From another thread: Taken in conjunction with The Music Man’s mantra “Perception is reality” and also this statement from my guide to recording “Be realistic about the outcome. Even the best engineers and Producers in the World will not make Eccleswick Colliery Silver Band sound like YBS!”, I’ve got a few questions about how we perceive how we sound (I’m putting together a talk about how to get the best out of recording sessions for next year – so I guess I’m looking for homework answers ) How do we react when we hear ourselves play? It’s becoming increasingly common for Bands outside of the Championship / 1st Section to record CDs (thankfully ) but what exactly do we expect up front? Do we compare ourselves to our CD collection? If we do, do we use a ‘fair’ comparison – so a Band from a similar section? Or are we hoping for (expecting?) a CD that does indeed come close to YBS, Dyke or Grimey? Is there a middle ground? Do we accept that there may be some things that either aren’t covered or maybe can’t be fixed? In the limited time that’s available to cover all your programme material, do you expect there to be compromises made and if you do, what are they? Accepting the odd split note? A bar of dubious intonation? What are your post-production expectations – what is your perception of what can be done after you’ve recorded? What happens if the recording falls outside your expectation? (and this last thing is the perception / reality thing I guess – if all of the perception of my playing career was reality, I’d have won every contest I’d ever entered ) Feel free to give opinion on anything else that falls in this general category – I’m just looking to see if there's anything people would like to see in this colloquium (in addition to stuff from the guide that’s already written).