With a few changes here and there, things are the same for me. I still rely on a band for all at once tracking, then I can do some overdubs on top. But the solution, for me, is to HIRE guys, or get guys where time is a valuable commodity, whether they charge me for it or not, and track. Therefore there ARE NO endless takes. You get what you get. And for tracking I have a policy where we do the whole take, if it's a band take. We don't punch in the drums or have a band punch in at he bridge. I like the actual time continuum of music as it plays and I don't like interrupting that with punch ins.
For me this helps, in my little way, to preserve the integrity of the music. And it's all about the music. For me it's not ABOUT technology. That's an ancillary tool that doesn't even have anything to do with its creation or realization.
I think a lot of people, me too for a time, got caught up in the toys and the smoke and mirrors and the coolness of it and forgot that the music has NOTHING TO DO with any of that. That music today, to me, can sound so good, yet often have so little actual content, is evidence, again to me, of the worshipful-ness of the god of technology over the creativeness of pure human, head, heart, hands, flesh and blood, musical imagination. And for me this is still best expressed by a musician learning an instrument well and playing with other musicans, the old fashion way, beginning to end, song after song. Not so much isolated musicians doing computer generated algorithms, punch, record play, cut and paste, fool the listener type music.
I think it all comes around in it's time. Today it's robot music for robot times. That what it seems like to me.