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There's a fuzzing/buzzing on the track. Mix it again
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5th July 2013
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There's a fuzzing/buzzing on the track. Mix it again

I just had this just now.
Guitarist says "there's like a buzzing on the track but it's not there on the rough mix so perhaps you should start from that" (sends me the rough mix).
So before I go right back to square one and start all over I think it's worth thinking about the jargon clients use to describe noises and how that can throw you off track.
I've had this a lot where a client says "it's distorting" "it's farting" "it's cracking up" and then I ask a whole lot of questions like a doctor "is it a sharp pain or dull ache" etc to find out what they mean. The answers to the distortion have been so varied
1) client's system had master volume up full and input next to zero
2)client had been converting MP3 to Wav or something which had brought the level above zero
3) lot's of sub 60hz info (my fault)
4)fret buzz
5)vocal compressor slammed too hard
So how do I not get irritated and say "what the hell are you talking about?"
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Haha yeah I know the feeling.

A husband of a client once complained of a weird white noise sound that turned out to be a snare played with brushes :P
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Don't talk to me about the husband of a client

brushes eh? It starts to get tricky when the actually sounds of the musical instruments are seen as problem artefacts

BTW the way I think this particular fuzzing or buzzing was a street noise sound effect at the beginning of the track
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bring him in to the studio and let him play with the solo buttons until he finds his buzzing.
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6th July 2013
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Oh well, at least it seems like you've found the problem
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7th July 2013
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Actually I daren't open the emails until monday, I don't want to get pissed off all over again. But if he's still not happy then Joeq that is a good idea.
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8th July 2013
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OK so I opened the emails today.
I think this is almost one for "stupidest things said in a session".
So having sent a file called ***** mix no SFX he said.
"yup that's better, can we try one with no FX at all?"

This of course is after months of
"the singing sounds clefty"
"the toms aren't tuned right for my guitar" etc etc

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Years ago I mastered a couple of tunes for a guy. I got an email from him saying "on *****, there is an annoying rapping/tapping sound. Shouldn't that have been taken out, when it was mastered?" I listened to the track and replied, "Do you mean the snare drum?"....."Oh yeah. Nevermind...."

Forgive them, for they know not what in blazes they're hearing.....
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