You play a recording and it sounds TERRIBLE!
After you pull it off the turntable, out of the CD tray, away from the 8-track player, or yank it out of your cassette deck, how do you re-set?
Yesterday, went to melody Records and found a clencleanclean copy of Aja, and since my records are 600 miles away, I shot 2 bucks into Donald Fagen's pocket and took her home and cleaned her up and had my way with her.
But, I digress.
I also found a pristine copy of Ben Webster's "For the Gov'nor," which I had never even heard of before and gave it a whirl.
Low treble glare up the ying yang! Yup, right up both the ying and the yang!
Like a sonic ice pick to the back of your eye kind of glare.
I gutted out decent renditions of "I Got It Bad" and "Sentimental Mood," but it polluted my ears.
Off it went, and when I put on a new disc, it sounded bad, too, but I know it not to be so!
The demons of foul low treble glare had infested my rig!
Switch to CD and, "Bam! same thing!
Even a switch to the gold CD of "Kind of Blue" made Miles' trumpet sound fuzzy/frizzy at the start of "So What." (And, by the way, doesn't "So What" sound alot like "Day In - Day Out?")
Now, as Keanu said in the bus bomb (literal and figurative bomb, eh?) "What do you do? What DO you do?"
Have you ever had a bad recording possess you rig? Infest it with foul spirits of glare, harshness, seeming distortion, or other general sonic mayhem?
How did you 'shake it off,' so to speak?
What's your protocol?
(I don't wanna spoil any answers with my solution yet.)