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Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
This is EXACTLY WHY I BEMAON MODERN DAWS. There used to be high quality musicianship. You had to be good enough to nail it in a couple of takes. And if you couldn't they HIRED SOMEONE who could. Back in the days you had killer anonymous session players who could read and play anything, any style. Now you have a bunch of mediocre players who expect the engineer to fix it for them. I STILL try to get it right. Argh.

DAWs have spelled the end of great musicianship. If the band came in to record and they sucked you got the tape as evidence. THEN you knew what you had to work on, because YOU SUCKED. Then you practiced really hard and came back three months later to do it better. No illusions. No studio tricks. It was all up to your musical ability.

Well, it's not 1975 anymore, and yes, there are a LOT of amateurs and hacks playing with daws, but that's what happens when an industry becomes democratized - would you really rather go back to the good old days when the mob controlled the money, the gatekeepers picked the talent and your ability as an individual to control and realize your art was essentially non-existent?

I didn't think so.

The DAW hasn't killed the "art", it may be harder to be heard over the din, but the potential and possibility to have a career - controlled by you - is finally a reality.