14 Nov 2012, 18:03
So this one has a little story to tell. Most recently my 11 year old nephew discovered the phenomenon of cassette tapes. So I digged up my old cassette boxes in the basement and between like a ton of mix tapes I found an old concert tape from The Kelly Family, a show I attended. Actually I thought I had thrown it away years ago but it was the only tape I kept when selling my boxed collection 10 years ago.
In spring I purchased a HQ Denon tape deck to actually transfer U2 tapes from a friend. At the moment, I don’t have them. So I just threw the tape in and was surprised that the years of muddy basement storage obviously did not harm the tape at all. It sounded exactly like the last time I heard it, which might have been somewhat 12 years ago.
So I decided to transfer the tape and find out, what I might do with it. Actually, on taping Kelly Family shows, all taping rules you might think of, were broken. Fans took a crappy cheap walkman with a built in mono mic, hid it in their pocket and stopped/started each single song. So there you go with a mono signal, quite and noisy and – most annoying – a sold out venue full of screaming teenage girls.
I recorded both tape sides with Adobe Audition. From usage, they both sounded differently and so now the final result does as well. But overall I was able to pull out a listenable recording and I actually think that is amazing. I doubled the right channel to create a fake stereo, removed as much noise as possible without getting a too muddy sound, lowered the screaming and hi-hat frequencies and slightly enhanced the bass. Still there is hiss which you simply cannot remove without finally destroying the concert, but it’s now way better than the original tape. Unfortunately, the start/stop game cuts several songs in the beginning and/or end. One track is cut after half from flipping the tape. But actually the two songs sung by Jimmy, who always has been my fave member (he by the way is a huge U2 fan), sound very nice and I’m happy about it.
German translation and downloadlinks at: Blogpost