Project R30: Las Vegas - Audio DVD
The Spirit of Radio
Roll The Bones
One Little Victory
Darn That Dragon Intro
Between The Wheels
Red Sector A
Heart Full Of Soul
La Villa Strangiato
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
(Audio - 9)
Recording:?Audience (DAT Master)
Source:??Audio Technica AT853 hyper-cardioid > AT8533 > Beyerdynamic MV-100 (48V phantom, +20dB) > Sony PCM-M1 (16bit/48kHz). Section Floor L, Row C, DFC!!
Transfer:?Sony PCM-R500 > Canare AES/EBU > S/PDIF > M-Audio DeltaDio 2496 > CDWave > CoolEditPro 1.2a > CDWave > FLAC
Given the disc space available on a DVD, it makes an ideal medium for listening to an entire concert without the need to change discs.
This was my first project of this type, and while not that difficult to put together, there was a little more work to it than I originally anticipated. For instance, I anticipated that I would simply place the audio on the disc, and have a still image in the background that would would appear on screen while the music played. The authoring software allows this and in fact includes a template for this type of thing. Unfortunately I learned that what the software anticipated was that it would be a music compilation of songs, and that indexing would be done at the start of each track. It did not allow for the placement of chapters within a single audio track. This would mean dividing up the audio into individual tracks, with pauses between each, which would be unacceptable. The only way that chapters could be inserted was within a video. This may be part of the DVD format, although I'm not sure. Thus, in order to have the audio play seemlessly, and yet have chapters, I needed video to accompany it. Since I would require video anyway, rather than stick with a static image of the set list, I created a video that shows the setlist, highlighting each song as it plays. The video had to be encoded at a low bit rate, in order to fit 3 hours of video and uncompressed audio on a single disc. Thus the video is encoded at only 1700 kb/s, but since its basically a still image with no movement, other than the track? changes, the picture quality is still decent.
There are interactive menues that allow you to select which set you wish to listen to, or to select individual songs. While listening to the concert, you will still see the setlist on the screen, along with the current song highlighted, but it is not intereactive. You can navigate to other songs using the next or previous buttons on your remote, or by using the numeric keypad to select a song by its track number. Set 2 begins automatically upon the completion of set 1 without the need of user input.
As far as the recording itself goes, it's another excellent recording by the Bumblebee. The mix is excellent, and the low end is very nice. A very enjoyable recording to listen to.
-Duley (AUGUST '04)
This release is a companion release to the standard audio version of "Project R30: Las Vegas".
The DVD format allows for the original 16bit/48kHz Linear PCM track without compression AND a seemless playback without disc breaks.
Much thanks to Duley Digital for his fine work with the menues and putting this little project together.
The following notes are from the .txt file of the standard audio release:
This release is dedicated to all the Hubbies (Rush DC Hubsters) who invaded Las Vegas to witness Rush's great performance on a hot and humid July evening.? Thanks (once again) to Charles C., Ledzepzoso and I gave up our much closer seats for Section L seats.? We were DEAD F'IN CENTER (DFC)!!!? If you drew an imaginary line from the SBD to Neil, the line would split mine and Ledzepzoso's seats.? I approximate that we were approximately 25' in FOB, almost dead center of the arena.? The mix was no doubt awesome from where we were sitting.? The bass was brutally punchy and the highs were detailed crisp.? This show was the first indoor show of the R30 Tour, and I decided to run the hyper-cardioids to reject some of the hall ambiance.? Geddy's vocals are not as defined as the Anitoch show in May, but his bass really comes through nicely.?? Lastly, there was a group of "backup singers" behind us chanting and singing. However, they're somewhat back in the mix.?
Mastering notes include:? slight mid-bass cut and high end boost, channel balancing and some basic cleanup.
Few amplitude adjustments were made and the entire show was normalized fully to 0dB.
Lastly, a sincere thanks to my taping bud, Ledzepzoso, who endured MANY roadtrips to way-too-many cities in our quest of that "perfect tape"!? Please do not convert to MP3 or other lossy formats and TRADE FREELY. (2004-08-14)