8 Ensembles in 1 Bit (2015)

Rijpstra, Ternheim, Tavares, Newman, Herman, Fretz, Ravel, Varttina, Kern, Pingariho, Van der Holst

Odd Pearls, Kobra Ensemble, Breno Viricimo Group, New Amsterdam Voices, Thomas and Eva, De Gebroeders Harteveld and Fretz, Vercammen and Roinishvilli, The Pipays

 DSD 512 Exclusive

Producers and Engineers Jared Sacks and Daan van Aalst have pooled their extensive expertise in music production and recording in DSD audio. Their goal is to put together the best system for recording and reproducing music at the highest quality with recordings in the DSD 256 (quad rate DSD) format.

Music in DSD 256, DSD 128 and DSD 64
The music on 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit is being provided in both Stereo and Multichannel sound in the recorded resolution DSD 256 (quad rate DSD). For listeners with DSD 256 systems you will enjoy hearing the music exactly as it was recorded.

We know that many listeners do not own DSD 256 converters and players today. Tom Caulfield, the Mastering Engineer at Native DSD used specially developed software from Jussi Laako (the maker of the Signalyst HQ Player software player) for the conversion from DSD 256 to DSD 128 and DSD 64.

Adding Metadata and Uploading the Files for You
Once the three sets of Stereo and Multichannel DSD files were completed, the tracks were then converted from the DFF to the DSF file format. This enables Native DSD to add metadata to the recorded tracks. Finally the DSF tracks, cover art and album booklet in Acrobat PDF format are uploaded to our server where they can be purchased and downloaded for your musical enjoyment.

We hope this brief overview provides some insight into how we recorded the music on the new 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit album. There is more information in the booklet. We think you will really love what we heard in the recording studio – and you are about to hear at home. 

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Kobra Ensemble

The Kobra ensemble is composed of Ingrid Doude van Troostwijk, Sterre Konijn, Lea Klarenbeek, Lonneke Kegels, Pitou Nicolaes and Saskia Voorbach. Since their founding in 2010 they have developed a style of their own, characterised by an all-round musicality and a lively stage performance. With a mix of early and contemporary classical music, folk music, and close harmony, a mix of humor and dead-serious beauty, Kobra blows the cobwebs off the chamber music.

The singers met each other in the Dutch National Children’s and Youth Choir. With their foundations  in classical music, they share a huge musical curiosity. This is audible in the various musical and singing styles  that come across during their performances. Kobra searches constantly for new audiences by choosing various stages, events and festivals. Then again they are also no stranger to the major Dutch stages like Het Concertgebouw, the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and De Doelen. Besides that, the ensemble has performed several times in programmes like Vrije Geluiden and NTR Podium on Television.

Kobra engages wholeheartedly in cooperation with other forms of art; the singers have worked with various costume designers, artists, video performers, instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. They also experiment with theatre in their live performances. They continue to surprise audiences and themselves alike.

Breno Viricimo Group

BRENO VIRÍCIMO GROUP Breno Virícimo (1988) is a bassist, guitarist and composer Born in the southern region of Brazil (Santa Catarina), he started learning Brazilian songs on guitar at the age of 12. After two years he joined his father’s band playing the bass guitar. After working as a musician for three years in São Paulo, he moved to Europe to study at the Music Conservatory ,of Amsterdam (2009-2015). During his studies he was invited to work as Head of the Bass .Department at the True School of Music in India In 2015, Breno moved back to The Netherlands to continue his career as a performer. His main influences are brazilian music, jazz and pop .music At the moment Breno is working with the singer songwriter Michael Prins (on bassguitar), YesSister JazzSister (on double bass), ReSamba (acoustic guitar) and with his own band.

Thomas and Eva

The duo Thomas & Eva consists of young talented musicians from Amsterdam. Jazz singer Eva Scholten (1986) completed her studies at the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2010 and is active in a vocal-harmony group called .YesSister, JazzSister Thomas Baggerman (1988) is a self-taught gypsy jazz guitar player who started out playing with his own trio in that same year. Crossing paths in 2012 with the formation of their quartet called Eva sur Seine, their musical connection was evident from the first note. A musical love at first sight that only rarely happens.


The Pipays

Husband and wife duo The Pipays consists of Floor van der Holst-Murray (vocals) and David Jay Murray (double bass). They started working together in Sydney, Australia but made the big jump to The Netherlands early 2014. They specialize in funk and blues driven jazz, encompassing standards and original compositions. Add a piano, live vocal processing and a bit of hand percussion and this duo becomes a funkafied two-person band with a nod towards reggae and hip-hop. In their other lives David is a classical double bass player and Floor is the Label Manager at Channel Classics Records and the Marketing Director at Native DSD.

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8 Ensembles in 1 Bit (2015)

Rijpstra, Ternheim, Tavares, Newman, Herman, Fretz, Ravel, Varttina, Kern, Pingariho, Van der Holst

Odd Pearls, Kobra Ensemble, Breno Viricimo Group, New Amsterdam Voices, Thomas and Eva, De Gebroeders Harteveld and Fretz, Vercammen and Roinishvilli, The Pipays

    Hifi Pig

8 Ensembles in 1 Bit Stereo is sonically wonderful it has to be said… and anyone who is out there and saying that DSD is a bit of a fad needs to get themselves in front of a good set up capable of paying them properly and realise that this is a different level of definition. Musically you’ve got a smattering of classical, a smidge of jazz, some acapella (Randy Newman’s Short People arranged by Maartje Meijer and performed by New Amsterdam Voices is really great) and everything has a distinct Dutch feel…it would, the musicians and singers are Dutch, but don’t let that get in the way of buying this, it really is a fab’ record and sounds great! Highlight for me is Barcelona which sounds very live, and that’s the feel I got from the whole of this album…it sounds live, which seems to me a distinctive trait of DSD downloads… I think I may well be addicted to this format!

Stuart Smith Hifi Pig[read full review]

    "Fantastic Atmosphere in my headphones!"

"Fantastic Atmosphere in my headphones!"

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    Puget Sound Studios

Listening to 8 Ensembles in 1 Bit from Native DSD Music in DSD256fs. Thank-you, Floor, Jared & Gang! Sounds amazing!!

Bruce Brown

    Positive Feedback

Excellent variety, and a fine way to showcase Jared’s remarkable art as a producer and audio engineer. I used the Merging Technologies NADAC to do the listening…the results are exceptional. This is a brilliant set of recordings.

David W. Robinson


This is how the most amazing quality DSD gets done, if you ever wondered..

Lukasz Fikus

8 Ensembles in 1 Bit (2015)

Rijpstra, Ternheim, Tavares, Newman, Herman, Fretz, Ravel, Varttina, Kern, Pingariho, Van der Holst

Odd Pearls, Kobra Ensemble, Breno Viricimo Group, New Amsterdam Voices, Thomas and Eva, De Gebroeders Harteveld and Fretz, Vercammen and Roinishvilli, The Pipays

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Horus 256fs
Mastering Engineer: Daan van Aalst
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis (custom made)
Producer: Jared Sacks, Daan van Aalst, Jonas Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks, Daan van Aalst
Recording location: MCO Hilversum, Holland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256
Speakers: Grimm LS1

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Empty Space, Sans Parole
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Summer Rain
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Quinteto Para Instrumentos de Sopro - I. Allegro
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Short People
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Early Autumn
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Sonata for violin and cello - I. Allegro
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Emoni Ennen
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Old Man River
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Sonata for violin and cello - II. Tres vif
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Samba de Rei
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Van der Holst
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