Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The value of libraries

The value of a music library can easily be measured with only two metrics: its quality content and easy access. If you have 1,000 treasured record albums but cannot figure out where any of the best titles are located it has a lot less value than an organized version.

As we work on our upcoming music server, Octave, one of the keys to its success will be its metadata and what we do with it. A massive stored and streaming music library approaching 1 million tracks isn’t of interest if you cannot easily and joyfully find and play what you’re looking for.

Equally important is how that media sounds. Even the best maintained library isn’t of much value if its content isn’t what you’re interested in or the playback isn’t as good or better than what’s on your discs or vinyl LPs.

Ultimately the value of a library is the same as what attracts us to a great restaurant: easy access to the best there is.

We’re getting closer by the day to launching Octave but don’t hold your breath. While we’re still on for 2019 I predict the days will need to get a lot warmer before she peeks her gorgeous head out into the world.

Can’t wait.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Mood changes standards

When I am hungry I order more food than I should.

When a track of music floats my boat I often want to turn up the volume level—and when it sinks my ship the level goes down.

Our moods dictate our actions because we’re emotionally based creatures (whether we want to admit to it or not).

As an engineer at heart, I often have delusions about my logical Spock-like approach to decision making, yet for the most part, I can see right through that. I choose my listening material more on mood than a genuine desire for enlightenment when it’s time to voice a new product. I rely more on feelings than intellect when it comes to purchasing decisions—this color or that feature are really based more on gut than brain.

But that’s alright. Just look at what we have for our passion. Music.

I can’t think of a more emotionally based medium than music. Even art requires a certain level of buy-in when it comes to connection. Not so with music.

Music responds to mood and mood often results from our connections to music.

 

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