“I suffer from what my friend Leo Abrahams calls the honky offset-the tendency of white players to be early on the beat…It’s eleven milliseconds. If you delay the recording by that much, it sounds much better.”
—Brian Eno in a recent (good) New Yorker article about the neurological roots of time perception.
In normal conditions, sound travels about twelve feet in eleven milliseconds. Set the white players up twelve feet further back on the stage. Boom. Perfect time alignment.