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Bob Weir’s TRI Studios Releases TELEFUNKEN Session on Rdio

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik and Bob Weir recently partnered for a private performance and audio workshop at TRI Studios (Tamalpais Research Institute).

Grateful Dead Co-Founder Heads Up All-Star Hi-Res Performance

Pictured at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, are Ryan Loftus, Jeff Pehrson, Jeff Chimenti, Alan Venitosh, Bob Weir, Jason Scheuner, Robyn Sylvester, Jonathan Wilson, and Richard Gowen.  Photo by Paul Vnuk Jr.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik and Bob Weir recently partnered for a private performance and audio workshop at TRI Studios (Tamalpais Research Institute). The hi-resolution stereo mix from this recording is now streaming online via Rdio here:

Rdio will eventually have access to all exclusive recordings from TRI Studios – and will be streaming them at a higher, better quality. This is all part of a greater initiative launched by TRI Studios, Rdio and Bob Weir dubbed “Musicians for Audio Quality” — to shed awareness on the importance of audio quality, the future of music and industry standards.

Recorded in hi-resolution audio, the special performance exclusively utilized TELEFUNKEN microphones and featured musicians from the Grateful Dead inspired family of bands, including Furthur, Ratdog, Box Set, The Fall Risk, Sovoso, and The Sunshine Garcia Band.

Performers included studio owner and Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir (Furthur, Ratdog), Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog keyboard player), Jeff Pehrson (The Fall Risk, Box Set, Furthur backing vocalist), Robyn Sylvester (Ratdog bassist), Jonathan Wilson (prominent LA producer / musician credited with reviving the Laurel Canyon sound), Richard Gowen (Jonathan Wilson’s drummer), and Sunshine Becker (Sovoso, The Sunshine Garcia Band).

Rdio announced that they have converted their entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps.

Rdio also announced their partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of the Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, Rdio has released an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA.

On hand from TELEFUNKEN were director of operations Alan Venitosh, design engineer Ryan Loftus, and artist liaison Jason Scheuner.  TELEFUNKEN microphones owned by Weir include two ELA M 251s, two C-12s, three ELA M 260s, two AK-47 MkIIs, eight M80s, six M81s, and a vintage AKG C-24 restored by TELEFUNKEN. The entire performance was recorded exclusively with TELEFUNKEN microphones.

Highlights of the TRI Studio sessions included the use of the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 260 TRI-MONO system, a 3-channel Decca Tree-type microphone array developed in tandem with TRI Studio engineers and designed for recording room and ambient environments.  TRI Studios employs the Meyer Constellation System, which combines a patented algorithm, digital processing, and miniature transducer technology with acoustical research to provide sonic flexibility not normally attainable without movable walls or orchestra shells.  TELEFUNKEN’S TRI-MONO system proved to be the ideal tool for recording the unique sonic capabilities of TRI Studios.

Jason Scheuner, TELEFUNKEN’s artist liaison, has worked for several years with the team at the studio.  “This was a one of a kind event,” he remarked.  “The musicians were all exceptional, the studio and their audio/video engineering team are unmatched, and it proved to be the perfect situation to push our TELEFUNKEN mics to the limits — the results were incredible.”

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