About Our Products...
The Soundsmith offers several levels of product. To distinguish between them:
These are the highest quality product, from legitimate CD pressing facilities. They are fully guaranteed for quality of reproduction. Every effort is made to bring you nothing but the finest musical experience.
Duplicated CDs from original masters
These are hand-duplicated as needed onto quality brand-name media. The original masters may be from ADAT, DAT or multi-track analog tape, and the quality is as high as the original master allows. Again, the media are guaranteed - if the CD does not play properly upon receipt, we will replace it at no charge.
Duplicated DVDs from original masters
These are edited by The Soundsmith and hand-duplicated as needed onto quality brand-name media. The original master files that are composited and edited into these DVDs come from a variety of video and audio sources, and the quality is as high as the original masters allow. Once again, the media are guaranteed - if the DVD does not play properly upon receipt, we will replace it at no charge.
Duplicated CDs from cassettes or live recordings from
Some music was originally recorded onto relatively low-end media, such as audio cassette, which may be distorted or of low fidelity. These CDs are identified at the purchase page, so there is no question of getting a poor-sounding product without advance notice.
Some of our customers just like the music so well they are willing to put up with the distortion. Listen closely to the tracks, what you purchase will sound just like that.
Then, there are the mud tracks!
There are several tracks on the site that are not offered for sale, the quality is simply too poor. If you really would like a copy, send me an email and I'll point you to the link where you can just download them, no charge. Not responsible for eardrums damaged by listening to the terrible recording quality!
All Soundsmith products are guaranteed as to the quality of the media only. Product received in damaged condition will be replaced, at the sole discretion of the vendor, with a new copy of the same product. Under no circumstances will replacement be made with a product other than that specified in the original order.
Listen carefully to the music demos. These are MP3 (reasonably high fidelity) excerpts from the actual product, so you can audition the music in advance. CDs are recorded digitally for high-quality sound, and mixed and mastered carefully to maximize your listening experience. We are proud of our products, and want you to enjoy them! CDs may be duplicated (CD-R) or replicated (pressed) media. The Dino and David - Crossfire and other Dino and David CDs are replicated in the USA. The other CD products we offer are duplicated and checked by hand.
iOS Device Purchases
iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads) can download individual tunes, videos and/or PDF files without complication. Album downloads are packaged as .ZIP files, and must be saved to a computer. iOS devices have no way to handle these files. Save the ZIP file to your computer, and import into iTunes.
The shipping costs of CDs, DVDs and musical scores is now included in the price of the item. As a result, you may wish to contact us directly if ordering in quantity greater than two.
Terms and Conditions of Use
By accessing this site (the "Site") you are agreeing to the terms and policies that appear below. Your acceptance of these terms and conditions, is invoked on the date on which you first use this site. David Kempton and The Soundsmith are referred as the "Owner," and any content including but not limited to img, graphics, newsletters (electronic or otherwise), and editorial is hereafter referred to as the "Content."
Use of Content:
Content on the Site may be retrieved and displayed on a computer screen or mobile device, and text and/or graphical content may be downloaded and printed on paper (but not photocopied) for personal, non-commercial use. Audio and video content may be displayed on a computer screen or mobile device, but you are explicitly forbidden from downloading and storing any audio or video files on this site without purchasing through the Soundsmith Online Shop. You may not reproduce, modify or in any way commercially exploit any of the Content. Unless awarded written permission from the Owner, you may not do any of the following:
- Redistribute any Content
- Remove the copyright or trade mark notice from any copies of Content made under these Terms;
- Systematically download or store any of the Content in an electronic or written form database;
- Copy, download, store in any medium (including any other web site), distribute, transmit, modify or show in public any part of the Owners Site.
Requests to republish or redistribute content via a commercial license arrangement should be addressed to the address below.
All graphics, proprietary img, written or electronic editorial and/or newsletters, and newsletters featured on this site are the property of the Owner. All graphics and img are protected under the U.S. and international copyright laws and treaties. The use of any img or other materials included herein, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to reproduction for resale, storage, manipulation, digital or otherwise, is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the Owner. If you have any questions, please contact us at the address below.
Limitations of Liability:
All warranties, expressed or otherwise from the published materials of this site is disclaimed by the Owner except for items purchased via the Soundsmith Online Shop. Neither the Owner nor the original providers of the material accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss of business, revenues or profits or special damages arising from the publication or linking to the material on the Owner's site. The Owner makes no warranty that the site is free from infection by viruses or anything else that has contaminating or destructive properties (but we do warrant that any such occurance is not our doing.
The Soundsmith does not capture data from visitors to the site except traffic and page counts. IP info is not retained. No personal information is received by us unless you sign up for our mailing list or retail store. We do not share or resell this list, your private information is safe here. Credit card transactions go through third-party providers, we do not ever see your credit card information.
In offering links to other sites, David Kempton and The Soundsmith are in no way indicating any form of approval or endorsement of their products or services. Nor do we necessarily endorse or are liable for the accuracy of the content of any site link. The Owner disclaim all liability for any legal or other consequences (including infringement of third party rights) of links made to the Site.
Link Color Codes:
This site uses distinct and non-standard color coding for all links. The default color for a link is usually cyan (bright blue), on this site it is orange. Color coding and usage is consistent across the site.
At the bottom left of each page is the Legend, with examples of the most common codes.
DashRadio is a small independent window that you can leave open while you navigate this (or any other) site. Almost the entire Soundsmith library is incorporated, including all full-length Life Cycle and Crossfire tracks. Tracks are randomly selected, and the music spans many years and recording qualities, from fully mastered mainstream release to crude rehearsal cassette recordings.
Clicking on the DashRadio selection in the menu bar will launch the player. If it is already active, it will select a new tune with each click of the NEW button. Volume can be modified with the volume slider. To purchase a song or an album, click BUY. Songs that are Not Available or Not Ready to sell are marked in the player's window, these are not for sale at this time. Again, songs download to iOS devices as desired; it is recommended that you use your computer to download entire albums.
At this time, it is highly recommended that you close the player before listening to a song from the active page, else you will have two pieces playing simultaneously. We're working to fix this
About the Videos
All the videos on this site have been created from footage of the events recorded along with relevant photos. In some cases, the videos are a simple linear recordings of the event, in others, recreated from many independent sources. Sony Vegas was used as video editor, and my special thanks to Ken Burns for the inpiration for the project, without the pan-and-zoom techniques he popularized, the videos would be much more boring...
There are too many contributors to name individually, but my thanks to all of you who contributed photos and video clips.