Bootleg Tutorials supplies free & easy to follow tutorials centered around bootleg audio & video trading. While doing this we also have a Trading Terms dictionary to help traders navigate some of the jargon used in bootleg trading.


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

How To Create A Frequency Analysis Using HAT (Hub Audio Tools)

Checking Audio Shows For Lossy Sources

Possibly the easiest way to create a frequency analysis is using the HAT software. Although you cannot download it from that page, you can get good information on what it is used for and how to use it. For your convenience I have a download of this tool HERE.

NOTE: The HAT tool will need to be run as an administrator if you are using Windows 7 or above. To run it as an administrator simply right click the "HubAudioTools.exe" file and in the menu choose "Run as administrator".

HAT - Run As Administrator

What is a frequency analysis?

Simply put, its a frequency graph that you can use to find out if a show is mp3 or lossy sourced.

Why do traders use frequency analysis?

Many traders do not wish to "pollute" the trading pool with lossy sourced shows. Traders use the frequency analysis to determine if a show is lossy sourced. This is the quickest & easiest way to find out if your show is true lossless or not.


The first thing you will need to do is have your HAT ready.


If you have not already download the HAT tool and unzip it to a place on your computer where you can locate it easily. I unzipped mine to a "TRADE" folder that I leave on my desktop.


Open your HAT tools & prepare to find a file to analyze.

HAT Screen 1


HAT Screen 2


To analyze a file you just need to click the folder at the top left.

HAT Screen 3


Navigate to the file you want to analyze.

HAT Screen 4


After you find the file click the "Open" button. Give the program a few moments to load the file. You will see a progress meter at the bottom left.

HAT Screen 5


You should see the file you picked at the top of the program window.


Now you can begin your frequency analysis. Click the "Frequency analysis" button to your left. 

HAT Screen 7

BLUE: Frequency analysis button engaged.

YELLOW: The name of your file you wish to analyze.


Click the green arrow next to the window that shows your file name to start the analysis.

HAT Screen 8

Once you click that button an animated graph will start. You can usually tell when watching the graph if it will be mp3 sourced or not, but a good practice to apply is getting a screen shot of the frequency analysis. This is important because some other traders may require it or it maybe mandatory to upload the show to a site like DIME or TTD. This is the outcome of the screen shot made of the graph.

HAT Screen 9

How Do I Make That Screen Shot?

You can make the screen shot easily in the HAT software if you ran it as an administrator as stated at the beginning of this tutorial. 
After you click the green arrow and the song is playing you can grab your screen shot. The program will do this for you just by following these simple steps below.


To automatically place a screen shot in the same folder as the show click the little disk icon at the top right. This will place an image file in your show directory called "Frequency Analysis.jpg".

HAT Screen 10

Now check your show to see that the file is there. That's it! Nothing else to do to grab a screen shot! 

Any comments or questions? Post them below!

Thursday, December 15, 2022

How Can I Tell If A Video Is AUD Or PRO?

 How Can I Tell If A Video Is AUD Or PRO

 What are the differences between audience & pro shot shows?

AUDIENCE SHOT: A fan made audience version will sometimes be shaky, bouncy and/or blurry. Many times you get shots of hands/heads and sometimes the band is not even in the frame at all. Audience shows vary in sound. Some are really great because some filmers carry a separate recorder just for audio that they can sync up later when mastering the video, some are so-so & some are just unlistenable.


Behemoth - Live in Bogota, Colombia (FULL SET) - Nov 27th, 2022
In this first example the camera work is not terribly bad for an AUD shot show. You do see some heads, hands etc, but the sound is pretty good & the overall filming is not bad. 

SLIPKNOT live @ Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque NM 10/1/22

Then you have audience shows similar to this. The sound is distorted, the camera work is really shakey because the filmer got caught in the pit.

PRO SHOT: There are some great audience shots out that that you have to really assess the quality and camera angles to see if its a PRO or AUD shot show. Most of the time a PRO shot show will have multiple camera angles, you will notice that usually the video is pretty steady & clear. Another tale tale sign of a PRO shot will be any type of insignia from the TV show or channel that may be visible on the screen. Some channel examples of this are WDR:Rockpalast & ARTE Concert. Unlike an audience version the sound will usually be crisp and originate from a soundboard. PRO shots also have great close ups you usually will not find in an audience shot show. 


