Free 2.5 Hr Audiophile Movie Youtube , MUST SEE

Hi all,

Amazing 2.5 hour movie on you tube. Roundtable discussion with Steve Berkowitz, Greg Calbi, Evan Cornog, Michael Fremer, Kevin Killen, and Craig Street. This is a must see for any audiophile. Looking forward to hearing your comments.



Steve Berkowitz: is Senior Vice President of Sony Music's Legacy Records. A multi Grammy and Handy Award winning producer, he has worked at Columbia Records/CBS/Sony for 21 years in music marketing and A&R. Prior to this, Steve was an artist manager, tour manager, guitar player, booking agent, retail record buyer, recording studio owner, DJ, truck driver, NCAA Basketball referee, roady and soda jerk. Over the years he has worked with artists Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Fishbone, John Mellencamp, Henry Threadgill, Max Roach, Jeff Buckley, The Cars, Ministry, Derek Trucks, and many more . He has supervised the release of more than 3,000 albums. Steve lives in Manhattan with his wife, Monique, and sons, Nick and Ben, and each morning rises expecting to hear something wonderful he's never heard before.

Greg Calbi: is a managing partner and mastering engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Mastering is the final stage of music production, during which final enhancement is added to the music to best project what the artist is trying to achieve. Calbi started out in the mastering business in his early 20s at the famed Record Plant, New York, where he worked on such 70's classics as John Lennon's "Walls and Bridges", David Bowie's "Young Americans" and Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." At Sterling Sound, he was active in the late 70's New Wave scene, working with groups such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads and Patti Smith. In his wide-ranging career, he has mastered music by Paul Simon, James Taylor, U2, Norah Jones, Bad Brains, The Beastie Boys, John Mayer, and Emmylou Harris, among many others. He has worked across all musical genres in mastering nearly 7,000 albums.

Evan Cornog: is the author of three books of political history, The Power and the Story: How The Crafted Presidential Narrative Has Determined Political Success from George Washington to George W. Bush, Hats in the Ring: An Illustrated History of American Presidential Campaigns (with Richard Whelan), and The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828. He served as Press Secretary to New York Mayor Edward Koch, has worked on the editorial staffs of The New Yorker and Wigwag Magazines, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Wigwag, The American Scholar, Slate, Columbia Journalism Review, The Daily News, and The Lancet. Dr. Cornog is now Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Publisher of Columbia Journalism Review.

Michael Fremer: is a senior contributing editor at Stereophile magazine, a contributing editor at Home Theater magazine, and editor/owner of the online music review website, He has also contributed to The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Consumer Digest, and The Bergen Record, among other publications and periodicals. Fremer was featured in the History of Audio documentary on The History Channel, and has appeared on MTV, The Today Show, and CNN talking about the high-end audio listening experience, home theater, and the unlikely resurgence of LP vinyl records. In 2006 he wrote, produced, and hosted the DVD, 21st Century Vinyl: Michael Fremer�s Practical Guide to Turntable Set-up. A second DVD, It�s a Vinyl World, After All: Michael Fremer�s Guide to Record Cleaning, Storage, Handling, Collecting & Manufacturing in the 21st Century, is currently in production for release December, 2008.

Kevin Killen: has spent the last 29 years compiling an impressive list of credentials among the premier pop artists� in the music industry, including Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, Jewel, Bon Jovi, U2, Bryan Ferry, Lorenna McKennit, and Duncan Sheik. He began his career at Dublin's Lombard Studios, a jingle/album/demo studio. Killen quickly ascended to engineering his share of demos and jingles, a valuable experience which influenced his whole career. As junior engineer, Kevin was exposed to cutting edge recording techniques from many genres, and experimentation fusing musical traditions. Killen moved to New York in the mid 1980s and has continued to expand the roster of artists that he works with. He has received 5 Grammy awards for his contributions to the albums of Shakira, and recently mixed his first country artist, Sugarland, scoring a number one hit.

