1982-12-14 Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands/Source 1

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Notes

A very good soundboard recording. This recording is created from three separate sources to yield the most complete, best sounding version possible at this time.

Listen

You can listen to this entire recording below.

Track list

  1. [7:23] Play My Secret Garden
  2. [4:02] Play New Life
  3. [2:41] Play Boys Say Go!
  4. [4:08] Play See You
  5. [4:24] Play Leave In Silence
  6. [3:13] Play The Meaning Of Love
  7. [3:41] Play Just Can't Get Enough
  8. [2:33] Play Interview
  • Total time: 32:04

Lineage

  • Source 1: FM radio broadcast -> unknown generation -> Maxell XLI-S 60 high position cassette -> Nakamichi Cassette Deck One with fresh belts & upgraded capstan motor, azimuth optimized, tape wound & rewound before transferring, deck cleaned before transferring this tape -> Monoprice heavy-duty RCA to 3.5mm cable -> ASUS Xonar DX sound card -> Adobe Audition CC 2014.1 (32-bit / 96 khz)
    • Source 1 is said to be an FM broadcast by the tape's original owner, and provided the core of the recording. This source has the best sound by far, but is missing tracks and the right channel has more noise than the left. I chose not to apply any noise reduction to avoid potentially damaging any audio in the process.
  • Source 2: TV broadcast -> unknown generation -> Maxell XLII 90 high position cassette -> Nakamichi Cassette Deck One with fresh belts & upgraded capstan motor, azimuth optimized, tape wound & rewound before transferring -> Monoprice heavy-duty RCA to 3.5mm cable -> ASUS Xonar DX sound card -> Adobe Audition CC 2014.1 (32-bit / 96 khz)
    • Source 2 is clearly sourced from a TV broadcast given the video pilot tone which I removed. It provided The Meaning Of Love and Just Can't Get Enough. This source sounds very good as well, not quite as clear as Source 1. This one has rather loud hiss in the left channel; again, I chose not to apply any noise reduction.
  • Source 3: PAL Pro-shot DVD -> LCPM 16-bit 48khz audio demuxed using DVD Audio Extractor 7.1.2 -> WAV (16/48) -> using Audacity 2.0.2: notch filter @ 15624 hz, 6.0 Q value, channels independently normalized to -1.0dB and DC offset removed
    • Source 3 is a PAL DVD of a 5-track + interview TV broadcast, and provided a patch for the ending of Boys Say Go! (which is faded out and talked over on source 1), the entirety of See You (not present on either of the other sources), and the beginning of Leave In Silence (which is badly cross-faded due to broadcast editing on Source 1, and which is missing the first few seconds on the beginning on Source 2). The interview at the end of the recording is also sourced from this DVD. This source has very loud hiss and is lacking in low-end, and I am not very happy using it to be honest - but my other sources including these tracks are even worse sounding, unfortunately. This DVD can be streamed & downloaded here: 1982-12-14 Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands/Source 2.
  • In Adobe Audition CC 2014.1: all sources speed corrected to match the officially released tracks from 1982-10-25 London found on CD singles, automatic phase correction (auto align channels, auto center panning, all settings set to most accurate possible), notch filter applied @ 15,400hz -50dB (very narrow, ultra quiet) on source 2 to remove video pilot tone, sources merged & crossfaded as necessary, manual click removal where required, fade out of concert recording, entire recording normalized to -0.1dB and any DC bias removed -> exported to WAV (32/96) -> tracks split using Audacity 2.0.6 -> WAV (32/96) -> FLAC 16-bit 44.1khz using FLAC 1.3.0 64-bit (level 8 compression) and foobar2000 v1.3.6 with its Resampler (SoX) component v0.8.3 (best quality)
  • Photos of cassette tapes and auCDtectTaskManager log included.

I have placed the tracks in the correct order based on a typical setlist from the A Broken Frame Tour. The interview from the beginning of the DVD has been placed at the end of the recording.

Many thanks to Fonzie (1LFonzie) for providing sources 1 & 2 and Robert (humanracer25) and Vince (discotraxxx) for assisting in having the tapes shipped to me along the way, and to whomever shared the 5 track PAL Pro-shot DVD of Utrecht on DIME, which provided source 3 for this rework.

Tapes transferred and sources reworked & mastered by DMLiveWiki on DIME December 13, 2014.

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