If you have a recording you feel would be an addition to the archive, please let us know via email at admin [at] depechemode-live [dot] com or post on our forums. We would be glad to digitize and share any cassette tape, DAT, MiniDisc or VHS/S-VHS of a Depeche Mode or solo member's tour recording, no matter your geographical location, the quality or generation of the recording, or how many tapes you may have. The webmaster lives in Florida, USA, but we have helpful contacts in Europe who can help orchestrate shipping to make it as easy and inexpensive for you as possible to contribute your tapes.
Please note that even if a source is already available from a given date and you have an old cassette with the same recording, your copy may be an upgrade in quality over the circulating copy depending on the cassette's generation. In addition, many older recordings on cassette were transferred using inferior equipment or with poor care, thus resulting in a digital copy that doesn't sound as good as it should. Our serviced and upgraded Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck will extract as many details as possible from any tape, with the best speed stability and virtually zero additional wow & flutter to what is inherently recorded on the cassette.
Also keep in mind that even if you yourself taped a gig on cassette and used the same exact portable cassette recorder to later playback and capture the master tape, it still may not sound as good as possible. The vast majority of decks which use a combination record/playback head will record better than they can play back, so please consider lending your tape to transfer even in such cases.
A similar concept applies to MiniDisc recordings: if the MD was not transferred digitally and instead was an analog capture, the sound will be degraded. We are able to perform digital transfers of your MiniDiscs (see our equipment), so please let us know if you have any to contribute!
We have high-end equipment to digitize PAL VHS, S-VHS, and NTSC 8mm/Hi8 tapes as well; similar reasoning applies to video tapes as it does to cassettes. Sorry, I'm still working on getting an NTSC S-VHS VCR.
Alternate recordings of officially released content are also accepted and would be greatly appreciated - this includes audience recordings of concerts which have been released as soundboard recordings by "Live Here Now" from the 2005-2006 Touring The Angel and 2009-2010 Touring The Universe tours.
If you have a recording on a format not listed here, feel free to email us anyway - we most likely have a colleague who can transfer the recording using high end equipment. Your contribution will be shared on this wiki as well as on DIME, unless the recording is against their upload rules for some reason.
If you are interested in the equipment at our disposal for transferring recordings, please see the Equipment page.
Any recordings which meet the criteria below are desirable, so please contact us:
- Any audience recordings from concerts that have also had FM broadcasts; see a list of FM broadcasts here
- Any recordings that do not circulate or were thought not to exist from a given date
- Any recordings previously only available in MP3 or other lossy formats
- Any more complete variants of a recording
- Any very commonly circulating tape, but which is currently only available as a high-generation copy
- Known generation tapes, even if a copy of the same recording is already circulating
- Any interview not already listed in the interviews section; if you don't know the date or other details of the interview, feel free to send it to us anyway and we'll try to determine that. Any interviews you may have on an analog format would also be welcome, we would be more than happy to digitize and share it.
Most wanted recordings
We are also searching for the following recordings in particular:
- 1982-02-10 BBC Paris Studio, London, England, UK - master FM broadcast recording of the original broadcast; both available FM broadcast recordings are incomplete, and BBC 6 Music digital broadcast has little dynamic range
- 1985-07-09 Theatre De Verdure, Nice, France - there are many variants of audience recordings from this concert, all with similar quality, but some may be longer than others and contain missing content not found on most of the more common variants
- 1985-07-13 Rockscene Festival, Guehenno, France - audience and FM broadcast sources
- 1994-04-10 Complejo Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile - master or low-gen recording of the FM broadcast, or simply a lossless recording of the broadcast, it doesn't have to be from a tape that you own; any physical media format is acceptable. The existing source has MiniDisc in the lineage.
Ticket stub and tour poster scans, setlist sheet pictures or scans, and any concert photos you may have taken or have access to and permission to share would be welcome additions as well. Feel free to email these to admin [at] depechemode-live [dot] com. Please do not submit ticket stub scans taken from the official depechemode.com archives. The contributors of the scans gave explicit permission to use their scans only to the official archive site at the time of ticket submission. Do feel free to submit your ticket scans you provide for this wiki to the official site archives as well - you can find submission requirements at the bottom of any tour's subpage on the official archive.
See Ticket scans for a list of dates we have ticket scans for. If you have ticket scans to contribute, please scan them to PNG format if possible and email them to admin [at] depechemode-live [dot] com along with what name you would like to be credited with. High-quality photographs are also acceptable.
Setlist sheet pictures
We are missing several setlist sheet pictures from the 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour. Please help us out by contributing a photo or scan of the setlist sheet for the following dates:
- 2013-07-13 Optimus Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2013-06-13 Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2013-06-07 Stade De Suisse, Berne, Switzerland
- 2013-07-09 Moon and Stars (Piazza Grande Locarno), Locarno, Switzerland
- 2013-07-27 Vingis Park, Vilnius, Lithuania
- 2013-11-03 du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- 2013-11-21 Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
- 2014-01-29 Bercy, Paris, France