Saturday, December 19, 2009

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - An Enchanted Christmas Night (2009)

Well, despite a taping glitch, I managed to pull something together... Just in time for Christmas!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
An Enchanted Christmas Night
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
December 9, 2009 @ 4pm (Early Show)
Section 113, Row L, Seat 1

Sony MZ-R900 MD
AT-933 Mics (Cardioid Elements)
Sound Professionals SP-SPSB-1 Battery Box

Sound Studio 3 on a MacBook
FLAC Conversion with Max 0.91

Special Thanks To:
Forest Hall (photo of Robert Kinkel on cover insert)

CD 1:
1. Night Enchanted 3:57
2. March of the Kings 2:00
3. Prologue 4:06
4. An Angel Came Down 4:50
5. O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night 4:25
6. The Prince of Peace 6:05
7. First Snow 4:38
8. A Russian's Christmas 6:02
9. Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 6:20
10. Good King Joy 8:10
11. Ornament 6:22
12. Old City Bar 11:29
13. This Christmas Day 6:32

Total Time: 1:14:47

CD 2:
1. An Angel Returned 4:27
2. Epilogue 2:38
3. Band Introductions 5:10
4. Toccata 5:23
5. The Mountain 5:42
6. Believe 7:13
7. Queen of the Winter Night 3:24
8. Moonlight and Madness 5:26
9. Siberian Sleigh Ride 3:18
10. Drum Solo 2:38
11. Wizards In Winter 3:26
12. Mozart / Figaro 3:37
13. Christmas Canon Rock 5:02
14. Nutrocker 2:46
15. Carmina Burana 3:11
16. Requiem (The Fifth) 5:33
17. Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 (Reprise) 3:18

Total Time: 1:12:07

When I taped this show, monkeys got into the works and I only walked away with a mono recording. Now, I'm far from an audio pro, so most of what I've done with the recording is just me winging it until it sounds good to me. I basically copied the single track, added some delay and stereo reverb to help bring the recording to life. I also tweaked the EQ some, and then compressed it a little to bring the overall levels up some. It's far from a studio recording, but to me, it's an enjoyable listen and a nice momento of the show.

There are some flaws... to me apparent in First Snow and Toccata, where the audio fades in and out. This is most likely due to the fact I had the mics in a hat over each ear - and me turning my head to follow action around the stadium. It is what it is.

For those purists out there who would rather a recording remain pristine, with no effects, I will make the mono source available as well. If you want to play with it and think you've come up with a better mastering, I'd love to hear about it and get a copy.

PS: To whoever was responsible for the mix at the Verizon Center - top quality!!! I salute you... The sound was phenomenal for an arena!

147 min

MP3 Version - 320kbps

FLAC Version - 44k/24b:

Master (Mono) - FLAC format - 44k/24b
After listening to the recording, please come back and rate it as to the quality of the recording. The grades listed above are my personal opinion only.

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