At risk of being a crotchety old man around here... There's a lot I love about how computers and the internet have democratized the recording process. I love that in my home studio I have the ability to record as many as eight separate inputs at a time in better-than-tape resolution, I can layer essentially as many tracks as I want on top of each other in a mix, I have nearly limitless ability to add and route FX, and digital audio allows me the ability to do nondestructive editing to my heart's content. I can then share recordings on my own website, post about them on discussion boards reaching a global audience of people who are potentially interested in the same sort of music I am, and if I want to print up CDs and sell music physically or on download/streaming platforms. It's become incredibly easy to make an album if you don't mind putting the work in and doing it yourself. But, if the upside of digital technology is anyone can make an album, the downside is, well, anyone can make an album. For better or for worse the cost of studio time and the lock labels had on distribution were filtering mechanisms that meant only bands that profit-oriented third parties thought had songs people would want to hear, and the playing chops to pull them off, were making music. Twenty years ago, the very question of whether or not a band was tight enough to play a song live in the studio without needing a click would have been totally alien - if you couldn't hold time, the odds of you ever being in a studio were so infinitesimally low that the whole question was moot. So, computer recording is awesome, and I think it's awesome that I can make really legitimately good-sounding recordings working in a home studio today. But, the downside is for every Periphery you get, you also get a HAARP machine, and a ton of "check out my mixtest!" threads containing music that A&R guys wouldn't give a second listen to. It's kind of crazy just how much our thinking about the recording process has changed in even 20 years. I guess I'm firmly in the old-school camp; I'm not adverse to punching in or comping something from a couple takes, but the idea of looping a riff rather than actually playing it live, or worse comping a performance together note-by-note to make it inhumanly tight, is just so alien to me. I like all the little nearly imperceptible human imperfections that come with playing through a part in real time, rather than heavy comping and/or looping and dragging gives you. I think that stuff is awesome, and I've joked about this in the past, but I like all the little physical artifacts of the process of playing guitar - the little scrape of hands against the strings, hum, unpredictable little noises that come from a guitar being a chunk of wood and metal held by a living, breathing human being, to the point where not only do I usually not try to remove that stuff from performances, I've occasionally gone as far as overdubbing tracks of JUST that and throwing some delay or other ambient effects at it just to add atmosphere. Coming from that production ethos, something like the modern djent production ethos of comping performances note-by-note and then reamping the whole thing is like reading greek to me. I recognize some of the letters, might even be pretty sure I can make out a word or two... But that's about as far as I understand it. Old dude getting down from his soapbox here.