Exceptional Acoustic Recordings

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About E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment)

About E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment)

Before Blue Coast Records was founded, Cookie Marenco joined with French engineer, Jean Claude Reynaud, to raise the standards in audio recording for the next generation of audiophiles.  These two engineers shared a common vision to couple exciting live performances with excellent sound experiences.  

In Dec 2002, Marenco and Reynaud entered the studio with a group of hand chosen musicians to experiement with new recording techniques.  During these sessions, extensive experimentation was done, including comparison tests using analog tape, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) and high sampling rate PCM Digital.

Part of the E.S.E. technique includes recording to DSD or analog tape while musicians perform live in the studio without the use of headphones or overdubs. The music is mixed to DSD or 1/2" tape.  The music never enters a PCM digital state, which Marenco feels compromises the sound.  Hand-made cables, modified preamps and carefully chosen microphones are also part of the recording requirements.  Most important, the musicians are in the same room, positioning themselves to hear each other without headphones.  This requires musicians of the highest caliber.  No corrections or vocal fixing overdubs are allowed.  Attention to eliminating phase, blending the room and direct mics and creating balanced dynamics bring stunning results that places the listener in an audio hologram of the music. 

The results of those tests became the proprietary recording technique now called E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment).  The performances from those first sessions became the Blue Coast Collection 1, an album that set a new standard of acoustic recording excellence.   Now, as Blue Coast Records, Marenco regularly assembles world-class performers, to perform at her recording facility using the E.S.E. technique.  Blue Coast Records has released more than 30 full length recordings using the E.S.E. technique.  Many indie labels have sought her out to recording using E.S.E.

We would like to thank all of those people who supported our early efforts to bring higher quality music to the mainstream.  

These are a few people who helped us along the way.
Adam Lundeen, Back Office Music, Alice Marenco, Amery Calvelli, publicity, Ann Blonston, Airshow Mastering, Anne Vrolyk, Vrolyk and Company, Bill McNally, Burnside Distributor, Bo Carper, New Monsoon, Cookie Marenco, OTR Studios, David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Dick Mithune, The Site, Dominick Maita, Airshow Mastering, Garett Brennan, Three Pin, Gary Chen, Cybersmith, Gay Timmons, Gerry Kearby, SPL Development, Gregory J. Swendsen, Gus Skinnas, Sony of America, Holly Shin, Jean Claude Reynaud, Jean Marie Reynaud, speakers, John La Grou, Millennia Media, John Stiernberg Consultants, Justin Young, Karyn DiCastri, Kim Baker, Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound, Lisa Lepine Promotions, Lori Hehr publicity, Marc Haggard, Marin Community Foundation, Mark Boddeker, Mike Newman, Mitchell Design, Ned Hearn, Patty Page, Piers Lawrence, Rick Clark, Scott Thompson, Sebastien and Simone Raoux, Stephen Jarvis Rentals, Susan Carskadon, Tony Rodrigues, Trinity Stanavage, Will Marenco.