Friday, September 16, 2011

August 16, 2011 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL Sources Review

Phish continued their three night stand in Chicago with another scorching show.  Like the previous night, this show demands repeated listening.  There are some excellent highlights and I love the bustout of Let it Loose, which is one of my alltime favorite Stones' ballads.  There are four sources available for this evening.  I want to thank the tapers for getting those recordings out to the community.  Their efforts are much appreciated.  Thanks a lot fellas!


Source 1 (hereafter KM84 source)
Source: (2) Neumann km84i  > Sound Devices 722 (24/96, 40 Hz rolloff @ 12 dB/oct.)
Location: DINish, OTS 1' LOC, ~ 12' high
Transfer: 722 HDD > Audiogate (+4 dB, fades, tracking, dither/re-sample to 16/44.1) > xACT (flac 8 w/ SBA & tags)

16 bit source
24 bit source


Source 2 (hereafter Busman source)
Source: Busman BSC2-K1 > Naiant Littlebox > Edirol R-09HR (24-Bit/96kHz)
Location: DIN Configuration, OTS/DFC, 10' High
Transfer: SDHC Card > Audacity > .wav (16-Bit/44.1kHz) > CD Wave Editor > .flac (Level 8)

16 bit source

Source 3 (hereafter MK41 source)
Source:Schoeps MK41(dina)> Kcy >Sonosax SX-M2/LS2> R44(ocm)24/96
Location:OTS Stand 8ft
Transfer:SDHC>Audacity 16/44>Amadeus Pro>xACT

16 bit source

Source 4 (hereafter CCM4 source)
Source:Schoeps CCM4(din)Vms52ub>R44(ocm)24/96
Location:OTS Stand 8ft
Transfer:SDHC>Audacity 16/44>Amadeus Pro>xACT

16 bit source


Phish - 8/16/11 "You Enjoy Myself" from Phish on Vimeo.

Like the night before, the KM84 source is the best sounding of the night.  The bass is tight and distinct as well as being full enough to kick the sub.  The dynamic range of the recording is excellent with nice and crisp highs as well as full mids.  Overall the recording just sounds quite transparent.

The Busman source has better bass than the previous evening, but when you compare it head to head with the KM84 source, it just doesn't have the umph on the low-end.  As usual with the Busman's however, the highs are quite nice.

The MK41 source is a bit boomy and at the same time, doesn't kick the sub like the KM84 source.  However, the bass is clearer and more up front than the CCM4 source making this the second best source of the evening.

The CCM4 source is a bit muddy sounding down low and lacks the dynamic range of the KM84 source.  Further, the bass is somewhat lost in the mix.

Happy listening!

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