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    For those of you in the UK: The BBC soap opera Eastenders celebrated 25 years of production, to celebrate this they had an intriguing storyline 'Who Killed Archie Mitchell' amongst other stories. They also did a first in Eastenders and did the who donnit reveal LIVE, I thought it was really good.

    I have a question with the sound; I know that the sound is always different on live events compared to pre-recorded programmes. I just wondered why this is so, on the pre-recorded programmes the sound, sounds processed. Its like it has padding and sounds all fluffy and clean.

    Just wondered if anyone knows the sound processes that goes on to achieve this.

    So my question is:- What is done to the sound?

    How can this be achieved with normal pro/semi pro software like sony vegas/adobe soundbooth

    Or does it require a string of equipment through to specialist software to achieve this.

    TY

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    Firstly when you are live you can't do a "take two" if the sound man isn't happy with the take. If the boom operator had a hang over and wasn't reacting as fast as usual or what ever. Secondly in a pre recorded program you have the opportunity to mix and re-mix until you're happy with the sound quality.

    So pre recorded is always going to be better except if you are Led Zeppelin playing at Knebworth in the 1978. The sound at that concert was exactly the same as the album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    So pre recorded is always going to be better except if you are Led Zeppelin playing at Knebworth in the 1978. The sound at that concert was exactly the same as the album.
    The sound of Led Zeppelin in 1978 at Knebworth was crystal clear. And they never played a note wrong. In fact they never played a note at all

    On the other hand in 1979 when I saw them at Knebworth (both gigs) ...
    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
    Tim

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    Ok, ok, 1979. I think I did well to get it as close as a year out at my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Ok, ok, 1979. I think I did well to get it as close as a year out at my age.
    The phrase "If you remember it, you weren't there" was meant to be about the 60s.
    Knebworth, August, '79. Happy days (apart from the bastards who nicked our beer stash at 2.00am. Peace, love & understanding eh?)
    About 15 years later I bumped into Robert Plant in a Spar mini market in Kinver (my in-laws lived there and it's Robert's home area). He was buying frozen Pizza. Despite this clear display of normality by Little Robert Anthony, my legs turned to jelly and I became a gibberring 14 y/o schoolgirl, thus showing that some of us never get over their childhood fantasies.
    In spite of this I couldn't help but be amused by the local ladies who greeted him: "Hello Bob, are you playing this weekend?" as if it might be his band's turn to play between the bingo sessions at Stourbridge Royal British Legion!

    Strange. They never asked me. And my band were regulars at the Worcester Park British Legion.
    Tim

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    I remember been ripped off with beer prices it was something ridiculous like 50p a can.

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