Iron Maiden - Live at Rock in Rio 2022 (Full Show)

Notice the logo in the top left corner and the hashtag on the right. This is pretty typical of many PRO shots. Also notice the close-ups and the stage shots.

Metallica - Lollapalooza 2022 - Full Show HD

Again notice the insignia's in the corners, the multi-cam approach and the crisp sound & picture. 

Please feel free to comment below if you have anything to add!

How Can I Tell If A Show Is AUD Or SBD Sourced?

 How Can I Tell If A Show Is AUD Or SBD Sourced?

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 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. Any show that was taken from a professional source is usually considered 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.

How Can I Tell If A Show Was Taped From The Audience?

Sometimes its almost impossible to tell the difference because some "soundboards" sound like absolute shit where as there are some audience shows that are stellar. Typically if you hear a lot of crowd noise, the sound is really low, the microphone fluctuates, people talking/screaming right next to the taper or static its probably an audience recording. There is no true tried method to figure out if a show is AUD or SBD sourced, you just have to listen as carefully as you can and try and figure it out.

What If I Can't Tell If It's Audience Sourced Or Not?

If you cannot tell if a show is audience or soundboard, your best bet is to do some research on other trader's pages to see how they have it listed. I always keep a certain amount of trade pages in my bookmarks for reference if I need it. I would suggest looking at a few sites to see how its listed. One trader may have it incorrect, so its best to check a few sites to see. Sometimes you just may have to take your best guess or leave the source of the show off of your list entirely.

Got more information to share on this topic? Feel free to jump in with a comment!

Helpful Tips For Completing A Snail Mail Trade

 Helpful Tips For Completing A Snail Mail Trade

 Snail Mail Trading Tips

If you find yourself setting up a Snail Mail trade, these tips may help your trade go along more smoothly. In this day & time its probably a little weird to think about trading via postal mail, but in some instances you may have to. Not all traders have lightning fast internet speeds and sometimes it maybe worth it just to get a really rare show through the mail!

Helpful Tips For Snail Mail Trading

  • ALWAYS read the other trader's rules & follow them.
  • NEVER burn a CDR, DVD or Blu-Ray TAO or Track At Once. Always burn DAO (Disc at once)
  • Always keep in touch during the trade process. Communication is key to avoiding misunderstandings.
  • Always place your discs in a padded bubble mailer envelope (as shown below).

Helpful Tips For Completing A Snail Mail Trade: Bubble Mailers

PRO TIP: If you find yourself doing quite a few Snail Trades always keep the old bubble mailers you got from other traders. You can place a piece of printer paper over the envelope to block out the last addresses or you can even use a black marker to mark them out. You can also use packing or duct tape to seal the mailer up again. This will save you money in the long run.

Helpful Tips For Completing A Snail Mail Trade: CD Sleeves
  • Use CD Sleeves (as shown above) or printer paper to enclose the discs to keep them from getting scratched in transit. For directions on how to make your own CD Envelopes watch the video below.
  • If you are sending shows abroad always check the "Gift" box on the customs form. This ensures that the other trader does not have to pay any extra fees just to get their shows.
  • Don't write on the discs unless the other trader asks you to. To indicate the show info most traders are fine with post-it notes, small pieces of paper placed in the sleeve or writing on the sleeve itself.
  • Always send the package via Air Mail NEVER Ground. Ground can take weeks to reach a destination.

How To Make A CD/DVD Envelope Out Of Printer Paper

Have information to add? Be sure to comment below!

AUD Source: Trader Terms


AUD Source

AUD Source:

I'm sure by now many of you have seen AUD on another traders list. For those of you who do not know, this usually refers to a audience sourced show in audio or video. Audience sourced means that the show was taped by a fan in the audience with their own gear. Tapers/Filmers typically will sneak gear into a show and tape or film it to trade later.

