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Performance Solid...Recording and Mixing Disappointing
on November 25, 2008
Linkin Park's "Road To Revolution" live performance at the Milton Keynes(UK) National Bowl is packed with many of LP's greatest hits, with 18 out of the 19 songs performed included on this MP3 album.
The performance is solid...more than adequate considering it's live, so I have no major complaints there, and would have rated this higher had it not been for what I consider to be a less-than-stellar recording.
I'm no expert on live recordings, and maybe I'm getting a little picky here. Obviously, I know that live recordings and studio projects are two different animals. But that doesn't mean you can't make a live performance sound good. There's a lot more to it than just sticking two microphones in the air, at least for a production like this one. All amps, drums and instruments are individually miked, as well as any additional mikes set up for the natural ambience and crowd noise. Everything gets run through a mixing board, where equalization, volume, pan (left or right in the stereo field), effects (reverb, delay, etc.) among other things are able to be changed and perfected.
The overall sound seems to have a limited frequency response...most everything seems to fall within a certain narrow band of mainly low-to-mid frequencies. Muddy guitars, booming bass guitar, nasally vocals and wishy-washy cymbals are the result.
While the drum set sounds okay by itself, such as on the solo in "Bleed It Out", the bass drum, in particular, doesn't have a lot of punch and presence when the overall music gets busy...and therefore gets lost in the mix at those times.
The reverb isn't always natural sounding and sounds overdone in spots, (possibly due to crowd mikes?), but could have been improved nonetheless.
Overall, the sound just isn't as 'clean' as it could be, even considering it's live. It's a stereo recording, but other than the cymbals, it mainly sounds mono. IMO, there are a lot of things that could have been "fixed in the mix", but weren't.
With that being said, this is still a must-have for die-hard Linkin Park fans...events this big don't always get put out for major release.