Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Laura Marling - 2 February 2012, The Forum
Soundwise, Marling is very softly spoken which made it hard to get her frequent talking to the crowd at a volume that is easily audible, without adding a lot of background hum. End the end I opted for audible, and minimised the hum as much as possible, although it was impossible to eliminate it. With the benefit of hindsight I'd set the gain a bit higher, but going into the show I had no idea if that would produce a listenable recording or not. Anyway, after much delay here it is.
I Was Just a Card
Don't Ask Me Why
Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)
My Winding Wheel (Night Terror was listed on the setlist as an alternative song for this spot)
New Song (the setlist listed this as 'New Song')
Flicker & Fail
Night After Night
Alas, I Cannot Swim
All My Rage
PS: I know a lot of people are hanging out for the Ryan Adams show. I'm about halfway through doing it, and will have it up by the weekend at the latest (hopefully earlier). So far it sounds good, although it has the same issue as this show in terms of trying to make some of the quiet sections easily audible, without having too much hum. So far it sounds like it'll still be a very good listen.
PPS: I think the problem is that I've been recording with too little gain, which hasn't had a noticeable effect for louder shows but is very noticeable for these two. Easy to fix for future recordings, but proving very difficult to fix for Ryan Adams. Right now I'm getting heartily sick of the constant background buzz which I can't seem to get rid of. My current solution is to try to minimise it as much as I can without making the recording sound too artificial, and recommend that you don't use headphones to listen. Taking that approach the recording seems good, and I'm still planning on getting it up in the next few days.