I hate to say this, guys - but many of Jim's points are spot on. He does bring up legitimate cost and value concerns - which should
be addressed by aspiring young studio owners, engineers and producers, etc. And we should all be careful about the promised, advertised and coveted voo doo of any piece of hw or sw.
And although I think it might have been done in a "classier" way, I do believe it's IMPORTANT that genuine opinions can be EXPRESSED around here. Again, determined users can and WILL find out for themselves whether a piece of gear works for them, and we should NOT be so fearful of GS advertisers that we can't say what we truly think! And let's face it - there is a LOT of hype in the gear market advertising and publicity!
On a personal note, I will likely never pay $50k for a summing mixer. And my finished work goes out mixed entirely ITB to broadcast syndicated and indy TV, film, radio, web, etc. No summing hw involved.
But I do agree with Kenny and some others here - that it is a bit tricky because of the potential lack of relevance with some of the points in the new product thread. Kenny, your suggestion to split the thread out was a fine one, IMO.
Plush, you seem to have a genuine issue with Jim, which I'm not familiar with, and I certainly give you the benefit of the doubt here.
Of course, the grumpy old man thing can be inappropriate and a turn off - and I know I'm guilty of this myself sometimes.
I hope things get smoothed out - because, again, despite the grumpy old man stuff, Jim has a lot of valid points.
I catch myself being overly cynical sometimes, and recognize that I probably just need a hug at that moment.
Lastly, if I want to keep a thread positive, I will - as Kenny did - ask a mod to split it, or better yet - simply START A NEW ONE -
or, even BETTER
, post a pleasant reminder in the thread that you're trying to keep the thread positive, and ask that posters respect this -
which ALMOST ALWAYS WORKS! You can see this in my Michael Jackson thread here: Post here if you worked on Michael Jackson's DANGEROUS album
This is actually a GREAT example of a thread that got merged with another OP's thread on MJ - because we wanted to keep all the posts from MJ's engineers focused in one place! Obviously, the mods are super busy, and we can't expect them to honor every request - but if you're nice, you might get a favor here and there.