Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 8, 2001 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY Sources Review

Phish continued their summer tour with a pretty darn fine show in the middle of an amusement park.  Always a fun time, Darien Lake has become something of a destination for many fans in the Northeast, and this show did not disappoint.  There are five sources available for this evening, some of which are excellent.  I want to thank all of the tapers for getting these sources in our hands.  Without their efforts, we wouldn't get to listen to Phish in the way we do.  Thanks again.

Source 1 (hereafter AT source)
Source: AT4041s> (Oade P-Mod) UA5> iRiver H300
Location: OTS (ROC, next to the SBD) @ ~11 ft.
Transfer: iRiver>PC (via USB)> FLAC (via foobar 2000)

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Source 2 (hereafter Busman source)
Source: Busman Bsc1 (Hypers)>HYDRA silver Shorty XLR's>Fostex FR-2LE(Busman T-mod) @24/96
Location: OTS Sec 203 Seat 15 10'
Transfer: CF Card>Wavelab 6.0(Resample and Dithering>CD Wave(tacking>TLH(flac 16 level 8)

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Source 3 (hereafter MBHO source)
Source: MBHO KA500HN >>> Hi Ho Silver Actives >>> MBHO MBP 603A >>> Darktrain Silver Interconnects >>>
Naiant LittleBox[Output Transformers] >>> Darktrain Silver Interconnects >>> Sony PCM-M10[24-Bit/44.1kHz]
Location: DINa/Sec 302,Row 15,Seat 1
Transfer: Sony PCM-M10 > WaveLab 6[Gain Added/UV22HR Dither] > CD Wave 1.98 > CKRename >
Traders Little Helper v.2.6.0[Encode To FLAC/Level 8/Align On Sector Boundaries]

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Source 4 (hereafter DPA source)
Source: DPA 4023>Sonosax SX-M2>Sound Devices 722 (24/96)
Location: DIN/LOC 12' stand just to the left of and behind the board on the aisle
Transfer: 722>Firewire>Macbook>
Sound Studio 3.6(fades, normalize peak, +gain, track)>
Wave Editor (iZotope Resampler/MBIT+ Dither)>
xACT 2.12(align on sector boundaries, encode, tag, fingerprint)>flac16 (level 8 )

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Source 5 (hereafter SKM140 source)
Source: Neumann SKM 140(AK40's/LC3's/KM100's)>GAKables xlr>Lunatec V2>GAKables xlr>Apogee Mini-Me@96/24>AES/EBU>Sound Devices 722 @96kHz/24bit
Location: sec 302, row 15, seat 1, 15-20 ft L.O.C DINa Kwonbar, Schoeps A20S shock, WindTech clamp(ed) to stand @ 8 ft, DPA UA0896 screens
Transfer: Sound Devices 722 master file @96kHz/24bit>firewire>CoolEditPro 2.1>Sound Forge 9.0e>44.1/16-CD Wave v1.96.1(tracking)>FLAC16 via FLAC frontend 1.7.1(level 8), tag w/Tag Scanner5.0, ffp 1.7.1

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Phish - 6/8/11 "What's The Use > Theme From The Bottom" from Phish on Vimeo.

The AT source sounds quite good, with nice bass presence, however the bass lacks definition at the lowest levels and results in a boomy effect, particularly when Mike heads down to the lower registers.

The Busman source is, as usual, remarkably bright, but completely lacking in any bass response.  The result is quite thin sounding.

The MBHO source, like the Busman source, has excellent highs and is very bright, but just lacks the low punch that I need to really appreciate what all 4 members are doing.

The DPA source has been consistently good and this one is particularly excellent.  Some of the DPA sources have bordered on boominess, but this source skirts that line and is really great.  This is my pick for the evening.

The SKM140 source is quite good too, but it just lacks the dynamism of the DPA source.  The bass is quite good and doesn't overpower, but it just doesn't have the high-end punch that the DPA has this evening.

Happy listening!

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