mightyfew – Live at The Greenroom 30.4.2004

I finally got around to uploading this live album that I produced, from a live recording from a reunion show (of sorts) that mightyfew did at The Greenroom, in Phillip back in April 2004. They had not played a gig for a while, as they were in their transition period with band members living in Sydney and Canberra, trying to write and record an album/EP, as well as grappling with a slight change in style and direction.

For the life of me, I cant remember how I recorded this, but I think it was using a portable Mini Disc Recorder (!), straight from an auxiliary send from the desk. This means that I had a preset mix for the recording, not knowing what it sounded like unless I listened on some headphones. As a result, the vocals for the first 3 songs are too low in the mix, as I totally forgot to check the recording monitoring until about 3 songs in, as I spent most of the first song tweaking the live sound in the room, and forgot to check the recording until about 3 songs in. There are plenty of other issues that represent my poor live mixing skills at the time, including (but not limited to): Poor compression on bass, excessively hard noise gating, poor vocal levels etc. However, in my defense, it sounded very good in the room, and it was recorded live to 2 track stereo, with only some brief monitoring midway through the 3rd song, with the only change I made being to increase the vocal level. So, all in all, not too bad.

I did some post production, which mainly consisted of digitising the recording on to a PC, dividing the recording into separate files for each song, and some very basic EQ and compression to clean up the bottom end, and remove some of the bigger transients from things such as snare hits and cymbals crashes.

I then went to some effort to burn some discs, as well as printing some disc labels, and creating some basic jewel case artwork. I made about 10 copies that I gave to the band members, as well as to a few other friends and die hard fans. I had a copy for myself, but foolishly gave it away to someone who spotted it in my collection. I thought I still had a copy, but later noticed that I did not, and realised I had not kept one for myself. A few years ago, when moving into my own apartment, I found the original audio files, and also a burnt copy of the CD. To make sure that I never lost it again, I have now uploaded it to YouTube, to ensure I can always listen to it in the future.


About Boonga

What can I say? Born with the gift of the gab, and I don't believe in luck. You make your own luck in this world, so I just try and remain present, and live in the now.
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