By Clive Young.
Remember going to a concert in the old days? If you wanted to hear the show again, you either had to sneak in a tape recorder somehow or pay an arm and a leg through the nose for a bootleg, purchased at the back of your local used record emporium (not that the law-abiding citizens at Pro Sound News even dreamt of doing such things, of course). Either way, the sound was guaranteed to be terrible, a mere shell of the music originally heard that night.
These days, of course, as technology has improved and the music business has declined, bands have taken to offering well-recorded, instant “official bootlegs” that fans can purchase from the merch booth on the way out of the venue. Just as there’s a variety of delivery methods, so are there forms of these boots, from fresh-burned CDs (Pearl Jam) to downloadable shows (Metallica) to instantly filled USB sticks.
Lots of bands are doing the USB stick shtick, and you can count Kiss among their ranks. The band sold instant bootlegs of its 2010 European tour for £20 a pop, and here’s two short documentaries about what went into recording the shows nightly. The first explains the gear used and signal path, while the second explores the fringe benefits of being on the Kiss crew. See if you can spot the blooper in the first video when they talk about the DiGiCo D5 console!
Seen a show recently and picked up an instant bootleg? What did you think of the experience? The choice of format? How did it sound? Was it worth the money? How did it compare to the bootlegs of yore? Share your thoughts below!