PS Audio Octave Records – Audiophile Masters Volume 1 – Various Artists


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Audiophile Masters Volume 1

Various Artists

A stunning new collection of great music and breathtaking recordings direct from the DSD masters. Ten of the best recordings we have ever made. From the beautiful piano stylings of Don Grusin, to the rich and fiery guitar work of Kyle Donovan and Taylor Sims. If you love great, well recorded music, then this is the album for you.

Volume One of Octave Records Audiophile Masters contains ten of the best recordings we have ever made. From the beautiful piano stylings of Don Grusin, the rich and fiery guitar work of Kyle Donovan and Taylor Sims, the soul-searching beauty of Cellist Josh Halpern’s bowing, to the ethereal beauty of Saffron from The Color of Music, this collection of original DSD recordings is a hand-curated sonic delight.

Volume One of the Audiophile Masters has something for every music lover that wants to stretch the sonic limits of their system. Recorded exclusively on the multitrack Sonoma DSD and mastered by Gus Skinas, each of these musical gems will become essential listening material.

Included in this release is a dual-layer SACD disc playable on any transport or CD player, plus a DVD data disc containing all the master files, and a 40-page full-color booklet with artist and track information as well as session photos. It is also available as a download.

This is one limited edition release you do not want to miss out on.

About the Artists

Don Grusin’s Willow Dance and Gabriel Mervine’s Feel are two of the finest from their Octave releases. And then there’s the sonic wonder called Saffron, based on immersion into the synthesis of The Color of Sound. This is one track you’ve got to hear on the best sound system you know of. Challenging. Stunning. Ekaterina Kotcherguina and Jessica Nilles Kressin of Duo Azure perform a challenging classic from Clara Schuman, Sechs Lieder, Op. 23, no. 1. Recorded live in the studio directly onto the Sonoma DSD system, this amazing music will melt hearts and give your system’s dynamics a challenge as Ekaterina gives it all she’s got. Flying Blind was curated from Clandestine Amigo’s first album, Temporary Circumstances, and still, we find it to be one of the best vocal recordings we have in our collection of musical treasures.

Percussionist Carl Dixon reminds us what great rhythm has to offer in this Costa Rican-inspired gem, and then it’s on to Mozart’s Milanese Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, performed by a lovely string quartet lead by an exceptional American Violinist, Yumi Hwang-Williams. Listen to the energy this group offers us, captured live in the studio through Manley vacuum tube electronics directly into the Sonoma pure DSD recorder. The more you listen, the more you will find that Audiophile Masters, Volume One, is a must-have hand-curated treasure. This is a limited edition, so don’t miss out.

Track Samples

Octave Audiophile Masters

The Recording

All but two of the tracks on Volume One of Audiophile Masters were recorded at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons Colorado. Don Grusin’s Willow Dance was recorded live in Moose Studios, while Saffron, from The Color of Sound, was captured in Boulder’s Immersive Studios in pure DSD. Equipment used to record are a myriad of some of the world’s finest electronics including, Manley Vacuum Tube microphone preamplifiers as well as preamplifiers from Michael and Eben Grace and Fred Forssell’s pure class A all FETs. All microphone feeds are sent directly into their preamplifiers and then straight into the Sonoma multitrack DSD recorder via Meitner ADCs. No mixing boards or intermediate stages are employed in the recording process, getting as close to a DSD version of the classic Direct-to-Disc technology of the 70s and 80s. Mixes were all performed on pure analog consoles including Euphonix, Trident, and Studer. A/D conversion is handled exclusively on classic hand-crafted Meitners, and D/A conversions is processed by a combination of Meitner and PS Audio DirectStream DACs. Microphones included Royer 122, Sound Deluxe iFET 7, Sennheiser 421, Tim de Paravicini modified stereo AKG C24 vacuum tube microphone (on loan from Dan Schwartz), vintage RCA 44BX ribbon, Neumann M49, and U47 condensers, and DPA 4009 among others. Captured in pure DSD on the Sonoma Recording System. Download the recording booklet

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • DVD data disc containing DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM
  • Pure DSD mastered by Gus Skinas on the Sonoma mastering system
  • DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM download
  • No compression in the mastering process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand-curated on the Infinity IRSV in PS Audio’s Music Room Two
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media


Every cut made my speakers disappear

Every cut was meticulous. Every cut made my speakers disappear, to be replaced by musicians in my room. I like all of the cuts a great deal, but cut #9, Tamboras de Natureza by Carl Dixon, will be the cut I use to demonstrate my system to those interested in hearing it.

one phenomenal recording

This is one phenomenal recording with wonderful music. The best so far from Octave Records. It sounds better every time I play it, or is it Sunlight is breaking in. Anyway, I’m really enjoying this latest from Octave.

the best sounding piece of music from any of my sources

This recording is the best sounding piece of music from any of my sources. I have a low six figure system… Wilson, dCS, c-j class A, etc., and you can really enjoy the beauty of the recording.

Best recording I’ve ever heard – by more than a little.

Played Audiophile Masters Volume 1 for the first time last night. Best recording I’ve ever heard – by more than a little. Voices, instruments, sound stage and overall musical balance. Great cuts. All the best ever played on my system for sure.

Got mine yesterday—love it!

Got mine yesterday—love it! Played it at a bunch of volume levels (wife dependent) and it sounds awesome. Love the mix of musical styles/genres.

Overall, an excellent recording.

“Listened to the whole recording (SACD/DSD64) via DMP and DS Sr. This evening – my second time through.

Really enjoyed it, especially the more “classical” tracks, the rendition of piano through out, “Saffron” and Clandestine Amigo (“Flying Blind”).“

Overall, an excellent recording.

The guitar work on track 2 The Hitchhiker really shines on my system

I just received my copy of the Audiophile Masters Compilation CD the other day. Good variety of music to test the system. Great recording quality IMO. The guitar work on track 2 The Hitchhiker really shines on my system as does track 9 Tambores de Natureza! Overall I’m pleased with release.

About Octave Records

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.