Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grateful Dead 1981-02-26 Uptown Theater Chicago, IL(Sick Bits Vol. 2a)

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theater
Chicago, IL
2-26-81
Sick Bits Vol. 2a

Source: Matrix:

SBD > Cassette master > DAT(0) (Cassette>DAT transfer by Dick) >
DAT(1) > ZA2> Soundforge (15db sampled tape hiss noise reduction filter)>
CD Architect > Master CDR (by Jim Wise) > CDR Master > EAC in secure mode >
Soundforge (minor editing and crossfading) > CDWAV > SHNv3
w/seek tables appended (by Jamie Lutch)

AUD Master: Barry Glassberg: Nak700>Sony TCD5M, Maxell UDXLII, Dolby B.

Lineage: AUDMC> Tascam 112MKII > Sony R500 SBM (pass through) >
Delta Dio 2496 > HD > sound forge & CD wave by John Steinthal

Encoding: EAC(secure) > CDWAV > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by Matt Vernon


[complete text files for each source appended at end]

Transfer/Editing:
All sources were snh files downloaded from LMA and converted to
WAV > Vegas 5 > WAV > CD Wave > FLAC 16 (level 8)

Matrixed by Chris Chappell
ScarFire@liquidcity.com
2/26/05

Set 1:
d1t01 - Feel Like A Stranger
d1t02 - Althea >
d1t03 - Little Red Rooster
d1t04 - Bird Song
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle >
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Peggy-O
d1t08 - Passenger
d1t09 - Tennessee Jed
d1t10 - The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
d2t01 - Crowd/tuning
d2t02 - China Cat Sunflower >
d2t03 - I Know You Rider
d2t04 - Samson And Delilah
d2t05 - He's Gone >
d2t06 - Jam >
d3t01 - Drums >
d3t02 - Space Jam >
d3t03 - Truckin' >
d3t04 - Black Peter >
d3t05 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
d3t06 - Johnny B. Goode

Encore:
d3t07 - U.S. Blues

Total Times:
Disc 1 [79:59]
Disc 2 [46:11]
Disc 3 [50:12]


General Notes:

Given the multiple sources available on the Llama, I decided to put the
effort into editing a matrix of all three nights from this wonderful run
at the Uptown. The Glassberg AUDs are very nice and full, standing on
their own as excellent representative recordings.  The SBD sources of all
three nights have the reputation of being some of the crispiest boards
out there, and after a simple test on the Ship O' from the 3rd night I was
motivated to dive into editing land. The result is a worthwile listen,
especially when you turn it up.

Timeline/Tracking Notes:

No music is missing as both sources have excellent coverage.  However,
in order to fit the first set on one 80 min. disc, I edited out some
crowd in between songs, crossfading so the transitions are smooth.
The transition between the disc 2 and 3 can be put together seemlessly.

Editing Notes:

- Pitch
Both sources were pitched differently, the AUD being the sharpest,
and the SBD being the flatest.  I used the SBD as my master timeline
and pitch referenced the AUD to it. The AUD on average had to be pitched
down about -.18 (18 cents) to achieve pitch correction - 1.00 being
100 cents which is a semitone.  I did not reference A=440 as I did not
desire to pitch adjust the SBD.  It is very close though to A=440.

- Synch
Even after pitch correcting the other two sources to the FOB AUD,
because of the speed fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits
were performed to keep the sources synched.  Because the SBD was my
master pitch and time ref, the AUD was synched to the SBD (too many
edits to list).

- Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio
I did choose to employ a slight amount of limiting to the SBD (Waves L2)
to give it a slight amount of punch and presence. Conceptually,  all
I was trying to do here is to add some dimension to the SBD, which is
pretty dry but very crisp, by using the ambience of the AUD. The result
is a lively but clear recording, hopefully close to how it sounded at
the show. If I had to guess the SBD/AUD ratio would be somewhere between
3:1 and 4:1, leaning more towards the 4:1 end of things.

- Edits
The following are places where the SBD and AUD had holes or
incomplete coverage in reference to the final matrix timeline.

