Blue Coast Music? Records? Studios? What's the difference?
The music industry is a complicated orchestra of products, services, relationships, agreements, copyrights, design and creativity. To the consumer who is the recipient of an audio experience there's little need to understand all the components involved making a recording. That audio experience can be had through streaming on their phone, playing on their turntable, watching a movie, eating at a restaurant or going to a concert to name a few. Each has it's own expertise required for the audio experience to reach their audience.
What is unusual at Blue Coast is that we cross between several disciplines to bring our music lovers a high resolution audio experience. Here's a brief explanation for our areas of expertise that allows us to bring our customers a carefully curated audio experience.
Blue Coast Studios records, mixes, masters and prepares music for high resolution audio delivery. Musicians and labels contract the studio to provide them an audio master for resale through streaming, downloads, vinyl, CD, SACD, etc.
Blue Coast Records is a record label. A record label owns the sound copyrights (the music), pays the musicians for their work (a royalty) and the studio for it's services. Typically, a label handles the graphics and getting the story of the music out to the public (marketing). Labels can distribute through multiple channels like iTunes, Spotify, sell SACDs or vinyl, license their music for soundtracks. Blue Coast Records has distinguished itself with a sound built around high fidelity recordings and capturing live performances of exceptional artists. Blue Coast Records records to DSD and tape without the use of headphones and overdubs. Cookie Marenco is the only engineer for the music sold through Blue Coast Records.
Blue Coast Music is a store and sells high resolution downloads to music lovers directly. Blue Coast Music does not own masters, it sells high resolution music to music fans worldwide. Blue Coast Records uses Blue Coast Music as one outlet for selling their music along with the San Francisco Symphony and Mack Avenue Records, to name a few. Not everything sold at Blue Coast Music was recorded to DSD or tape. Much of it was recorded on PCM at 9624 or 19224. Masters provided to Blue Coast Music are prepared for discerning audio listeners at Blue Coast Studios.