Issey, How would you define your profession?
I am in the sound and mastering business in general. Recently with the Stone Age project I’ve been focusing more on events and releasing music.
What role does listening to music play in your life?
Since my job is to “deliver good sound,” thus good listening experience is a reflection of my work. So I’m always striving for “good sound”, “good music” and “good music experience”.
"I recommend Audirvana to anyone who is obsessed with sound."
How much attention do you pay to sound quality?
It’s very important to me that I listen to music with good sound quality. The better the sound quality, the more clues I have about what elements are in the song and how the mixing/mastering process is done, for example when analyzing a song that I like. Also, I simply get extremely excited when I hear a song I love with good sound.
How long have you been using Audirvana? What did you think when you discovered it?
I’ve been using Audirvana for about two years. Before that I was using another pay-per-player, but immediately I was surprised by the difference in resolution. I can now hear sounds that I obviously hadn’t before, and it’s been very useful in music production and work at the music scene. Listening to music has become more fun than ever before!
How do you rate listening from your computer with Audirvana compared with other equipment?
I don’t know much about the world of pure audio because I usually listen to music using my computer. Of course, I know that using a million dollar CD player can produce ridiculously good sound, but even with a “PC + Audirvana” you can have a fairly high quality music experience. There’s no end to the amount of attention that can be paid to dedicated audio equipment, and I’m someone who would rather spend money on synthesizers and mixing equipment than audio equipment, so if you’re looking for good sound quality on a limited budget, I think Audirvana is a great choice.
Do you talk to people about it?
I recommend Audirvana to anyone who is obsessed with sound. If you want to change speakers and audio interfaces, you’ll spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, but if you quit iTunes and switch to Audirvana, it’s easy to improve the sound. I’ve tried various audio players for my computer, but Audirvana is my favorite.
What are your passions outside of music?
I’m interested in reading, health care and alcoholic drinks tasting. How can I make better music or get more ideas? I’m always thinking about ways to maximize human potential through reading and taking care of my health with nutritional supplements, meditation, sauna, running, etc..
But I also love beer and sake, and I’m always on the lookout for a good one to drink at various places. It makes me feel good about listening to music and having fun if I drink in moderation.