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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 01:24 PM
I'm thinking about buying some instant live recordings and was wondering how they compare to audience recordings. I assume they are high quality sound board recordings or maybe a combination of sound board and audience? How do the instant lives rate?
 
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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 01:25 PM
They are very good, come right from the sound board
 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 01:26 PM
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They are very good, come right from the sound board


Thanks, I think I'll check them out.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 01:29 PM
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They are very good, come right from the sound board


Thanks, I think I'll check them out.

They are great. I find myself listening to instant lives much more than the studio recordings unless it's new material.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 01:34 PM
Do the instant lives separate the sound to give a stereo type quality?
 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 02:03 PM
There is definitely good stereo separation on the ABB Live shows.

I was just listening to the Bethel show earlier today, which is the first show I've heard fromt this year's run so far, and on a sound quality level I thought it was A+. Clear and pure...

The performance isn't too shabby either, especially considering that it was the first show after a layoff of nearly a year. Some VERY interesting stuff going on in Rocking Horse, and I'm really digging It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, as I knew I would!

 
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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 02:12 PM
Instant Lives for the most part are good SBD recording. One of the problems with some of the later Instant Lives is that they had Warren and Derek way to far up in the mix. Personally I like a mix that is more balanced and natural sounding. Now as far as the new company (MunckMix) that is doing the "live recording" for the ABB, I haven't a chance to hear any of their recordings. Perhaps someone else can compare the "Instant Live" recordings to the MuncKMix recordings from a sonic perpective and tell us which ones are better recordings.

Btw, the Instant Lives are good quality stereo recordings, and on a good stereo system render good imaging and soundstaging.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 02:14 PM
Not sure about the new ones, but I know the '05 Instant Lives even had the guitar parts and drum parts separated, so Warren is on the right side speakers, Derek on the left side speakers, which is cool, so you can tell who is playing what.
 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 02:40 PM
All the ones I have heard are really good...quality recordings.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 03:04 PM
Thanks for the info. It sounds like the instant lives are worth the 25 bucks, clear, stereo separation and particularly if they get the mixes right. My first will be the Red Rocks show. What a mind blower that was.
 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 03:14 PM
All the ones I have purchased over the years have been great. Oteil's bass is awesome on a few of them too. very nice sound

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 03:20 PM
I love every one that I have and the ones that I need to buy....

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 04:54 PM
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I've had some shows from 2003, 2004 and 2005 and on most of them except the 2003 ones Derek Trucks guitar seemed to be too low in the mix. I wonder if the situation has improved.



There are definitely some mixes that are better than others. I have a couple where Derek is low also and same with Otiel on some. In general though most are awesome. Even the ones with some mixing issues are still real good.

I found they did improve as time went on. Considering they are sold immediately after the show, I was suprised that there were not more issues.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 05:27 PM
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The remixes that HTN sells are much better than the ones at the shows.


Interesting, I didn't know that. Good info to have because I always buy at the shows I go to, now I'll wait.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2008 at 07:30 PM
The sound quality of the Instant Lives is excellant. Full stereo seperation, good balance. As good as most commercially released live albums, and better than many.

Much better than mono audience recordings.

(Thats not meant to be a slam on audience recordings. Most of the ones I have heard are very very listenable. Those audience tapers do a GREAT job.)


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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 12:26 AM
I always try to get an audience recording if possible (marco, you da man), & compare them to the ones sold. The '04 Rosemont audience that marco taped I think is a much more listenable & enjoyable show BUT I also have the IL's.

For ultimate listening pleasure AND phenomenal sets AND performances, you HAVE to get the Fox shows from '04 ---- 3 versions of 'Dreams' featuring Jack Pearson, Derek & Warren.

How much better can it get !!!!

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 08:14 AM
I downloaded the Hartford show and I've listened to it a few times, the sound and mix is great IMO. I would definately buy more of them.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 09:10 AM
The performances and recordings are just great. I noticed that the 2007 Recordings are much more clear, balanced mix and excellent frequency separation making for higher quality recordings. The 2007 recordings just sound better then the previous years.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 09:14 AM
Always excellent quality. I own two shows from 2003, three from 2007.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 09:44 AM
I have a bunch but always purchased them after the tour was over thinking that they get remastered. Am I correct? If not, I might as well go ahead and download the ones I want now.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 09:49 AM
I think very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 10:42 AM
I bought 40 Instant Live & Munckmusic live shows since 03 and I cannot really complain about the sound on any of the recordings that I have purchased.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 11:03 AM
Generally, they are are all pretty good.

I have shows from 2003, '04, '05, '06 and '07.
Of that, the final show from '04 sounds like a decent audience recording
compared to all the rest of them.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 11:05 AM
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Always excellent quality. I own two shows from 2003, three from 2007.


I think there's a big disparity between '03 and '07. To me, it's about like the gap between a 1st Gen and 5th Gen analog recording you'd get from your buddy back in the day....

 

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  posted on 9/3/2008 at 11:47 AM
for the most part they are very good.

I have noticed a few problems with some. THe '05 Pittsburg show (purchased at the show) had
Marc very low in the mix. almost unable to hear. Yet Oteil was clear, yet hard to hear in the
the house sound that night. (very muddly low end)

the Munchmix discs from later years have been much better IMO, and several shows that had problems
that were burned the night of the show were later replace with remastered discs at no charge to the customer.
And Hittin the Note stocks the remastered shows.

The effort is being made to do it right and I applaud them. The '07 Jazzfest show is one of the best live
shows I have heard both in terms of the sound and the performance.

 

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