"Hang on to your seat!"

The Art of HiFi: Bass


Various Artists

"Hang on to your seat!"

The Art of HiFi Volume 01: Bass, features 10 wonderful tracks each with musically satisfying low-frequency notes that will stretch the limits of your high-end audio system. Bass is the fundamental bedrock of music and Volume 01 gets it right in perhaps ways you’ve never heard before. It’s an extraordinary experience. Bass has it all, from the lowest notes of a massive pipe organ to the system-challenging extremes of a musical synthesizer. All tracks were recorded and mixed in Octave’s new state-of-the-art studios in pure DSD256 by PS Audio’s Paul McGowan and mastered by Gus Skinas. No audiophile’s collection should be without The Art of HiFi Series, Volume 01: Bass.


The Artists

The Art of HiFi : Bass was put together over a few months of recording including a live performance at Temple Emmanuel in Denver. Artists featured on this album include award-winning organist Kenrick Mervine, father of jazz trumpeter, Gabriel Mervine. Kenrick holds degrees in Organ Performance with Distinction from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, with honors from the American Guild of Organists, West Chester State University, and the Music Teachers National Alliance. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, served on the faculty of Seton Hall University, performed with numerous symphony orchestras, and was privileged to serve as an organist for Pope John Paul II. The opening track, Erase Me, was the work of an up-and-coming young composer and performer, Kaitlin Williams who began her musical studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied opera before switching her major to jazz studies. Jazz bassist Seth Lewis featured on tracks 2, and 8 of Bass traveled the world performing and teaching and has collaborated with celebrated jazz artists as well as performing with Broadway and Las Vegas shows. During his time in New York, Seth regularly appeared at well-known jazz clubs including Smalls, Smoke, Dizzy’s Club Coca­-Cola, Cleopatra’s Needle and The Iridium. Drummer Michael Wooten's composition, Rocky Mountain Rain, is one to crank up the volume and enjoy. Wooten was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame twice, once with the band Zephyr and then with Leftover Salmon. Pianist Tom Amend gets us down into the lowest bass notes possible on Track 9, World Wind. Tom Amend has shared the stage with greats like Jeff Hamilton, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan.  

The Music

Erase me: Kaitlin Williams
How deep: Seth Lewis Trio
Power of life: Kendrick Mervine
Rocky Mountain Rain: Michael Wooten
Sheps dream: Jeremy Mohney
Passacaglia: Kendrick Mervine
Take what you need: DJ Sparr
Maiden voyage: Seth Lewis Trio
World Wind: Tom Amend
Toccata in D Minor: Kendrick Mervine

The Recording

With the exception of the live recording of the pipe organ made at Temple Emmanuel in Denver, all the recordings were captured in Octave Record's new state-of-the-art DSD studio in pure DSD256. Engineer Paul McGowan used minimal miking techniques focused on using the single-point Blumelein stereo microphone in a modified Decca Tree configuration. No EQ or compression was used in any of these recordings. The AKG and Telefunken single-point Blumlein condenser microphones were augmented by a pair of DPA condensers that captured the room, along with a Bock Audio condenser that served as the center for a modified Decca Tree configuration. Other microphones that were sparingly used for specific spot mics include:
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann U67
  • AKG C314
  • Manley Force Vacuum Tube
Recording System:
  • Pyramix 14

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • Pure DSD256 recorded on the Pyramix DSD system
  • Mixed in DXD on the Pyramix DAW
  • DSD64, 128, 256, DSDDirect Mastered 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24 bit PCM available as downloads
  • No compression in the mastering or mixing process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC and FR30 loudspeakers
  • All tracks are hand-curated on the aspen FR30 loudspeakers in Music Room Three
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

Record Reviews

That was the bass I’ve been looking for
Yes, that was the bass I’ve been looking for. Great tracks, and I would vote for Art of HiFi: Bass Vol. 2

- RobH

Great sounding recording
beat me to the punch on this one! My copy arrived yesterday and I was able to listen to it today! Great sounding recording my favorite tracks are number 5 Sheps Dream and track 8 How Deep is the Ocean. The pipe organ music is also pretty good! The Rel subs enjoyed the low frequencies.

- Paul172

The pipe organ stuff was fantastic.
It was a genuinely impressive recording. The pipe organ stuff was fantastic. I would have loved something using the Moog Taurus bass pedals like Genesis employed in the old days. They’re amazing. Still a great buy for my collection.

- umiami91

Rattled my wife’s dental plate
Rattled my wife’s dental plate. When the last track finished her comment was “Isn’t there more?” :smile:

- 67checker

I love the bass and the songs
I love the bass and the songs, but I was not able to turn up the volume to enjoy the big bass from my big speakers yet because my wife is not crazy about it. The bass has to wait after our vacation.

- DChang

Thank you for the opportunity to be the first to listen. Wow. OMG! This is an extraordinary recording with bass that rattles the room.

- J. Schmitz

I think I need another subwoofer
I can hear that some of the lowest notes aren't coming through, as I would hope. I have some work to do. Thank you for this amazing work.

- Rdp

Never heard anything like it
Track 3, The Power Of life, is my favorite. Never heard anything like it. The depth of the soundstage goes outside my room and when he hits those low notes...

- DojoB

About Octave Records

Bringing life to music

Octave Records™ is dedicated to offering the highest-quality life-like stereo recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD and high resolution PCM to 352.8kHz. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave has built one of the industry’s most technologically advanced DSD recording facilities based around the state-of-the-art Pyramix DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system.

At Octave, we respect musicians by paying them fairly. Octave Records covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may have the opportunity to bring their music and magic to the world in the highest fidelity possible while retaining ownership of their music.

At Octave, it’s all about bringing life to the music.


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