Bad Traders / Good Traders: Trade Terms

 Bad Traders / Good Traders

 This one will most likely be pretty well obvious to most traders, but just in case there are some noobs out there that do not understand the concept here goes. 


Good traders are those people who you have a smooth or semi-smooth trade with. You contact each other and every thing goes fine, there are no issues with the trade or the shows you received. 


Bad traders are those that do not complete the trade for what ever reason. Sometimes there are things beyond ones control, those people I personally would not list as a bad trader if the trade went sour. 

An example would be:

You are involved in a trade with John for 5 shows. You do not hear back from John for a couple of days after you uploaded & gave him the links to download the shows. You contact John and he gets back to you telling you that he is sorry, but he has not uploaded your shows yet because someone in his family died.

As long as John completed the trade when he was able to, I would not consider him a bad trader. 

A slow trader is usually not considered a bad trader either. Some people are just slow because they have 20 kids, 3 jobs and 4 wives! Yeah, well you get the point anyways. Some people are slow because they are dealing with families, work and life in general.

Some examples of bad traders are:

  •  A seller. If you find out that someone is selling shows no matter how they do it, most traders would consider them a bad trader. 
  • A rip-off artist! Again most traders would consider them a bad trader. By rip-off, I mean they never send you the shows, they keep giving you many excuses and in the end you never get the shows you asked for. 

If you have questions about what to consider a bad trader, please post it below!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Reference List For USA State Abbreviations

 Reference List For USA State Abbreviations: US Map

 Over the years I have noticed that sometimes states, countries & cities get really mixed up on some trader's lists. For obvious reasons if you do not live in that particular country you may have some trouble with this aspect of listing shows. This reference list is here to help you match the US states with the proper abbreviations.




Alabama: AL
Alaska: AK
Arizona: AZ
Arkansas: AR
California: CA
Colorado: CO
Connecticut: CT
Delaware: DE
Florida: FL
Georgia: GA
Hawaii: HI
Idaho: ID
Illinois: IL
Indiana: IN
Iowa: IA
Kansas: KS
Kentucky: KY
Louisiana: LA
Maine: ME
Maryland: MD
Massachusetts: MA
Michigan: MI
Minnesota: MN
Mississippi: MS
Missouri: MO
Montana: MT
Nebraska: NE
Nevada: NV
New Hampshire: NH
New Jersey: NJ
New Mexico: NM
New York: NY
North Carolina: NC
North Dakota: ND
Ohio: OH
Oklahoma: OK
Oregon: OR
Pennsylvania: PA
Rhode Island: RI
South Carolina: SC
South Dakota: SD
Tennessee: TN
Texas: TX
Utah: UT
Vermont: VT
Virginia: VA
Washington: WA

 Washington District Of Colombia: Washington DC (Technically Washington DC is NOT a state. Its a district. There is some talk recently given the January 6th insurrection that in order to be fully protected Washington DC should be made into its own state. They are still talking about this and have not done it yet. Also don't confuse Washington DC with Washington [WA] state. They are on opposite sides of the country.)

West Virginia: WV
Wisconsin: WI
Wyoming: WY


1. I've seen quite a bit of confusion over the city Los Angeles as opposed to the state Louisiana. Los Angeles is abbreviated as "LA" just like Louisiana so its not surprising that this happens. Some things to keep in mind when trying to decide if the show is in Los Angeles or Louisiana. Typical cities in Louisiana that have concerts are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles & Shreveport. So if the show is listed with one of these cities, its in the state of Louisiana (LA). For clarity its New Orleans, LA and so on. If the show is listed as "CA" or California then its most likely from Los Angeles.

Reference List For USA State Abbreviations: Puerto Rico Map
Florida (shown at top in the yellow circle), Puerto Rico (shown in the blue circle) & Mexico is to the west.

2. Puerto Rico is NOT in Mexico!!! I've seen this on SEVERAL lists. Puerto Rico is a sovereign state of the United States and is located on the opposite side of North America. Puerto Rico is directly below Florida in the US. An example of listing a show from Puerto Rico would be San Juan, PR. San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico.