Please help me understand my own ears...

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by bongostealth, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I may just be the only one with this issue, but if not, here goes...

    Do any of you ever experience the following: on any particular day, your gear sounds great. You've tweaked your amp, effects, bass, etc. to the point where you are very happy with the sound. Then, the next day, or whenever else you use your gear again, and without changing anything on any of your settings, you all of a sudden discover that you don't like your sound and thus feel disappointed in your sound. Is it just my ears or is there an actual name for this???

    It drives me nuts sometimes because it seems that what sounds good on a particular day sounds like crap on another. What gives????
  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    It's all in the brain
    See the thread on on "Audio Myths"
    It's a good read, and some of the reference get into things like "color"

    Part of it is contextual

    These chess pieces are exactly the same, only the background changes

    The background contextual sound may be other stuff you're hearing, or your state of mind. Maybe the actual sound is identical to yesterday, but the context is different, even if it's only in your mind.