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Recording Live Could be Fatal

Recording Live Could be Fatal

I’m talking about live recordings and live videos.

It isn’t necessarily the bands’ fault that, on the whole, the quality of these recordings is below par. However it is the bands’ fault to release these recordings to the public.

A band needs to understand that live recordings of ‘established’ artists are finalized in the recording studio, many times re-recording voice and removing parts of the show where obvious mistakes were made onstage.

Live performances are a series of moments. If you make a mistake, the moment when you made that mistake passes and is quickly forgotten by the live audience because they are listening to the music from the next moment in the performance.

The problem with live recordings is that if you don’t remove those error moments, every time the listener hears your performance they will hear the mistake, because the mistake has been permanently fixed into the recording. Sure sometimes it’s okay to leave a mistake or two, after all you need to appear human, but drums out of time, singing flat or sad guitar solos are too much.

Bands make the mistake in recording live with inadequate equipment, where the source is normally taken from the ambience which, on the whole, produces a distorted sound, and not taken from line to the table and passed onto multi channel equipment to be mixed and finalized later on in the studio. The extra cost of doing this will result in a recording of better quality and the tracks could be used in a live album at a later date.

Live recordings are to remember the spectator what they experienced during the shows of their favourite band and should be directed to this audience. A live audience will experience more than the music during an event, they would experience the atmosphere, the emotion of being at a live event and not concentrating directly on the music in itself. Rarely a live album would create for a cold customer the same experience and so the live recording needs to highlight the quality of the music.

As we are in the video age, this attention needs to be doubled as we are able to see the empathy of the artist onstage also. Image quality is important, as is the interaction between the artist and cameras; I say cameras as just one camera won’t give adequate dynamics.

For up and coming bands I would advise to use video recordings as a tool for self improvement, to be kept in private, to be analyzed to make the live stage performance better, to see what could be done to improve the presentation.

I would also advise them to only make public studio recordings which can be quality controlled better to generate a fan base and release the live recordings later on when the fan can relate more with the band. I’m not saying that you should from day one produce a mega album, as that would probably be unviable, but produce one song at a time when the cash flow permits. That way at the right time you will eventually have enough material to have your collection of songs and put them all together on one album.


Steve Allen

Steve Allen Steve Allen is consultant and music producer. Author of “Marketing Your Music – Success Strategies”, “Personal Management in the Music Industry” and “Street Teams – Expand your Fan Base”

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5 Outstanding TV Shows That Could Include Cheap Landau Scrubs

5 Outstanding TV Shows That Could Include Cheap Landau Scrubs

Have you seen the TV show “Scrubs”? It has won both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award. The show has been airing on network TV, since the fall of 2001. It continues a history of quality TV shows based on employment in the medical field. Interestingly, the comedy-drama is not named after a particular physician in the show, as other shows about the medical field, are. Instead, the title “Scrubs” refers to the common attire of medical personnel. Still, “Scrubs” is not the only TV show in which you can spot people wearing scrubs, such as cheap landau scrubs:

1. MASH (1972-1983)

The TV series MASH includes scrub-clad surgeons in the Korean War. MASH is a comedy-drama about surgeons who are stationed in South Korea. The show was extremely popular during its original run, with its final episode earning more than 105 million viewers-a TV history record! “MASH” the TV show was based on “MASH” the movie, which was based on a novel. The show focused on vital personnel of the (US) Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

2. Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986)

This show is actually a spinoff of the character “Trapper John” McIntyre, who appeared in the motion picture and TV series “MASH.” “MASH” is based on surgeons who served in the U.S. military, during the Korean War. “Trapper John, M.D.” chronicles the life of McIntyre, 28 years after leaving his MASH unit. In the show, Trapper serves as San Francisco Memorial Hospital’s chief of surgery. The show also features George Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates. Gates also served in a MASH unit, but in the Vietnam War.

3. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993)

This is yet another TV show that included medical personnel wearing scrubs. The show focuses on Doogie Howser, a gifted teenager who graduated from college at 10-years-old. What makes the show particularly interesting is that Doogie must juggle the challenges of being both a physician and a teenager. Features of the show include Vinnie Delpino, Doogie’s naughty best friend; and Doogie creating an entry in his computerized diary–at the end of each show.

4. Scrubs (2001-Present)

“Scrubs” is a comedy-drama show that is currently running on network TV. The name of the show is based on the uniforms that medical personnel often wear. Scrubs are lightweight, comfortable attire that are typically light green, light blue, or even pink. “Scrubs” concentrates on the workers at a teaching hospital named “Sacred Heart.” The show includes an array of quick dialogue, slapstick comedy, and surreal short bits. The eighth season of “Scrubs” will begin in early 2009.

5. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-Present)

“Grey’s Anatomy” is a medical drama on primetime television. Its name pays tribute to the medical textbook of the same name. The show centers on Dr. Meredith Grey, who works at Seattle Grace Hospital. “Grey’s Anatomy” features scrub-clad doctors and surgical interns.

Throughout its history, television has aired several quality shows, including various ones about medical personnel. Oftentimes their characters wear comfortable and hygienic scrubs-representing the best of the best in medical attire.

Brent McNutt enjoys talking about cheap landau scrubs and cheap urbane scrubs as well as networking with healthcare professionals online.

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