Like IRSampson, I also had a couple hundred Maxell and TDK gems in my collection. I went digital a couple years ago and would put any of the digital stuff I have against any of my old tapes quality-wise. There is not one drawback that I can think of, it's just that first step that is the hardest. Storage is a GREAT benefit. 1 hard drive can store an entire collection, while you can rotate stuff on your iPod. Luckily, there are folks on these boards and others who are happy to guide you through the process. The vines here helped point me in the right direction. I finally completed my leap into the digital age by dragging my cassette collection to the Chicago stop on the band's '09 Spring Tour and just handed them out. I've recently been posting shows here that I have uploaded to Rapidshare. These are clean downloads, free to those who wish them. Just copy the link to your browser, and your in business. I'm also willing to share my list with anyone who's looking - just PM me.
I too am one of the Old School heads who was reluctant to move into the digital realm. And I'm a techie! What forced the issue was that I also found fewer people interested in trading tapes. So I did the homework and got advice from others and haven't look back since. I still have about 200 of the 850 or so tapes I had, giving the others away to those in need. But you don't need to convert what you have. Most of it is available out there and will sound better. The easiest way to download is using a torrent app like UTorrent or others, where you add a download by clicking on the torrent link. The bt.etree.org site has tons of great quality shows and enough seeds to allow for reasonably fast downloads. Get the free application "Traders Little Helper", which will easily convert the various compressed file formats (shn, flac, etc.) to WAV (where you can burn to CD if your burner software can't decode the compressed formats), or there are plenty of others that will get you to MP3Pro or similar formats suitable for your iPod. The archive.org site primarily offers audience recordings available for download, but you can also stream the soundboard stuff and capture it with an audio program like CoolEdit Pro, etc. The learning curve isn't bad and once you do, you'll discover the bliss you found when first collecting those crispy XLII-S copies. And nearly everything can be done for free, except maybe the cost of the CD's - which are a hell of a lot cheaper than tapes :) I know have replaced most of all my favorite shows and have added tons more. My 80 GB iPod is stuffed with a couple hundred shows as well. Technology is our friend, just as it was the band's! Enjoy your eargasms!!
I am almost POSITIVE the Dead played a second encore after Casey Jones on 10/28/77. It was my first Casey, AMAZING, and I recall the Dead left the stage, the roadies started breaking it down, but the fans were going wild! We would not leave. The Dead finally came back out and played another. That is how I remember it to this day. But I can't find any evidence to back it up, as all tapes/recordings from that show say Casey was only encore. Anyone share my memory??? Was it a dream, or another show, or ??? Anyone with a tape to back me up?
I heard this show the othere day on XM and Archive only has an audience of it....The show was one of the last recorded on reel to reel, as this practic ended in 1981 in favor of cassette masters....my question is does anyone have a low gen SDBD of this show I could burn? It is such a crisp sounding show, but (no offense to any tapers) the Aud tapes don't do it justice in my humble opinion.
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Got a couple more offerings for download from Rapidshare. These are clean uploads, mp3 audio @ 256kbps. Two shows from the Beacon Theatre run in June, '76. Enjoy these GREAT sounding boards...
1976-06-14 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
1976-06-15 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
His job is to shed light, not to master...
A couple of great shows I have to share on Thanksgiving Day. Both shows are SBD, from the Archive, VBR mp3. Downloadable from Rapidshare.
clean & crispy...Happy Holidays.
His job is to shed light, not to master...
I`ve realised I missed my address..........I am totally new to this so just bear with me. Cheers.
Hi All. My first ever post! I live in the UK and have been a Dead fan for nearly 20 years. I guess that makes me a new starter compared to some folks on here. It took me a while but I saw the light in the end!!! I love all sorts of bands, especially jamming guitar bands, which brings me on to Guvt` Mule. I`m desperate to hear the Dead with Warren Hayes as a member!! Where can I get some of the latest gigs??
The only "boot" live stuff I have to trade is a Ratdog gig from Newcastle upon Tyne, England a few years back. Rob Wasserman on bass. I do have quite a few shows by other bands.
I will be grateful for any help....... Cheers
the '72' creamery show is there, along many other offerings.
The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.
new to the forum...not adept enough to muck around with flac or the techno stuff - i can make cd's or dvd's from the music on my itunes but that's about it. i'm just looking to trade as many dead shows and jgb as possible.
does anyone have the '72 creamery benefit? that's a big one i'm missing...
i can make up a setlist of my shows but should i post here? i'm such a boobie noobie
someone hit me up at email@example.com for straight CD trades. i can make data CDs or DVDs and would love to just literally beef up my collection as much humanly freaking possible.