DMB's Audio Vault

By Waldo Jaquith
Dave Matthews Band has taped all of their shows since their earliest days, with the process for doing only getting more complex over time. Their setup is quite impressive -- 48 tracks of 24-bit audio, redundantly multitracked on tape and hard drives, archived on up to 120 CDs per show, which are vacuum-sealed in plastic, closed into PVC piping, and archived in three different climate-controlled locations. For the details on this intricate arrangement, see Mix Magazine's interview with veteran DMB sound man Jeff Thomas.