and background info: https://darko.audio/2021/01/podcast-alessandro-cortini-john-tejada-talk-rosson-rad-0/ Mentioned in this podcast... Rosson Audio RAD-0: http://www.rossonaudiodesign.com/ Pole - Fading: https://pole-music.com/limited-edition-of-fading-aztec-gold-vinyl-poster/pole-gold-vinyl-poster-lstumm457/ John Tejada - Year of the Living Dead: https://kompakt.fm/releases/year_of_the_living_dead Scape Mastering:...


#22 - Ego-boner!

WARNING. THIS PODCAST CONTAINS CONTENT OF AN ADULT NATURE. With Twittering Machines' Michael Lavorgna. Back story: https://darko.audio/2020/12/ego-boner/ Further listening: Why isn't digital audio simply a matter of ones and zeroes? https://soundcloud.com/johnhdarko/why-digital-audio-isnt-just-ones-and-zeroes EXPERT OPINION: Bruno Putzeys (Purifi, Mola Mola, Hypex, Kii) https://soundcloud.com/johnhdarko/expert-opinion-bruno-putzeys-purifi-mola-mola-hypex What is electrical noise and how does...


Tom Vek's Sleevenote (and the joy of cover art)

Tom Vek is a multi-instrumentalist with a solid music career in the indie-dance-punk field. In 2020 he has released a new album *and* become an audio hardware developer. Sleevenote is an app, a web player and a digital audio player that aims to put the cover artwork front and centre in the listening experience: https://sleevenote.com/ Music: Ben Pitt Producer: Nick McCorriston Tom Vek photo: Kat Green


Ken Ball on Campfire Audio's Dorado 2020, Vega 2020

With Campfire Audio's Ken Ball whose IEM designs are like no other manufacturer's. In this episode, Ball discusses his company's return to ceramic earshells and the differences between dynamic and balanced armature driver designs. https://campfireaudio.com/ Backstory: https://darko.audio/2020/10/campfire-return-to-ceramic-for-dorado-2020-vega-2020/ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Producer: Nick McCorriston Music: Ben Pitt


EXPERT OPINION: Karl-Heinz Fink talks Wharfedale Diamond 12 series & more...

More info: https://www.finkteam.com/ PATREON: www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this episode: Wharfedale Diamond 12 Series: https://darko.audio/2020/09/overhauled-and-over-here-wharfedales-diamond-12-series/ Q Acoustics Concept 300: https://darko.audio/2019/05/the-look-of-love-part-2-q-acoustics-concept-300/ Mordaunt-Short: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordaunt-Short...


#21 - Work Experience

With Twittering Machines' Michael Lavorgna. https://twitteringmachines.com/ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this episode... Paul Klee's Twittering Machine: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/37347 Adam A3x: https://www.adam-audio.com/en/ax-series/a3x/ IsoAcoustics ISO130: https://isoacoustics.com/iso-130-isolation-stands/ IsoAcoustics Gaia II: https://isoacoustics.com/products/gaia-series/ 6moons: https://6moons.com/ In Living Stereo: https://inlivingstereo.com/...


Jack Oclee-Brown discusses KEF LS50 Meta & LS50 Wireless II development

Head of KEF R&D, Dr. Jack Oclee-Brown talks us through how he and his team developed a broad/er band metamaterial absorber for use behind the tweeter in the newly announced KEF LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II standmount loudspeakers, what drove the development of the active model's new streaming platform and more... More info: https://international.kef.com/ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko


Mads Buchardt talks A500 actives and the power of DSP

The Buchardt Audio A500 active loudspeakers and their streaming hub have arrived for some Darko.Audio video treatment but before the that process begins in earnest, I sat down to talk with company CEO Mads Buchardt about his company's origins, the decision to sell direct to customers and the complexity/utility trade-off of digitally-active loudspeakers. More info: https://darko.audio/2020/01/buchardt-teases-a500-active-streaming-loudspeaker/...


EXPERT OPINION: Bruno Putzeys (Purifi, Mola Mola, Hypex, Kii)

An audio engineer with a brain the size of a planet, Bruno Putzeys has designed Class D amplifier modules for Hypex, coded DSP for Kii Audio and Mola Mola and most recently has teamed up with Lars Risbo and Peter Lyngdorf to bring another Class D module - the Purifi Eigentakt - to market. PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this podcast... Darko.Audio 2018 video interview with Bruno Putzeys: https://darko.audio/2018/05/playback-pioneers-2018-bruno-putzeys-kii-audio/ NAD...


