I know that there has been much discussion about overdubs on Rolling Stones live tracks etc. – but: Have the Stones ever released a real live recording, i.e. a song that has been recorded live and that has not re-worked, over-dubbed or re-mixed or otherwise altered?
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Doing a televised concert equals releasing, right? those are most likely not overdubbed. I favor the release-quality Glastonbury show to the Hyde Park concert, which feels kind of hollow due to heavy editing.
There are some tracks on the official live albums that haven't been overdubbed (and perhaps not even edited). Whether it was a 2 track mix or multi-track recording I don't know. But what DandelionPowderman said looks pretty good.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2015-04-26 00:36 by GasLightStreet.
A true live recording, imo, would be recorded from somewhere in the hall with a single or pair of stereo microphones. Many bootleg audience recordings are done this way, some are taken from the FOH stereo mix bus. Most all other "live" recordings released by most artists have some either addition mixing or post production work done.
When top acts like the Stones are recording a performance for live release these days they usually have huge separate multi-track recorders recording all the instruments, vocals, effects and audience noise. Then then take those and make a "live" performance" mix. They don't use the house mix because it is optimized for the venue acoustics and often not perfect for a playback environment.
I helped record an Elton John concert in 1997 and we had 2-48 track recorders and a separate 8 track recorder taking split signals from every source in order to catch it all so someone could go back and mix it later. 104 Tracks!
Quote GasLightStreet I don't mind the multi-tracking for live recordings, because sometimes a live mix can sound wonky. Or just bad. .
Agree. Lots of times when mixing bands with loud guitar amps in small or medium sized venues, the guitars are mixed low into the PA to get the right blend for the audience therefore a live recording from the board will sound bad because there isn't enough guitar.