Honoring the Music and Those Who Make It
Our mission at Octave® Records is simple – respect musicians by paying them fairly, and respect their music by bringing it to life in the highest quality possible.
Too often, musicians have to absorb the costs of production, leaving them little or any earnings – or even putting them in debt. And the quality of their recordings end up in last place. We at PS Audio and Octave Records™ are dedicated to correcting these inequities.
To support musicians, Octave covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may directly share in retail sales revenues – while retaining ownership of their music.
Octave Records is dedicated to offering the highest-quality recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD on SACD, as well as 192kHz PCM. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave utilizes the world’s finest studio equipment, based around the acclaimed Sonoma™ DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system. Gus Skinas, our world-renowned mastering engineer, has hundreds of album credits and helped design the Sonoma system.
Mastered by The Master
There were a lot of advantages back in the analog days — the warmth and emotion you got from music. And the Sonoma System gives you that emotional connection again. Gus Skinas
Octave Records® records exclusively on the Sonoma multi-track workstation which uses pure one-bit Direct Stream Digital® (DSD) technology. From the format’s inception, the point man on DSD recording has been Gus Skinas, who has worked on countless SACD and other releases including reissues of nearly two dozen Rolling Stones titles, plus numerous classics from Nat King Cole, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, George Harrison and others.
“Once a recording artist experiences high-resolution audio, they can’t go back,” says Gus. “Sonoma brings this high-resolution music home.”
He continued, “Sonoma uses one-bit sigma delta technology for recording music, which we find has the character and “feel” of analog tape. I’m convinced that digital PCM music at lower sample rates has distortions in the time domain that can’t easily be measured, but that the brain knows isn’t quite right. When done right, DSD fixes that.
Experience for yourself Octave Recordings
Octave’s premier release, Out of Thin Air, is from world-renowned pianist and composer, Don Grusin.
Don has recorded with hundreds of artists and has received three GRAMMY awards and nominated for a fourth with his 2006 live album, The Hang. His recording projects and live performances have taken him around the world. He is the founder of Moose Sound LLC, a recording studio outside of Salida, Colorado where Out of Thin Air was recorded.
Don Grusin grew up in Littleton, Colorado, studied at the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1960s and went on to teach economics. At the same time, he pursued his musical interests and in the 1970s, while teaching at Foothill College, he started playing with Latin-jazz Bay Area superband Azteca. When Don got an invitation from Quincy Jones to join his touring band, he dedicated himself to music full-time, as a bandleader and studio musician in Los Angeles.
Don has worked with a variety of artists including: Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, Zoot Sims, Joe Pass, and many others; and with the 1980s Friendship band, which featured guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Alex Acuna, saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Abe Laboriel and percussionist Steve Forman.
Don’s older brother, noted composer/pianist/producer and co-founder of GRP Records, Dave Grusin, had a major influence on Don’s interest and approach to music generally and in jazz in particular. They’ve played together at The Conference of World Affairs at CU for many years, and have frequently played two-piano concerts on tours in the US and internationally.
Here for yourself what others are saying:
Out Of Thin Air is one of the best recordings I have ever heard. You guys knocked this one out of the park! The music is amazing.