Craig Street: is a record producer who has worked with a host of artists, including Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson, Chris Whitley, John Legend, and The Gypsy Kings. Born in Oakland, California, his interest in music was nurtured by an audiophile father and a house full of song. He has worked as a musician, photographer, radio producer, dj, and plasterer prior to becoming a record producer.
Note: Click on the link to view. It works, despite not displaying correctly.
Thanks for the link!

Interesting and enjoyable.

I really likes at 1:44:30 when after the "audiophile" on the panel plays a well loved lp he brought along, he say's "it's mono"...then fremer checks the jacket..."it's stereo"...'oh,it's stereo?' lots of laughs.
Very cool video...Thanks.

One member showed me another great audiophile vid on the tube.


Interested in hearing your comments, and if anyone has some interesting audiophile video links please post them in the thread.
Outstanding videos!
On the 1st link I could not watch past the 1 hr mark for some reason???

Anyone else have trouble viewing the 1st youtube link?
Jafant - I viewed the entire 1st link with no issues.
It was interesting, but I never thought they really got to the crux question - "Why Audio Quality Matters" Very good though.
They act like they would like to have the 40's to 60's recording quality back.One thing they seem to overlook is the fact is was all recorded on tube gear.Maybe if the studios had a new version of the tubed gear used back then,they may be
able to produce recordings like that again.
Hifi - What I got out of that part of the conversation is that they would like to have the 40s - 60s recording methods and attention to detail back, and that the fact that nobody cares about the quality anymore is what's ruining modern recordings.

The one guy with the big gray beard touched on the fact that iPods are exposing more people to more music and that that is a good thing, but to me that point seemed like it was lost. I would have also added that many people get a lot of satisfaction out of their ear buds, or their modest systems (like I have). I got the impression from most on the panel that they felt if you don't have a system that sounds real and if you don't listen with the lights out while doing absolutely nothing else then the joy of the music is lost to you. I'm not sure I agree this applies to everyone. I have a teenage son that is way more into music than I was at his age, even though I listened a lot (no Xbox, etc. back then). The iPod and iTunes have a heck of a lot to do with that.
Yes,they covered a lot of territory on the discussion.I guess what I was getting at was Mike Fremer getting a real kick out of the quality of the old tv audio part.He enjoys a lot of old recordings like a lot of others and myself do,but not enough to support getting that kind of quality back then that a lot of people didn't,and still don't enjoy.Like the one man(from Sony I believe)said,it all comes down to profit. The small disc on the shelf taking less space.There was a recent thread on downloading music.If I remember right,the OP, or someone on the thread acted like putting all of your music on a hard drive without any cd,or vinyl was a great thing.I myself like to have a cd or record as the source and insurance that it won't crash or disappear.I sure don't want to see the market go that way.Your system will show what some of those tube day recordings,with 2-3 mikes,and no digital gear in the path did.They had some awesome recordings from those days.I don't have a iPod yet,but I have an idea of what they sound like.I hope some kind of cd/sacd disc at least stays around.The quality of audio in the future from the discussion seems to have them all wondering what the public will choose.Hopefully it will give us some nice recordings to still choose from that isn't all compressed and bland sounding.I listen to headphones too,and they do reveal the difference.I've bought so many bad recordings over the past decades and still have some hope at getting a good one now and then.Lets hope the industry helps steer the public into choosing something good enough to keep us audio people happy too!
"Lets hope the industry helps steer the public into choosing something good enough to keep us audio people happy too! "

Hifi - The comments from one of the last people to ask questions (not on the panel but in the audience) gave me hope. He said that Apple et al will drive hi rez downloads because they'll make super hi capacity iPods and most people will not have enough music to fill them up (so they won't need to buy them). He suggested that Apple will say "Hey, you need to but Hi Rez versions, and we have just the product to hold it all." And of course Apple will have just the store to download from.
We'll see.
Sebrof,I at least learned one thing from this video,don't be shocked when I go to buy a new cd and the store is closed,or the shelf is empty.In the 80's,it was strange walking into the record store to see all the records gone.Nothing but the little jewel box's sittng there making the store look empty.I had no choice about it being time to buy a cd player.The day may come about having to buy a iPod.