This was a fun show even though I do not like this venue. The venue was called Palladium Ballroom up until around 2014 when the name changed over to South Side Ballroom. On this night, my buddy, "whotapes", picked me up and we both went to the show with our recorders and microphones ready to have a great night. And we did.
The reason for the title I gave this show, Going To California (Via Dallas), was due to the fact that Evanescence only did three shows in the USA in 2015. After playing a Japan festival they decided to go ahead and play in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles before going back home. And being a huge Led Zeppelin fan, I was very happy to hear the band do the song "Going To California". Their third and last show (or the next one) was in California so the title only made sense (to me anyhow).
Zoom H4n with an external Sony ECM-MS907 Electret Condenser microphone > recorded in WAV (96/24) to a Sony 16 GB SD card > sent to techtuts for a light cleaning using iZotope RX4 > track returned to me > CD Wave Editor (to split tracks) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to down sample to 44/16 and encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you
Date: November 15th, 2015
Location: Dallas, Texas
Venue: South Side Ballroom
Title: Going To California (Via Dallas)
Label: Bootradr Master
Source: AUD (Master)
Artwork: Yes (created from show photos)
Size: 503 MB
101. Don't Look Back
102. Going Under
103. What You Want
104. The Other Side
106. My Heart Is Broken
107. Lost In Paradise
108. New Way To Bleed
109. The Change
110. Made Of Stone
201. Going To California (Led Zeppelin song)
202. My Immortal
204. Call Me When You're Sober
206. Bring Me To Life
207. ~crowd/encore track ~
208. Amy Lee (talking)
209. All That I'm Living For
210. Erase This
(1) 2015-11-15 Dallas, TX (Bootradr Master AUD)
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The opening band on this night was named Veridia. The sounded pretty good also. I used my Tascam DR-40 digital recorder and tested it on their performance. While I know the recorder and its condenser microphones do a great job, I'm glad I switched over to use my Zoom H4n with the external Sony microphone for the Evanescence performance. The venue is flat and it is a standing room only type of facility. So with a lot of people standing, pushing by you, etc as you record you really have to have a recorder's microphones above head level. This is a good idea anyhow, but in this type of environment, it is more of a necessity. The Tascam did not get what I had hoped for due to the crowd arrangement so once I used my Zoom recorder and Sony microphone I was able to easily hold the microphone above the crowd and not look like I was going to be tazing someone (the way these digital recorders look).
The waveform was perfect and I sent the audio to "techtuts" who did a light clean up. He said he just did a light EQ'ing and added a light reverb. I believe he may have done some spectral repair too because I'd asked if he could remove some of the more annoying crowd noise moments in the recording (almost always between songs). His work made a big difference in the audio and it definitely helped it sound better.
The crowd was a little noisy but the recording came out great considering what I was hearing behind and around me. I cannot remember if I used the Sony microphone's 90° or 120° setting though. I think in this case, one being in a smaller venue and not very far from the stage in the venue, I pretty sure I used the 120° setting. I normally don't use this setting unless I am closer to the stage and want to get a wider coverage in the recording from the speakers at a venue. The closer you get, the wider the pattern needs to be for a full range of sound. The down side is you can also get some crowd talk in the recording too. But the crowd noise is not bad even though there are a few annoying parts where people yelled out or were yapping about how great the band was or something else.
The band put on a spectacular show as they always do. The setlist contained songs from their past all the way up to their last, 2011, release of their self titled Evanescence CD. And I am pretty sure they added a new song of their own too. I don't know if it will be on an upcoming CD release or if it might have been some other band's song they did. But from the sound of it, I think it is their song? The song is titled "New Way To Bleed" and I haven't heard it before.
Well, before making this post I went ahead and looked up information on "New Way To Bleed" and it is an Evanescence song they made for the soundtrack to the movie The Avengers according to Wikipedia. This is still the first time I've heard it and hopefully someone else in Atlanta and/or Los Angeles recorded those shows and they'll surface someday soon. I'd be interested in knowing if this was a onetime only song or not.
Thankfully "whotapes" brought a small, easy to use camera to the show. I have been bringing my Canon camera to shows for years now but this venue was not one I wanted to be bringing a ton of gear into like I have in the past. The last time I saw Evanescence was at this same venue and I got kicked out and readmitted for filming the concert. They seem to be more tight on these things here and that's one reason I don't like the venue. But "whotapes" was able to get some good photos and he sent them to me to make some artwork. The artwork is nothing special but I still like including artwork when I record a show. So I tried t remember how Photoshop use to work and then put together something from "whotapes'" photos and one of my smartphone pictures (the front art) to make the upload complete.
This is the second source recording of this show. My friend "whotapes" uploaded his recording within a day or two of the concert.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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