I got all that ..... and I got it the first time .... you presented your POV very well. I didn't chatacterize anything you said and didn't need a page long disertation obviously talking down to me as if I didn't understand what you were saying. You're NOT smarter than everyone else ..... smart? Yes. Smarter than everyone else? .. no. I did get your point of view just fine in the dim reccesses of my ( apparently according to you) feeble mind.
Now ..... try to get MY POV. I don't agree ...... I'm doing the very thing you say will be frustrating and I do it for the exact same reason that the OP says he'd like to go that way.
I feel ZERO frustration ...... I feel ZERO need for any of the crap that goes with all 'Puter and I feel ZERO desire to buy tapes and/or be ALL analog.
As far as I'm concerned the standalone is the best of all possible worlds .... better than analog because of the maintainance hassles and the cost of tapes.
And better than going to all digital. Better, to me, than your set-up. Better to me than the Protools set-up that I frequently work with in pro studios.
I wouldn't trade the rig I have for yours ... period.
And BTW ..... not because of any digital learning curve. Digital's easy ...... there's no learning curve for anyone that's done it as long as I have ..... it's simple and easy to understand.
Try to get your mind around the fact that is is possible to have different preferences and that it's not a matter of your way is right and other ways are wrong.
I've had a home studio for 43 years and have been a professional session man in pro studios for most of that time also.
I'm NOT saying your way is wrong or without merit. I AM saying I know every bit as much about recording as you do and my way and opinion is just as valid as yours.
It's really irritating when you talk down to people because you think your opinion is always the best way ............ it is for you ........... not neccessarily for everyone else.
And people that don't agree with you might have valid points too ..... it's not always because they're just not smart enough to understand your wisdom.
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