nyctaper introduction

May 11, 2007

nyctaper is the weblog and archival location for a New York live recordist.

This blog is the first of its kind on the web. An actual live recording engineer will discuss the live concerts he records, and offer free downloads of those recordings in “lossless” CD-quality formats. This is not a concert fan’s diary, this is a not a blogger downloading music from other sites and uploading mp3s. This is the real deal. nyctaper records the concerts, and posts the high quality recordings himself.

As this site develops over the next few weeks, all software tools will be linked, instructions for download, listening, archival and cd burning will be provided, and most importantly concert recordings will be posted within days and sometimes hours of the end of the show. Check back for coming attractions.

17 Responses to nyctaper introduction

  1. Samuel
    May 14, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Very nice idea.
    I’m looking forward your future posts.


  2. Dorf
    May 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Very very cool site man, i think this will be a huge benefit to the taping community. Thanks for your future contributions.


  3. Alejandro
    May 15, 2007 at 4:39 am

    Great Idea and Very cool site

    I´m waiting for the next posts.


    Saludos from Buenos Aires – Argentina


  4. capnhook
    May 15, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    You know, someone had to be first. Many congratulations to you, Dan. Please, over the next bit of time, help drag some more of us early adopters into this type of file sharing. I’m hoping someday to have a site like this to share all I have recorded these many years. You are to be commended for your pioneering spirit! Thanks from WNY…..

    capnhook on

  5. skokiebob aka dirtrider
    May 16, 2007 at 8:01 am

    More kudos to you Dan. Starting to feel like some sort of fanboy here, but gotta give credit where it’s due, and you are certainly doing alot to promote the responsible sharing and archiving of our live music history. Hats off to you sir! Keep on rockin’

  6. Markbot
    May 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Pretty nice idea. I hope to get a good recording of Roger this Saturday down here in Tampa. Good luck with your upcoming shows. May the clappers and talkers be kind to you.

  7. May 25, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    i told you on the hub… great idea. Congratulations and good luck with this site… cheers.

  8. Woff
    May 28, 2007 at 3:25 am

    Brilliant idea – thanks for sharing your recordings and your bandwidth.



  9. Teaforone
    June 3, 2007 at 3:53 am

    very cool, thanks for site.

  10. June 4, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Nice idea; I like the simple ‘Save as…’ approach to downloading, I must say, but I’ve got to ask though – SURELY you were recording shows before May of this year ….? No?

    Regards, Graham

  11. June 4, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Well, there are two recordings on the site from 2006, so of course!

    Seriously, I have been collecting live music since 1977, trading tapes by mail since then. I have been recording for about 20 years, patching out of other mics in the late 80’s, and I bought my first set of microphones and two DAT decks in 1992.

    I will be posting some of my “vintage” recordings as time permits.

  12. sharontunes
    June 5, 2007 at 7:24 am

    thanks very much for sharing! I look forward to hearing your vintage stuff

  13. June 11, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Nice idea, and really looking forward to your Sonic Youth recording (July 2007)!

    That said, “This blog is the first of its kind on the web” is not entirely true – has been going for some time (but he’s not a live recording engineer, I’ll give you that).

  14. June 11, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Great site, thanks for your generousity in sharing your tapes. Will enjoy looking up your future adventures in rock.
    Fellow taping nerds would love to know what gear you use if you wish to share that.
    Good luck with everything.
    z* (australia)

  15. June 11, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Hey, I have a link to Brian’s site, on my bloglog on the left column! I love his site, and definitely believe he does a great job…its just a little different from my site.

    In terms of “live recording engineer”, its sort of the same style of nomenclature as “sanitation expert” and “maintenance engineer”, a little bit of a joke from taper-land. Although I do have a degree in mass communications and worked in college radio on-air, production, and management for 3 years back in the 80’s, I’m a taper, plain and simple.

    In terms of equipment, in each of the txt files of the recordings I post, I describe the equipment that I use. I have two main rigs, which include Neumann KM-150s, an Apogee pre-amp and a Microtrack digital recorder, and a set of DPA 4021’s with a modified Marantz PMD-660 digital recorder.

  16. June 13, 2007 at 1:51 am

    In reply to nyctaper’s post above (2007-06-11 7:13 am): Oops, I stand corrected.;-)

    Re your equipment: thinking of switching to solid-state recording myself – MiniDisc will no doubt go the way of the DAT….I mean dodo. Which one do you prefer, the MicroTrack or the Marantz?

  17. June 13, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Well, the Microtrack serves more as a “bit bucket” for the Neumann>Apogee rig, since its basically just storing the 24-bit files. It doesn’t provide sufficient phantom power for either of my microphone sets, and doesn’t have a very good pre-amp.
    The modified Marantz has a new pre-amp and powers 48v for the DPA rig, so there is no need for an extra pre-amp in the mix. The drawbacks of the Marantz are that its pretty big, and it doesn’t do 24-bit files.

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