SH Spotlight A few angry (but sort of funny) notes people sent me about my mastering work, imagined defects.....

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. graystoke

    graystoke Forum Resident

    LOL! Spoken like a true Aussie!
  2. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!

    United States
    This was before this forum ever existed.
  3. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    I thought this deserved a mention in this thread!

    I’m currently reading Kate Bush’s biography and apparently The Sensual World 12” single release had a double-grooved A-Side so that either the song or an instrumental version of the song would be played depending on where the needle was placed. Mischievously she didn’t tell the record company so it wasn’t labelled as such on the record. Suffice to say there were many returns as people thought that the “record has lost it's vocals” and the “vocals have gone missing” to the point that EMI added a sticker! ;-)
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Reading my first post again and those comments really cracked me up. I'll try and find some more complaints.
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  5. Jason Pumphrey

    Jason Pumphrey Forum Resident

    Not music, but I was in Barnes and Noble over the weekend, and a guy was returning a Criterion Collection Blu-ray because the picture was too grainy, I'm serious!
    I guess he wanted it to look like Avatar, lol!
  6. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    "Return: Jackson Browne-Late for the Sky. Fart sound on Walking Slow"
  7. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    "Why is there hiss on my Beetles Vinyls?"
  8. vonwegen

    vonwegen Forum Resident

    Or have him contact Michael Anthony, who will of course apologize for playing too loud....
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  9. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    Heck, film grain is the reason I purchase blu-ray!
  10. ricks

    ricks Custom Title Revoked

    Because of stupid *@$!'s folks like that the rest of us seldom get nice things in audio or video.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
  11. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 Forum Diplomat.

    Liverpool, England

    Marvellous, thanks for sharing.

    The first one reminded me of this John Martyn anecdote relating to Danny Thompson:

    "We were doing a studio gig at the BBC. An apprentice engineer calls down on the Tannoy, 'Mr Thompson, we are getting a strange buzzing noise on the bass.' Danny puts down the bass, marches up into the control booth and says 'That son is tone and its taken me twenty years to get it."
    - John Martyn annecdote concerning Danny Thompson
  12. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    I posted this on the AFTER MIDNIGHT thread but it belongs here as well!

    Had a funny complaint about the AFTER MIDNIGHT by a so-called "audiophile" over the weekend. He cornered me and told me that he thought he had a defective SACD because the violin sounded so terrible. Had to laugh. I broke it to him that Stuff Smith played his fiddle through a guitar amp and what did he expect? That's the sound that Stuff was famous for. He looked at me like I was poop on his shoe and strolled off. Can you believe it? Here is a pic of an AFTER MIDNIGHT song being recorded at the Tower. Note Stuff and his amp.

    Nat After midnight two.jpg
  13. zen

    zen Senior Member

    Had some chuckles, thanks for posting Steve.
  14. Peter_R

    Peter_R Maple Syrup Gort Staff

    Montreal, Canada
    My favourites are the subjective complaints, like the one about Orbison's Greatest Hits. That's just precious.
  15. Peter_R

    Peter_R Maple Syrup Gort Staff

    Montreal, Canada
    One of my friends works in a record store. Some recent gems:

    Customer holding a copy of Steve Miller's Greatest Hits: "So, is this like a compilation?"

    The winner:

    "I'm trying to get into jazz. I was thinking of John Coltrane. Does he have any records that sound like the Rat Pack? Something that really swings, like Van Morrison's Moondance"

    I laughed the rest of the afternoon.
  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    At least he's trying.
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  17. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    All true, of course. :winkgrin:
  18. kaztor

    kaztor Music is the Best

    Better select those snappy radio edits! :frog:

    He should consider selling it on Ebay.
  19. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    That "songs too long" cracked me up all over again.
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    This is what that guy was complaining about. Electric Fiddle, dude! Pinchas Zukerman it ain't.

  21. SergioRZ

    SergioRZ Well-Known Member

    Nothing like experience to learn about Humans... nobody teaches this in schools, and they should! No two Humans alike, so it seems :D
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  22. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    I'm laughing about the guitar that is supposedly out of tune on the CD...but not on the guy's record. :laugh:
  23. autodidact

    autodidact Forum Resident

    Honestly, I find that Criterion often does tend to emphasize the grain. It may well be accurate, but not necessarily pleasing, IMO. They could do some moderate grain reduction, I believe, without unnaturally smoothing the image. I'm thinking particularly of My Dinner With Andre and Kagemusha.
  24. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    I've read the same things here on records, people haven't heard yet. :)
  25. kaztor

    kaztor Music is the Best

    Not DCC-related, but here goes...

    Steely Dan - Katy Lied & Aja (Steve's masterings):

    Return: Too warm and too dynamic, as if you're sitting in a studio in the 70's. I rather liked that squishy, trebly sound from the '99 remasters I used to have. At least I didn't have to fool with the volume too often on those train rides.
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