As anyone who has recorded themselvs knows, what you hear and what the microphone hears can be two different things. Im sure we have all listened to a recording of ourselves and cringed. My question is, why can we here things on a recording that we can't hear when we are in the middle of playing it? Why can't we hear that our hi hat is too loud, how we speed up, or slow down, or just plain can't groove? I have a couple of ideas. One is that when we are playing, we are mixing together what's in our head with what's coming out of our drums. My snare is laid back in my head, so I don't notice it rushing as much in my ears. The other reason is that all the coordination takes up so much brain power that we don't have enough left over to really listen. I just wish I could edit myself in real time like I can on a recording. What are your ideas on why we need to record ourselves to really hear ourselves?