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Why are live performances worse than recorded versions?
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Posted 10/19/08
I was watching some Aya Hirano music videos and live performances and realised that her lives are really bad compared to the recorded versions. When I listened to Yui Horie's music videos and lives it was just about the same thing. In fact many of the singers I listen to generally sing better in the recorded versions of the songs. Why do you think this is so?
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Posted 10/19/08
technology make everything..sure u also can sing better in recorded version..
but if they really talented,yup sure they can sing well in live or in recorded version..
Posted 10/19/08
It is because when artistes record their songs, they can do it over and over again until they get the best recording. Also, if there are any mistakes or off-tune notes in the recording, the computer software enables them to edit those out such that the whole song becomes mistake-free and in tune.
However, during live performances, it is a 'one-try' thing and the singers do not have any allowances for mistakes. Furthermore, many singers dance while singing, and it is very hard to control their breathing and singing at the same time, which is why many singers tend to go off-tune or become breathless during their songs.
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Posted 10/19/08

yonomi333 wrote:

It is because when artistes record their songs, they can do it over and over again until they get the best recording. Also, if there are any mistakes or off-tune notes in the recording, the computer software enables them to edit those out such that the whole song becomes mistake-free and in tune.
However, during live performances, it is a 'one-try' thing and the singers do not have any allowances for mistakes. Furthermore, many singers dance while singing, and it is very hard to control their breathing and singing at the same time, which is why many singers tend to go off-tune or become breathless during their songs.


but their voices shouldnt be that off right? even if its just a one time thing, it should at least bear some similarity to their recorded songs.
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Posted 10/19/08
Studio editing does wonders. However, not all live performances are worse than studio versions. It just depends on who's performing. Take this for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk4DEp_EJVU

Really really great performance although missing a piano outro.
Posted 10/19/08
Yeah, the difference between the live and recorded performances of a singer really depends on his or her talent.
If the singer is very talented, then he or she will be able to give a performance as good as the recording, but if the singer merely replies on studio editing to come out with an album, then you will have the terrible live performances.
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Muse does really good lives.
They're kind of better than the recorded song.
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Posted 10/19/08
editing software and sound efx
live performances are always good coz it shows them entertaining the crowd
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Posted 10/19/08

Fennec wrote:


yonomi333 wrote:

It is because when artistes record their songs, they can do it over and over again until they get the best recording. Also, if there are any mistakes or off-tune notes in the recording, the computer software enables them to edit those out such that the whole song becomes mistake-free and in tune.
However, during live performances, it is a 'one-try' thing and the singers do not have any allowances for mistakes. Furthermore, many singers dance while singing, and it is very hard to control their breathing and singing at the same time, which is why many singers tend to go off-tune or become breathless during their songs.


but their voices shouldnt be that off right? even if its just a one time thing, it should at least bear some similarity to their recorded songs.


I agree with Yonomi33..
It also about the artistes singing ability..not every artist can sing live.

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Posted 10/19/08
cmon, we all know the process of recording, why ask??
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Posted 10/19/08
I believe this is because
1.) a live performance requires confidence and it is a one-chance performance. recording takes a lot of NGs.
2.) If you play musical instruments, you will know that you make mistakes almost everytime you play (be it tempo or dynamic or notes).
3.) This is also about LUCK. even if you are talented, human makes mistakes, who know when you make the mistakes, especially when it is LIVE.
4.) However, if you get a LIVE performance similar to that of a recorded one, the one that is recorded will sound worse (or lousier) because of limitations to recording.
5.) The singer might not get the chance to try out his singing before so many audiences.
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Posted 10/19/08
It also depends on wether you are actually there, If they are playing live, with you attending the concert in person, it will probably sound a lot better then you playing a live video on you computer. Recorded songs are often refined to sound a lot better, and its also put together a certain way, where the instruments are recorded individually and then put together with high studio precision paying attention to timing and shit. The band might also just be fucking around, just having fun and stuff, not paying that much attention to quality. And its a really complicated procedure when it comes to live performances, you need techs for the instruments, and a stage crew and theres just too much going on to guarentee a perfect perfromance.... Also youtubes sound quality just sucks, so that can also be a problem.
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Posted 10/19/08
might be becoz Aya Hirano uses her cute seiyuu voice to do the songs? also maybe that they use little tricks here and there to improve the song quality and all that. Technology can get you very far these days. And also they might have lots of tries to get the recorded songz right.
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Posted 11/2/08
well not always..You should check out Iced earth live they are 10 times better live!Mat barlow=god
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Posted 11/2/08
Well I think because like for example, Wonder Girls, they sound better in their recording but when they sing live, it's not that good. I think it's because they have to do dance moves at the same time and when they're not singing, they dance and then when it's their turn to sing, they get out of breath by dancing when they weren't singing...do you get me?^^

Love Wonder Girls!! They rock!^^
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