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)
5)vocal compressor slammed too hard
So how do I not get irritated and say "what the hell are you talking about?"
keep calm and take the money
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
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.....