Definition Of SBD
SBD: If you see this on a trader’s list or website it indicates that the show was sourced from the soundboard. This is usually only used for audio shows unless there was a soundboard source added later to a video. For those who may not know, the soundboard is the large desk with all the equipment in the center floor at a concert. The sound guy controls all the sound for the show and works to ensure that the sound is as clear as possible. A lot of times the shows will be recorded through the soundboard for various reasons. Sometimes the artists wants it that way, sometimes its for future releases and so on.
What Shows Can Be Considered Soundboard?
Other than the obvious, some shows can be considered soundboards because of the source. For instance if you were to tape a show from the radio and it’s an FM Broadcast, many trader’s, including myself, indicate this as a SBD show. If the show was taken from a webcast video and made into audio it would also be considered a soundboard.
How Do I Detect A Soundboard Show?
This can sometimes be a little tricky as some soundboards sound like shit. This is usually the case with older soundboards for various reasons. The older a show gets the more it has been traded, copied and generated. This will typically make older soundboards sound shitty. There is also the factor of the equipment used then versus what we use now. The advancements in technology have made sound better through the years.
Here’s a list of things to look for in a soundboard recording:
- No crowd noise: Sometimes some soundboards eliminate the crowd noise all together. You will not find many bootleg tapers that do that on purpose. You find this especially on older soundboards.
- No close talking/screaming: In a soundboard recording the sound man usually dials back the crowd sounds like people who talk non-stop through the show, screaming, whistling and so on. You may still hear these things, but they will not sound like they are right next to you.
- No fading in and out: On a good soundboard the sound is usually pretty steady and does not fade in or out.
- No microphone fluctuations: Microphone fluctuations usually come from a taper bumping into someone or possibly moving the device to a different location. On a soundboard the sound is clear & crisp without many changes.
- Volume: Typically the volume on a soundboard is better than an audience taped show. A taper in the crowd may have volume that goes up or down for whatever reason. Although in older soundboards the volume may seem really low.