Updated: Jun 11
Hope everyone is having great holidays!
It’s been on my mind for a while now to master this full band recording from 12.27.1996 (North Charleston, SC) that was aired on a Sirius XM Live Stream in January of 2021. I finally had a chance to go in depth and work on it this past weekend after finishing up a different long-time project I've been working on, and thought I’d upload it today since it’s the anniversary of the show being played back in ’96.
It’s got really solid performances from each band member and a nice overall balance of the instruments. And although the original broadcast felt a little bit muffled/muddy and slightly narrow sounding to my ears, there was a wonderful foundation to work with. I thought it could use a bit of sprucing up to bring out some overall clarity, punch, and depth, so I set out to achieve that with some EQ corrections, light saturation, tasteful glue compression, EQ sweetening, m/s processing to enhance the stereo image organically, and gentle limiting to catch the peaks / transients that were jumping out. Some of you might already have the original broadcast, but I think you’ll find these mastered recordings are absolutely worth the listen/download, too; there’s a great vibe here, and I think this mastered version is sounding much closer to the quality of an official live release now!
I’m really pleased with how this turned out and I’m excited to share the mastered files with y’all if you want to hear it! The show has fantastic energy and captures the band at a time when they were playing with such a fire in them.
Note:I thought this was a terrific performance from the band, so I wanted to do a little mastering passion project for the community like I’ve done for a handful of other Sirius XM streams over the past couple years. I hope whoever wants to hear this enjoys it!
LINK TO THE REMASTER:
Dave Matthews Band
December 27, 1996
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
Crash into Me
Lie in Our Graves
So Much to Say »
Anyone Seen the Bridge »
Let You Down
Typical Situation »
Deed Is Done [tease]