SBD:
d1t01 (5:36:36 - 5:37:52) - missing
d1t01 (9:11:60 - 9:14:25) - missing
d1t01 (9:49:42 - 10:34:52) - missing (crowd)
d1t03 (9:10:00 - 9:35:45) - missing (crowd)
d1t04 (9:49:42 - 11:15:42) - missing (crowd)
d1t06 (5:41:04 - 5:50:58) - missing (crowd)
d1t07 (7:40:17 - 8:24:25) - missing (crowd)
d1t08 (5:00:24 - 5:31:59) - missing (crowd)
d1t09 (8:29:73 - 9:10:56) - missing (crowd)
d2t01 (0:00:00 - 1:29:01) - missing (crowd)
d2t04 (7:19:41 - 8:09:50) - missing (crowd)
d2t06 (0:47:45 - 0:54:34) - missing
d2t04>5 (9:20:03 - 0:10:34) - missing
d3t06 (4:18:67 - 5:22:62) - missing (crowd)
d3t03 (2:21:67 - 2:22:42) reduced volume by 7dB due to vicious feedback

AUD:
d3t03 (2:21:67 - 2:22:42) reduced volume by 17dB due to vicious feedback
Set 1 had parts of the crowd in between songs edited out so as to fit
the whole set on one disc.

Note that alot of the missing elements from the SBD source are just
crowd segments except for the 2 cuts in Stranger, a cut in the post
He's Gone jam, and a cut in the transition from Black Peter to GDTRFB;
other than that, all of the music is intact.

Thanks to Dick Latvala for transfering the SBD casette master to DAT,
Jim Wise for the noise reduction and conversion to CDR, and Jamie Lutch
for minor editing and shn conversion. Thanks to Barry Glassberg for
recording the AUD source, and John Steinthal for converting it to CDR,
and Matt Vernon for the shn conversion.  Thanks to Jonathan Aizen for
uploading both sources to the Llama.

Happy 24th Anniversary & Enjoy!!!
-Chappy




SBD source text file:

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, IL
February 26, 1981

Disc 1            75:40
    -Set I-
1. Feel Like a Stranger    09:15
2. Althea ->        08:31
3. Little Red Rooster    09:11
4. Bird Song        10:45
5. Me & My Uncle ->    02:57
6. Big River        05:41
7. Tennessee Jed    07:40
8. Passenger        05:00
9. Peggy-O        08:30
10.Music Never Stopped    08:10

Disc 2            56:26           
    -Set IIA-
1. China Cat ->        06:18
2. I Know You Rider    06:54
3. Samson        07:32
4. He's Gone ->        22:55
5. Drums ->        12:46

Disc 3            36:14
    -Set IIB-
1. Space ->        01:32
2. Truckin ->        07:55
3. Black Peter ->    09:20
4. GDTRFB ->        07:33
5. Johnny B. Goode    04:32
6. E: U.S. Blues    05:22

Source Info:
SBD > Cassette master > DAT(0) (Cassette>DAT transfer by Dick)

DAT(1) > ZA2> Soundforge (15db sampled tape hiss noise reduction filter)> CD Architect > Master CDR (by Jim Wise)

CDR Master > EAC in secure mode (see below) > Soundforge (minor editing and crossfading) > CDWAV > SHNv3 w/seek tables appended (by Jamie Lutch)


Known Flaws:
reel splices at 5:04 & 8:40  in Stranger (untouched)
reel splice 11:52 into He's Gone (untouched)
reel splice in Black Peter> GDTRFB segue (2 sec crossfade)



AUD source text file:

Band Grateful Dead

Venue Uptown Theatre

Location Chicago, IL 

Date 2/26/81 - Thursday



Source:
Master: Barry Glassberg: Nak700>Sony TCD5M, Maxell UDXLII, Dolby B.

Lineage: AUDMC> Tascam 112MKII > Sony R500 SBM (pass through) >
Delta Dio 2496 > HD > sound forge & CD wave by John Steinthal

Encoding: EAC(secure) > CDWAV > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by Matt Vernon



Thanks to Mark Cohen for the disks!



Disk 1 [69:29]

Set One

01. Crowd/tuning

02. Feel Like A Stranger ;

03. Althea >

04. Little Red Rooster %

05. Bird Song %

06. Me And My Uncle >

07. Big River  ;

08. Peggy-O ;

09. Passenger ;


Disk 2 [39:47]

Set One continued

01. Tennessee Jed %

02. The Music Never Stopped



Set Two

03. China Cat Sunflower >

04. I Know You Rider ;

05. Samson And Delilah %


Disk 3 [73:14]

Set Two continued

01. Crowd/tuning

02. He's Gone >

03. Jam >

04. Drums >

05. Space >

06. Truckin' >

07. Black Peter >

08. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >

09. Johnny B. Goode

10. Encore U.S. Blues



notes
-
~4:20 patch in drums from soundboard


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