moe. December 30, 2007 Irving Plaza – Flac Download

January 6, 2008

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moe.’s annual New Year’s warm-up gig was an intimate affair at a packed Irving Plaza. The special surprise guest was the (former) Allman Brothers legend Dicky Betts, who guided the band through an epic In Memory of Elizabeth Reed before joining in during Al Schnier’s Allmans-like Mexico.

This recording was made from the perfect location in this venue, and should be better than it is. In December, I sent my Neumann microphones to be serviced, and have used the DPA microphones exclusively. The quality of the two sets is fairly similar, but the Neumann’s have a -10db pad for situations like this concert. The sound in the venue was quite powerful and overwhelmed the DPA > Apogee system. I used the “soft-limiter” to prevent distortion, but during louder moments the sound is still “crunchy”. The problem was significantly reduced during the 2nd set. During quieter passages, particularly in Set 2, this recording is absolutely superb. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 40 feet from the stage

DPA 4021s (9 ft Stand) > Apogee Mini-Me > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, balance levels, dither, downsample, patch) > CDWave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

*crossfade 1 minute and 10 seconds of patch material from an alternate recorder in the middle of Buster (thanks Eric)

Recorded and Produced by

Set 1
[total time 1:02:44]
01 Stranger Than Fiction
02 Runaway Overlude
03 Captain America
04 Seat Of My Pants
05 Sensory Deprivation Bank
06 Timmy Tucker

Set 2
[total time 2:05:25]
01 Opium
02 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
03 St. Augustine
04 Where Does the Time Go?
05 Mexico
06 [encore break]
07 Spaz Medicine
08 Buster
09 Spaz Medicine

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5 Responses to moe. December 30, 2007 Irving Plaza – Flac Download

  1. January 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I should mention that in the first minute of the recording you hear a few ticks and one burst of sound. That’s me playing with the soft-limiter settings, to get the balance right.

  2. catweasel
    January 8, 2008 at 8:46 am

    many thanks, first time I`ve heard MOE, started the download by mistake and liked what i heard.Great Music,Great Recording and a new band to watch out for.Marvelous all round.

  3. Sal C
    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    This reminds me of a problem I had trying to record the Lemonheads in Philly recently. I was using my M-Audio Micotrack and I could not set the levels low enough to keep the recording from distorting terribly. Do I need to purchase some sort of “limiter” to keep this from happening (and yeah, I was using the shitty mic the player comes with, but I will probably upgrade soon).

  4. January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    The MT actually makes a -10dB “pad” for those purposes. Here’s an ebay link:

  5. February 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The “thanks Eric” was obviously a reference to the fact that Eric Vandercar gave me a copy of his recording to patch a portion I missed. He was like that, always offering to help out. RIP EV.

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