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Out of Thin Air

Octave Records Master Series

Built in Boulder

Out of Thin Air is PS Audio’s Octave® Records’ premier launch recording. This is a beautiful collection of music composed and performed by world-renowned pianist, Don Grusin. We’ve spared no effort to create what we consider to be one of the finest piano recordings we’ve ever heard. We are excited to share this recording, featuring masterful solo piano playing by Don, as an ultimate reference for letting you hear how a piano can come alive in your room. Octave Records is PS Audio’s effort to both help musicians realize their artistic goals in a nurturing creative environment, and to further the state of the art in musical reproduction. This collection of pure DSD recorded music is nothing short of stunning, both musically and sonically. Recorded and mixed live to stereo at 8440 feet in Don Grusin’s Moose Sound by Robert Friedrich of Five/Four Productions and mastered by Gus Skinas at PS Audio, each of the 12 tracks is a sonic masterpiece you’ll want to have in your collection. This two-disc set includes a dual-layer SACD with pure DSD (in stereo and surround), as well as a DSDDirect Mastered CD layer, playable in any CD transport, and a DVD data disc with high resolution 176kHz 24 PCM as well as DSD. A true collector’s item. Get one in your hands before they’re gone. Ships worldwide.


Out of Thin Air

Product Description

The premier launch recording of PS Audio’s Octave® Records. From the brilliant pianist, Don Grusin comes a remarkable recording of original compositions. Recorded in pure DSD on the Sonoma Multi-track recorder, this is one of the very best recordings you’ll have in your treasured collection. The 2-disc set includes an Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD with both the original master DSD as well as a special high-definition CD layer, playable on any CD, SACD, or DVD player and a second DVD data disc with high-resolution PCM and pure single rate DSD for copying to your computer.

Do not miss out on this limited edition release of Octave Records’ premier launch of its Master Series.

Wow. This is the best recording of a piano I have ever heard. It’s as if Grusin’s in the room with me. Great work, beautiful, inspired music. Highly recommended.

Classical September
Hermano Hildago
The Last Train
2-minute Study in E
Willow Dance
When Last We Spoke
Grusin Likes Gershwin
Jam Suite 1 - Keyroes
Jam Suite 2 - Colorado Peach Jam
So Nan Desu

This is one recording you don’t want to be without. Each track is a sonic treasure that you’ll not only enjoy musically but a real jaw-dropper on your system.

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.; 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.

Recorded 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.

Recorded and Mixed at Moose Sound, Poncha Springs, CO. on February 29, 2020, by Robert Friedrich, Five/Four Productions, Ltd.
Edited and Mastered by Gus Skinas, Octave Records, PS Audio

Recorded and Mixed using Five/Four REVEAL SDM TM Technology. Five/Four Productions’ exclusive REVEAL Superior Dimension Music TM Technology is employed to raise the standard of excellence in both the recording of music and the music listening experience.

Microphones: AEA R88; Sanken CO-100

Microphone Preamplifiers: Forsell Technologies SMP-2; Integer Audio RMP2;

Mix Console: SSL SiX

Interconnecting Cables: Brown Electronics Labs BEL “The Wire” Type P1; Mogami Neglex; Monster Cable Studio Pro1000

Digital Recording System: Sonoma DAW with Meitner ADC/DAC Mk IV

Monitor Speakers: ATC SCM 50 and Hafler TRM8

Digital Editor: Sonoma DAW

Piano: Yamaha C7FII

Piano technician: Kevin Stock

  • Austrian gold pressed dual-layer SACD
  • DVD data disc with high resolution PCM and pure single rate DSD for copying to your computer
  • PCM 192kHz 24 bit
  • Pure DSD mastered by Gus Skinas on the Sonoma mastering system
  • Full surround sound mix and stereo included on SACD
  • No compression in the mastering process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • PCM layers DSDDirect Mastered by Gus Skinas
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand curated on the Infinity IRSV in PS Audio’s Music Room One
  • Limited edition, available until supplies are gone

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.


Best I've heard

The sound quality for a piano is the best I’ve heard on my system (KEF R7 speakers). I compared it to another solo piano album that I always thought sounded very good - Cole Porter On A Steinway (96kHz / 24bit)
Grusin’s piano sounded fuller, with more depth to the overall sound.

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Senna 1A

Awesome sound

I received my copy and just want to say how phenomenal I’ve found it. Many Thanks for providing an avenue of awesome sound Paul!

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Doug Hanna

The playing is beautiful and emotional

I’m writing to tell you that I really cannot write how much I’m enjoying Octave Records Inaugural SACD from Don Grusin. I can’t seem to come up with enough good words.
Like a lot of audiophiles, I bought this project because of the promised technical and sonic merits, which it more than lives up to. I don’t have any other acoustic recordings that sound as REAL as this one, certainly not any recent ones.

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By far the best sound my system has ever put out.

I just got mine maybe 20 minutes ago, and immediately copied the DSD files into mt Roon library. The sound, and performance, are absolutely phenomenal. By far the best sound my system has ever put out. I have never heard such a realistic rendering of a piano. Thank you Paul! Thank you Gus! and THANK you Don!!

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It sounds real

I can confirm that this disk sounds great, from performance, to mastering. It sounds, if I had to choose a word, real. You had talked about Octave on the forum, when I saw the release I immediately ordered it. As I listen now I’m glad I did.

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Sounds like a real piano in my room!!!

Sounds like a real piano in my room!!! A little wide, but that’s OK. Kind of fill the back spaces behind the speakers with a live piano. And that’s playing it with my DMP. But the data disk sounds even better if that’s possible.

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The sound stage is really massive.

The sound stage on this album is really massive. At times I wondered if there were two pianos. I generally don’t listen to single piano recordings and this isn’t the typical music I play so maybe this is common with this type of recording? I do like this album and the recording overall is outstanding. I’m excited to see what else will come out of this studio! Oh, and the packaging is really nice. SACD plus data DVD. I love this and hope it is a trend!

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It sounded like I was in the room

What a fine recording! It sounded like I was in the room. My media room has a Spinner piano at one end and a multi-channel system at the other. My Oppo 203 plays both the data disk, and the SACD without issue. Love the sound stage of the stereo and appreciate the effort to get me so close to the piano. My system, (almost near field), resolves it well. Thanks to all involved. Don’s playing is so fine, and Gus’ mix. . ., can’t thank you guys enough. I’m looking forward to your next release.

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Fantastic Sound!

Received my copy today! Fantastic sound playing the dsf file thru the DirectStream dac. Please let this become a trend including the high resolution files on a separate disc with the SACD! Bravo!!!

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