Reggie Watts: Comedian, Musician, Audiophile

Improv. Comedy. Music. Beatboxing. A late late chat show with James Corden. Is there anything Reggie Watts can't do? But how does he *listen* to music? In this episode, we find out. About Reggie Watts: http://reggiewatts.com/#:~:text=CONTACT-,ABOUT,lines%20between%20music%20and%20comedy PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this podcast… Reggie Watts' Netflix special: https://www.netflix.com/title/80115673 Reggie Watts at TEDx Berlin: https://youtu.be/Y7IxzpB-UMM The The -...


Alessandro Cortini on Campfire Audio Ara, Solaris 2020, Andromeda 2020

The Nine Inch Nails guitarist and synth wizard joins us once again, this time to share his thoughts on three new IEMs from Campfire Audio. Preview video: https://youtu.be/jEWJvVU9irU Campfire Andromeda 2020: https://campfireaudio.com/shop/andromeda-2020/ Campfire Solaris 2020: https://campfireaudio.com/shop/solaris-2020/ Campfire Ara: https://campfireaudio.com/shop/ara/ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko _____________________________________________________________________ Also...


John Tejada: a man and his machines

John Tejada has been making electronic music for almost thirty years. In this episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Tejada discusses how he got into making music, his creative process, his favourite playback hardware, his teaching work at CalArts and some of his favourite music. Photo: Holly Parker PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this episode... Orbital - Green Album: https://www.discogs.com/Orbital-Orbital/master/8932 John Tejada - Mesh Series 004 mix:...


Beware the measurements!

With PS Audio's Darren Myers. Music: Ben Pit Producer: Nick McCorriston PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this episode... Mandolin Orange - Tides of a Teardrop: https://mandolinorange.bandcamp.com/album/tides-of-a-teardrop The Avett Brothers: https://www.theavettbrothers.com/ Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Evolution: https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/xtension-10-evolution/ Ortofon Cadenza Black: https://www.ortofon.com/mc-cadenza-black-p-490 LCD Soundsystem - American...


Fear and joy in high-end audio

With Primare's Terry Medalen. What brings us joy when pursuing a better listening experience and how is that joy sometimes tarnished by fear? More info: https://www.primare.net/ Music: Ben Pit Producer: Nick McCorriston PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko


Who the hell is Chris Whitten?

Chris Whitten has a fascinating story: he's played drums for The Waterboys, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Edie Brickell and Julian Cope but he's just released a melodic techno EP on Kirk Degiorgio's ART label under the name Circles & Ellipses. Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/artist/11716309 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tv01E3QhVPE6MI45NpU9E?si=kXyzgnayS4-weOZWfk0vIQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriswhittenmusic/ Music: Ben Pit


Is Alessandro Cortini an audiophile?

Musical excerpts from Alessandro Cortini’s PRE​-​AVANTI - Berghain - live 1​/​1​/​16: https://cortini.bandcamp.com/album/pre-avanti-berghain-live-1-1-16 PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/johndarko Mentioned in this podcast... Barefoot MM27 https://barefootsound.com/micromain27/ AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt https://www.audioquest.com/dacs/dragonfly/dragonfly-cobalt Chord Mojo https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/mojo/ Astell & Kern SP1000 https://us.astellnkern.com/products/a-ultima-sp1000...


How to sell hi-fi when high street stores are closed?

With Markolf Heimann of ATR Audio Trade. (Recorded Friday 27th March)


#20 - Snake Oil

With Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio. In this episode... Furutech DeMag: https://www.musicdirect.com/equipment/furutech-demag-lp-demagnetizer JBL L100 Classic: https://www.tonepublications.com/old-school/jbl-l-100-century-loudspeakers/ https://darko.audio/2019/09/retro-sound-with-jbls-l100-classic-loudspeaker/ Floyd Toole YouTube lecture: https://youtu.be/zrpUDuUtxPM Ben Salter - The Cat: https://bensaltermusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-cat-album Music: “Snake Oil” by Frook:...


Munich High-End 2020 - what happened?

With Stefan Dreischärf of Germany's High-End Society: organisers of the Munich High-End show whose 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. https://www.highendsociety.de/home.html