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Owl City: Live From Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
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I went to one of the other shows on this tour ("All Things Bright and Beautiful"), and this DVD is an accurate representation of the great show that I saw, i.e. it's not a carefully-spliced-and-edited DVD of best-takes from multiple shows. That tour (and this DVD) should erase any concerns people have about Owl City being a "studio band."
The performance is spectacular, no doubt. But as a musician and a sound geek, I have some issues with the production...
Mix: Some parts of the mix are missing. You'll always hear Adam, the guitars, main drum kit, loops, synth strings -- but you won't always the REAL strings (violin, cello), backup singers, and sometimes the second drum kit (where they tear it up on a couple of songs!). I heard all of these elements during the concert I was at, so I know they were mic-ed! So either those tracks didn't get recorded, or they weren't mixed high enough to hear on the DVD. This is a shame, because the band sounded even fuller in person than what the audio on the DVD implies.
Auto-tune: Despite a heavy-handed use of digital pitch correction on his albums, Adam Young actually has an excellent live singing voice, which I appreciated from 15 feet away. UNFORTUNATELY, they've taken that lovely live voice and auto-tuned in post-production, so you'll never hear it on this DVD!Read more ›
I’ve heard comments regarding “auto-tune” use, which I believe are absurd. I believe there are those that condemn the use of vocoders as a form of style, which most synth and pop styles use in that manner. They’re pretty obvious to detect, and the only time I’ve heard anything like this was for style, and not for correction of the tuning in his voice. He’s proven himself as a gifted vocalist, over and over, be it through impromptu radio performances, and other such endeavors.
But on to the “Live From L.A.” Blu-ray video concert. Video is very good, but I wouldn't call it reference quality. You’ll see some amount of video blocking as cameras sometimes turn directly into the stage lights and darkness of the audience, a mistake I see often in concert video recording. But it's nothing that interfered with my overall enjoyment of the concert.
The audio is superb, and the mix, credited to Adam Young, is perfect. Now I realize that some may not hear as much of the live cello and violin as they would have liked, but I think this may depend on your audio playback settings. The concert video includes a non-compressed, PCM track that I listen to using Dolby Pro Logic IIx (7.1 speaker setup) and I am blown away by the ability to distinguish the clarity of all of the individual performers. I find Young to not only be an outstanding composer, orchestrator, and performer, but very proficient in audio mixing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our teenagers are really the fans of Owl City, but if you've never heard of them you owe it to yourself to check this band out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Consultant
It's some of the best Owl City songs reimagined with a bit of Rock. Super unique would defidently recommend!Published 3 months ago by Alex Charyton
A must-have for all Owl City fans. So amazing! Adam applies a little rock treatment to his popular songs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicole Roehrig
LOVE this. Nothing like Adam Young. I love seeing him perform. Truly entertaining. :)Published 10 months ago by Desiree A
Obviously remastered or overdubbed vocals from the concert. Good overall sound but not a true concert mix. Lots of the instruments are missing from the mix. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eb