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  1. While I agree that it would be great if there was a site that covered both CDs and non-pressed releases, the OP asked specifically for bootleg CDs, which is why I referred him to Bootledz.
  2. Agreed. I get hopeful every time there's a new post in this thread that something's being announced. And when it's just a post about another band, it's even more disappointing than if it was just random speculation about what Zep might (or might not) do for the anniversary.
  3. Can we keep this thread on the topic of Zep's 50th? If you want to talk about other bands, there's a whole section of the site dedicated to them: https://forums.ledzeppelin.com/forum/12-other-bands-music/ There's even a topic in it specifically dedicated to Dio:
  4. The link below is to a list of the CDs that are considered to be the best version of each show by the person who created the list, BootLedZ. He has a ton of experience listening to shows and also compares and contrasts them on his site, so he's in a good position to suggest which version of a given show is the one to look for: http://www.bootledz.com/mypicks.htm
  5. Glad you liked it. The main software I use is Ozone5. It's designed for mastering, although it's intended to make subtle changes to well recorded material. Because the raw soundboards sound so bad, I have to apply it to them around a dozen times, building up the sound a little each time.. Once that's done, I use something to enhance the bass. What I use depends on the recording. On this one I believe I used Boom from Brainworx.
  6. Led Zeppelin was on tour basically non-stop from late 1968 to mid-1973. Unless they happened across some of those people while they were on the road, it's unlikely they would have had time to socialize. However, they did meet up with them on various occasions over the years. Here are some images I found after searching for just a few minutes. I'm sure other people here can dig up more. With Jeff Beck: With Ron Wood: With Keith Moon: Robert with Paul McCartney: With Iggy Pop:
  7. Sure, check your messages for the links.
  8. GoGo Penguin. Silly name for an outstanding band. Closest I can describe it is instrumental electronic music played on acoustic instruments by jazz musicians. Definitely worth a listen, even if that description doesn't sound appealing to you.
  9. Samples from the rest of the discs are up on Black Beauty: Bull Sh*t Master: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2579 Sanda You Edit: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2581 Hagure Gumo Edit: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2582
  10. There is already a thread about Joe in the "Other Bands / Music" section of this site.
  11. I’ve used Spleeter for a couple of days and have some observations based on that experience. The first is that this is a complete game changer for people looking to turn mono recordings into stereo. The default settings do a stunning job of separating instruments and vocals into individual tracks, and the system can be trained to be even better. However, there are a few caveats that need to be mentioned: 1 - The parts are less than the sum of the whole. By themselves, the individual tracks (aka stems) don’t sound great. The bass and drum tracks in particular have a phasey\watery sound to them. While you can tell what’s being played, the sound isn’t nearly as good as if you had a real multi-track recording and could listen to the bass or drums tracks from that. However, what’s interesting is that when you mix all of the stems together, the phasey sound disappears and the song sounds like it did before it was broken into parts, assuming you mix all of the parts back together. If you wanted to create a recording of Zeppelin without Robert’s vocals, you’d hear some unpleasant artifacts. Likewise, if you wanted to capture just his vocals, they won’t sound as good you as might hope. 2 - Mixing is an art unto itself. Just having the individual stems is no guarantee that you’re going to create something listenable from them. The challenge, especially with the guitar, is to balance it so that it’s more prominent in one channel than the other but still audible in both (it sounds unnatural if it’s only in one channel.) That’s harder than it sounds, and takes a far amount of experimentation to get the blend correct. 3 - Bleed through happens. While the system is excellent at pulling songs apart, at times sound from one part of the song leaks into other. For instance, on a version of Dazed from the last night at Earls Court, Robert’s voice showed up very noticeably in the guitar track in a couple of places. While that could be fixed manually, things like that mean you cannot fully automate the conversion from mono to stereo. 4 - It may not be able to separate some instruments. There are only a few default settings, and the one most suitable for rock music is the one that breaks a song into four stems, drums, bass, vocals, and other. That works great on a song like Sick Again, where the guitar ends up as the only thing in the other stem. However, I’m not sure what it will do with something like Since I’ve Been Loving You where both the keyboards and the guitar might be placed in the other stem. Some experimentation will tell me how much of an issue that is, so it may not be as much of a problem as I think it will. 5 - Spleeter is a command line program, meaning there’s no graphical interface and to get it to work you have to enter commands into a terminal. Not everyone is comfortable doing that, which will limit the number of people who can use it. 6 - It runs slow when it uses your computer’s CPU to pull apart the songs. It took approximately 12-15 minutes for it to finish working on a live version of Sick Again, which is a relatively short song from a live Zeppelin perspective. The documentation says it runs up to 100 times faster if you tell it to use your GPU. If you’re a gamer and have a high end graphics card, that’d be great but it’s not much help for those of us using lowly integrated graphics cards. Even with these issues, this program is amazing. Bravo to everyone involved in creating it.
  12. One of the members at Royal Orleans, ssellers, just posted some samples there in the "Future Technology and LZ Soundboard" thread of mono soundboard tracks he converted to stereo using an open source program called Spleeter. This seems to be exactly the kind of thing we were looking for. I'm in the process downloading it and getting it set up. For anyone who's interested, here's the link to the Spleeter site. https://github.com/deezer/spleeter
  13. In an article about a recent podcast, Paul Stanley talks about seeing Zep live in 1969: (https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/paul-stanley-recalls-seeing-led-zeppelin-for-first-time-to-this-day-ive-never-seen-anything-that-was-that-perfect/) "To this day, I've never seen anything that was that perfect. Not just in terms of the synchronicity and the fact that everybody was so much on the same playing field — it was the sexual energy that was coming off the stage, the flamboyance, the cocksure attitude. They backed it up. I think they knew how great they were. And I was just… "First of all, the band was spectacular and played — I won't use any profanity — but they played tighter than a something… So, they were amazing. And Robert Plant was singing like something from another planet. He was hitting notes effortlessly, and there was such bravado in everything they were doing, it just blew me away."
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