The Skirts- Old Ironsides, Sacramento 8/15/99 Soundboard Audio Roland MX5 Mix

So back in the late 1990s/early 2000’s, I had the nerdiest audio setup ever. I had some custom patch cables made that would tap into the insert signals of the soundboard without affecting the sound in the club. I would then use a battery powered mixer (Roland MX5) to mix the show- boost guitars/snare, pan guitars in stereo and the like. I would string a headphone cable outside the club and listen to the mix, then go back in the club and adjust, then repeat. Patrons on the sidewalk of the club would look at me like “who’s the nerd?”. Well, here’s the output of some of that work. This was the only time I recorded The Skirts during their early days and you can tell how poor the board mix is during the first song (not bashing the soundman, it is near impossible to get a decent mix in a small club). By about 8 minutes in, I have the mix somewhat dialed. Stay tuned for more of the nerd-tastic mixes being posted soon. GREAT set by the skirts. When are you playing again??

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

Equipment Used: Roland MX5


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Groovie Ghoulies- Old Ironsides, Sacramento 8/15/99 DAT Soundboard Live Mix Roland MX5 Multitrack

I had uploaded some of my DAT masters to youtube back in 2016 and then forgot about them and left them in draft… I was checking the archive to see if I had already posted a different ghoulies show, and I see this draft… and then I sort to see all of the drafts on my YT channel and there they are.
This was a matinee show with The Skirts (spolier alert for tomorrow) opening. Excellent show- lots of special moments including an appearance by Jon Von (MTX, Human Toys) before he moved to France.
This was during the time where I tapped into each channel the board with a battery powered mixer and mixed the show live. This was before you could do cool stuff with a computer, so you had to try to do it live while trying to listen to the mix in the loud club. It starts off well, and then I push the levels a little too high for a few minutes. It stabilizes by the 10min mark.

Recorded by: Shayne stacy
Equipment used: Roland MX-5 Battery powered mixer into Sony TCD-D7 DAT
Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and Emu 1212M card

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