GRATEFUL DEAD JULY 8/90 THREE RIVERS STADIUM, PITTSBURGH SET II
PART 8 OF 10
The Grateful Dead allowed their fans to tape their shows like several other bands during the time. For many years the tapers set up their microphones wherever they could. Naturally the best sound was in front of the sound board. The eventual forest of microphones became a problem for the official sound crew. Eventually this was solved by having a dedicated taping section located behind the soundboard, which required a special "tapers" ticket. Certain, more daring tapers opted to disregard the official taping section by recording the show from in Front of the Soundboard (known as "FOB" tapers).
These tapers would often be found by security personnel and either moved back to the regular taping section, or ejected from the venue. Still, these FOB tapes are in large demand by tape collectors. The band allowed sharing of tapes of their shows, as long as no profits were made on the sale of their show tapes. Recently, there was some dispute over what recordings archive.org could host on their site. Currently, all recordings are hosted, though soundboard recordings are not available for download, rather in a streaming format.
"Audience recordings" are those recordings made from the audience, with microphones from manufacturers including Sennheiser, Nakamichi, Schoeps, Neumann, among others, and portable recording devices, including those manufactured by Sony, Marantz, Uher and others. Other sources include recordings made from the devices distributed by the venue to assist the hearing-impaired. Matrix mix involves mixing audience and soundboard sources into one recording. Tapers have spent $1000s to capture the art they love so much. One of the larger on-line communities is the Tapers Section Forum