Five/Four Productions and Merging Technologies break a sound barrier

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Boston Baroque Music Director Martin Pearlman and Producer Thomas Moore, Five/Four Productions (Photo credit: Julian Bullitt)
Taking DSD from 2.8 MHz to 11.2 MHz doesn't just step it up to the next level, it catapults it!

Cleveland-based Five/Four Productions Ltd has announced that it believes to have captured the world's highest resolution audio recording in the world-renowned acoustic of Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts: a recording of Joseph Haydn's masterpiece Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) Hob XXII:11 and Symphony No. 102 in B flat major Hob. I/102, with Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque. The track is tentatively planned for release in October, 2013 on the Linn Records label. 

Five/Four Productions partnered with Merging Technologies, manufacturers of the Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation, to capture this sound. Merging Technologies developed the technology to capture ultra-high resolution 11.2 MHz 1-bit Direct Stream Digital technology.

11.2 MHz Direct Stream Digital technology is a digital platform that utilizes a 1-bit ultra-high sampling frequency that results in a recording that is 256 times the temporal resolution of CD.

The company explained that the transmission of many ultra high resolution audio channels is possible using RAVENNA Audio over IP networking technology employed by Horus and Pyramix. Multiple audio streams plus control information is connected with a single Cat5e/6 cable and uses standard network components.

“Recording to Direct Stream Digital has always been a must for us to deliver the most revealing and accurate sound,” said Five/Four recording engineer Robert Friedrich. "Taking DSD from 2.8 MHz to 11.2 MHz doesn't just step it up to the next level, it catapults it!"


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