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Audiophile Masters Volume VII

Audiophile Masters Volume VII

The Artist

Various Artists

Wonderfully natural recordings of great music
Audiophile Masters VII is an audiophile's treat. 10 stellar recordings of music that will delight the senses and show off your system's resolution and imaging. Start with Thom LaFond's adventure into seeing music as colors in Synthesia, then let Bonnie Sims' soulful voice serenade you with the country classic, Lorena. Track after track, this high-end sampler of new, original music, coupled with a few traditional standards, is a must-have for any serious listener. Recorded in pure DSD, you can count on Octave to bring you only the finest in the recording arts. Available as an SACD, or download, this is a limited edition classic.

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The Music and Artists

The album starts off with Synthesia, a wonderful piece from Thom Lafond and Banshee Tree that musically expresses colors. Several tracks later, we're enjoying the guitar pickings of Eric Wiggs, and then we go to the soulful country twang of Bonnie Sims. Before you know it, we're on to some beautifully played piano pieces captured perfectly in pure DSD. The last three pieces on the album are jazz from saxophonist, Briana Harris, keyboardist, Tom Amend, and closing out the album is trumpet master, Gabriel Mervine. Audiophile Masters VII gives the thrill of stretching your high-end audio system's limits to see what magic it can produce.

01 - Banshee Tree Synesthesia
02 - Banshee Tree Make it Rain
03 - Dylan McCarthy Portsmouth
04 - Eric Wiggs The Knowing
05 - Bonnie and Taylor Sims Lorena
06 - Deborah Schmit-Lobis Devotion
07 - Deborah Schmit-Lobis Northern Lights
08 - Briana Harris Someday Soon
09 - Tom Amend Trio OC-sar
10 - Gabriel Mervine Love is Here to Stay


Audiophile Masters VII was recorded exclusively at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, Colorado using Octave Records’ Pure DSD process and the Sonoma multi-track DSD recording system. Audiophile Masters VII is playable on any SACD, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. It also has a high-resolution DSD layer that is accessible using any SACD player, or by using the PS Audio SACD transport. In addition, the master DSD and PCM files are available for purchase and download (including DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSDDirect Mastered 176.4kHz/24-bit, 88.2kHz/24-bit and 44.1kHz/24-bit PCM). Audiophile Masters, Vol. VII was recorded by Steven Vidaic, and mixed by Paul McGowan and Jessica Carson. The recording was mastered by Gus Skinas. Octave Records’ Jessica Carson was the executive producer.

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • Pure DSD recorded on the Sonoma DSD system
  • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD Direct-Mastered 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24-bit PCM download
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks mixed on the PS Audio FR 30 reference loudspeaker in Octave Studios' Mixroom by Paul McGowan and Jessica Carson
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media