For the production of the first music UHD Blu-ray worldwide, the “Innovation Award 2016” has now been bestowed upon in-akustik, the independent record label from Markgräflerland, by the “video” trade magazine: “On A Mission – Live in Madrid” by Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock offers the first 4K video and 3-D sound in Dolby Atmos, playable on a compatible 4K Blu-ray player.
For subsequent publication, alongside the double CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc with Dolby Atmos sound as well as a deluxe edition combining CD and Blu-ray, this format, which confronts authoring studios and pressing plants with new challenges, is to be included this time: The 4K UHD Blu-ray with 3-D sound in Dolby Atmos – and four times higher resolution than full HD. “A mammoth work and especially a very courageous prestige project”, is the praise that “video” Editor-in-Chief Andreas Stumptner bestows on all parties involved for the performance. “Finally, the decision was made by in-akustik in Ballrechten-Dottingen at a time when it was still in no way clear when the first discs and players for the new 4K format would be launched on the market in Europe.”
For the HD and 4K versions of the concert recording, the Dolby Atmos 3D-Sound was first mixed at msm-Studios in Munich. Then Sonopress from Gütersloh, a certified specialist for the production of ultra HD Blu-rays, took over the pressing of the innovative disks. Sales Director Ralf Combrink emphasised: “We are delighted to offer support to our long-standing customer in-akustik with this major project, namely the production of the first music publication in the 4K format.”
“On A Mission – Live in Madrid” was the first concert ever recorded in ultra-high definition. The “video” magazine had reported about it in issue 05/2016, and their readers now chose to honour the Ultra HD Blu-ray music disc, which was produced and had its world premiere in Germany, with the coveted Innovation Award.
The Scorpions rock legend Schenker, also solo guitarist of the English hard-rock band UFO and awarded with many international music prizes, has been under contract as an artist and composer with in-akustik since 2008. The independent record label from southern Baden is one of the most sought-after addresses in the music industry.
In the meantime, five studio albums and three live productions have been published by in-akustik; the “classical” formats of “On A Mission – Live in Madrid” came already out in April. At the end of July, you now can see and hear the concert on the eagerly-awaited ultra HD Blu-ray.
In “Temple of Rock” – the successor band of the “Michael Schenker Group” since 2012 – lead guitarist Schenker has again gathered excellent musicians to rock with him: Doogie White was once the singer of the British cult band Rainbow; bass player Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell are ex-Scorpions colleagues; and Wayne Findlay, a top-flight keyboards artist as well as guitarist, rounds out a very strong sound to the band – true harmonious perfection.