Or maybe, can the room make intonation errors seem better or worse?
I ask because I've been doing a lot of home recording in preparation for my band spending some time in a studio. I hear myself as horribly out of tune, and that may be just the end of the story--I'm horribly out of tune. Obviously, "in tune" is pretty much and objectively verifiable thing--you either are or are not in tune.
But on a LOT of classic jazz recordings the bass is out of tune here and there. Not long ago my daughter was playing the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Xmas album. Man, Monty Budwig was out of tune a lot.
Paul Chambers was often out of tune here and there. But it doesn't bother me much
So do my intonation errors sound bad to me because
A: they are just really bad, end of story
B: They're mine, and we're all more sensitive to our own mistakes
C: the room acoustics are making them sound worse
The clip below was recorded in my little home office, a small untreated room lined with books and guitars and cluttered with stuff. The drums are a loop, the guitar was recorded direct by me and faked into stereo. The bass was recorded in the room through a condenser mic. The track has compression and eq and a bit of verb. Is it me, or memorex? When Lights Are Low