5.2 Bootlegs

5.2 Bootlegs

A bootleg is a live audio or video recording of a show. It can be done professionally (it's usually broadcast on tv or radio if this happens), but most shows are taped by fans. Shows taped by fans are divided into two categories: soundboard and audience. A soundboard-sourced show happens when the taper plugs his machine into the soundboard and basically records the mix. These recordings almost always turn out perfectly. Audience recordings happen when a taper takes his rig (ie, taping machine, usually a mini disc or portable DAT, and microphones) into a show and stands there with his mics pointed at the stage and the taping machine running. The quality of these recordings depends on what kind of mics the taper is using, where he is in the venue, how loud the people around him are, where he mounts the mics, what kind of machine he's using, and some other factors. Audience recordings range from great to horrible. The taper takes his tape home and then contacts other people if he wants to trade. Thus a bootleg is born. For more about taping, go to section 5.2b.

Getting a bootleg. If you want the real thing, the only place to get them is through someone who has the show and who'll copy it for you. If you're not bothered by mp3s, live shows will show up on file sharing services, such as Kazaa, FTPs (when they're around), and on people's sites. For info on how to get bootlegs, go to Pzane's Trading FAQ (hosted by spfc.org).

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