A special collaboration with StereoLife Magazine: DSD Sampler Vol. 1
We are extremely happy to inform you about our collaboration with Native DSD Music – world-famous online service offering original DSD recordings directly from the producers who record in this format. The result of our partnership is a unique digital album – “StereoLife Magazine DSD Album – Volume 1” – containing six DSD tracks and available now at a special price of €8 for the whole package. (a special discount is available for StereoLife Subscribers) In this compilation you will experience different genres, a variety of musical flavours, but all of them in the best possible quality.
There is no music without sound, and for some people, the quality of sound is more important than most things in life, as it brings us closer to our favorite music and lets us explore its beauty. What you are about to experience is an album created by StereoLife Magazine in collaboration with Native DSD Music. In our work we are operating in two completely different areas, but it all leads to the same thing – letting our readers and listeners immerse themselves in sound and enjoy music in the best possible way. There are many ways to achieve this state of total connection with art. For some music lovers it can be a turntable and old vinyl records, others just need a smartphone and decent headphones to enjoy their favorite music, but at StereoLife Magazine and Native DSD Music we believe that DSD recordings are quite simply the best solution of all, allowing us to take the sound quality to the state-of-the-art. This is the reason for Native DSD Music to create a service label called “NativeDSD Presents…”, and the first DSD Sampler they release is this StereoLife Magazine DSD Album Vol. 1.
Direct Stream Digital (DSD) is a trademark used by Sony and Philips for their system of digitally recording and archiving music, initially for release on Super Audio CD (SACD) and preserving analog master recordings. Native DSD Music offers original DSD recordings, directly from the producers who record in this format. But instead of printing and shipping SACD’s – you can now download these 1 bit files. DSD stores music as delta-sigma modulated digital audio, a sequence of single-bit values at a sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz (64 times the CD Audio sampling rate of 44.1 kHz) which is used for SACDs. DSD can be also be recorded in Double DSD (5.6 MHz or DSD128) and Quad DSD (11.2 MHz or DSD256) which are only available as downloads (not SACDs), such as those found at the Native DSD Music website store.
The word “Native” in Native DSD Music means offering music files that are sourced as early in the production process as possible. The key word is Native. Unlike the majority of download service sites today, unless otherwise indicated, Native DSD offers only DSD Edit Masters, sourced from DSD and DXD session recordings, and not ripped files from optical media. The much-abused term “Studio Masters” has little relevance when the source of a site’s download file is from the same optical media available to the consumer. To put this into perspective, this is most important for recordings that contain the fragile low level spatial and instrument detail content of recorded music. It is music recorded in an acoustic space at the highest technical level available, with the intent of transporting the music performance to the listeners’ room with the highest possible detail.
To play DSD files you need a few things, which you may already have. The first is a computer to play the files using music player software that will translate the DSF files and send it to your hi-fi system. The second is a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) in your hi-fi system – a device which allows you to play music from your computer, usually via a USB cable. And, of course, you will need an amplifier and speakers or headphones, whatever you use to listen to music at home. If you are going to play DSD files for the first time, you may have to configure your software for that purpose. This will depend on the player software you select to read the DSF files. On PC’s it can be Foobar2000, JPlay, JRiver Media Center, Signalyst HQPlayer, Teac HR Audio Player, Roon Labs etc. For Mac users some of the most popular players supporting DSD files are Audirvana Plus, Channel D Pure Music, Sonic Studio Amarra as well as JRiver Media Center, Teac HR Audio Player or Roon Labs.
Founded in 2014 by Jared Sacks (Channel Classics Records founder and recording engineer) and his son Jonas (web designer and filmmaker), Native DSD Music started out with the Channel Classics Records catalogue of about 170 albums in DSD. Their mission was to create a central place where music fans could go to find the highest resolution recordings in the world in both Stereo and Multichannel, directly from labels recording in DSD and/or DXD. The vision was to make music available to listeners anywhere in the world, as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) downloads. This included obtaining DSD Edit Masters and Analog Master Tapes that could be transferred to DSD, bringing you, the listener, as close to the original performance as possible. In the last year, Native DSD Music has seen tremendous growth. Today they are offering over 800 albums from 39 labels – all and only available in DSD (and sometimes DXD). More and more record labels are joining this store, as DSD is becoming the go-to format for the highest quality recorded music. Towards the end of 2015, the team started offering Gear (DACs, Headphones, Cables and Mobile DSD Music Players) at NativeDSDGear.com, which is run by the Native DSD Music team. It specialises in offering Gear that plays back DSD files natively.
“StereoLife Magazine DSD Album – Volume 1” contains six tracks with various music in DSD64 files. All of them represent state-of-the-art level of sound quality, allowing the listener to experience a unique level of performance and hear what their stereo system can really do powered by hi-res music. We are convinced that the album will not only give you a lot of musical pleasure, but also bring the quality of your hi-fi to a higher level, as in fact all of the recordings available at Native DSD Music website.
For further details, please visit the album page and have a look at the booklet & a listen to the music!
Album page: StereoLife Magazine DSD Album – Volume 1