your observations are correctryansupak wrote:Oops...it didn't email me that there was thread activity for some reason.
Glad the sets got re-upped, and I like the second set too. Sounds like red_2 ends on the dub version of the first song in red_1a. I also love the cover of "I'll Be There."
The second mix sounds more "wet". Is that an analog delay on the send, or maybe a tape slapback? Also was red_2 recorded in the studio while red_1a was recorded live off the desk?
the second (red_2) was actually recorded first.
This tape were recorded directly before final power amplification while I was DJ'ing in the late 70's (you read right - thats a TDK high bias SA-60 - built like a tank with incredible sound - I left Trinidad in 1980 so it has to be at least that old)
The reverb you hear is the old Pioneer spring reverb (not sure on the model - SR-202 i think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX1HkQjJ79c )
your ears are correct - when we start the place is empty and and the sound is tuned for that empty space - as more people come in (and ear fatigue sets in) we increase the highs and the volume so by the end of the second side we are probably overdriving the cassette - not a bad thing actually but you get that compressed sound with extra highs
I remember we used a Roland echo on our mic but I am not sure if this tape has it on the music - the Pioneer had a much more diffused sound so you didn't interfere with the riddim mids and highs - but you got the echo effect on the bass
These tapes in no way sound like the records - if you are lucky enough to have these records its nice to do a comparison between the record and what people expected in a fete (party).
The dub at end of side 1 (red_2) is a classic cassette tape practice. We did these tapes to sell either then and there or later.
Remember what you are hearing is the very first hour after our setup, after this - when the party is rocking - everyone jumps on the mic, hit songs get continuously rewound (rewinded ? ) - you know the joke - you never hear the end of a reggae song in the dance
something like this - its amazing things haven't changed that much