GibsonPhoenix wrote:For their DVD/ Blu Ray releases most of the concerts are meant to sell. These concerts are usually not taken during a regular tour or so, but held separately (I think).
Usually they seem to try to release DVD's of "special" shows. Even the First Live DVD was taken from a short series of Christmas shows. But I'm pretty sure the second DVD was just from the Temptation Box hall tour. After that, they started only releasing DVD's of the big arena shows.
up on to the point where the whole thing is re-recorded in the studio an therefore re-synced with the recording.
Don't get me wrong this is no accusation and I love SCANDAL's live recordings. It just seems to be common practice and wouldn't be wondering, if this was done here as well, at least partly.
It definitely was not done on the Budokan disc, I can at least tell you that. There are some very specific things I remember hearing in the audience at that show that are on the disc. It's possible they did some "selective" re-recording, I guess, but I don't think so. I'm usually pretty good at detecting any shenanigans like that, because it drives me nuts, especially when I was there. (I did not detect the lip-syncing until it was pointed out, because that's what I heard at the arena and it blended with the real vocals just as well in person as it does on the disc.)
If your compare their concert releases with other live recordings, like from festivals etc. you can here a difference. It is quite normal to miss a note or two while singing/ playing, but on those concerts, you usually don't here one of those, which is quite suspicious
Their official releases definitely have a lot more processing, and recently, auto-tune. I don't believe they started with the wholesale auto-tune until "Wonderful Tonight", though. The fact that they sound better than they do on some YouTube videos on the discs prior to that is probably just down to other sound processing/mixing, a better/more controlled monitor setup at the venue they were playing at, and honestly, probably just more effort on their part. When they know a concert is going to be released on DVD, I'm sure they try really hard to stay on key, even more than normal.
Even still, on the older discs you can often hear them get off key a little bit, but it sounds fine both because the mix sort of covers it up, but also because we know they're human. YT videos, though, often aren't mixed well and they don't have control over the monitor setup at the venue.