Wait till I post stone cold sober ;
I think allot of laymen can tell when something sounds extraordinary, I mean that's why I kept buying all those steely dan records back when a A four-track mini studio cost so much that I did'nt dream I could afford one . I still knew which records made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. ( as opposed to "hair balling!)
I think it takes a tremendous, way underappreciated amount of time an effort to be trully skilled on the "otherside of the speaker". I'm with you;................ the Idea of a slot machine " sound helper" is ludirus.....Did'nt I point out from the start that it was a weak analogy ??? I saw a gentleman start a thread the other day (elsewhere) asking where he could find more pre-sets for Izotope Ozone !!!!! Even eliminating the module order , the mind still boggles at the infinitesimal chances of all those variables aligning to the source material.
I"m not privy to the sincerity levels of software devs ( nor anyway to verify them ) ; But I do think those dsp geeks mean well . It's up to the individual to survey the scene and try to focus on genuine techniques .
I know that when you were coming up , ( resisting the temptation to make references to the jurassic era!!!! Cause that's me too !! ) there were less whiz bang amazing computer thingy distractions , so you pretty much had to sit there sweeping away with your ( THANKFULLY ANALOG) eq and if you did'nt train your ear , you were'nt getting into any studio for long. ( and no , you could'nt play enginner at home in your free time either !)
I have Hugnormus respect for the crumudgeny A.E.'s out there , but I like some of the new technology that's afoot these days too.( poor me ,; I missed out on fooling with tape deck repair and maintenance)
So I guess the newbs ( like me still , cause I know that there's lot's I don't know !!) are going to potentially have allot more distractions and potential blind allies to go up. I guess I'm just expressing MY opinion That HB was'nt the worst thing thats ever happend to me .
I was just trying to avoid the usual trainwreck on the subject of HB and say something positive ; It's not the first dsp thingy I'd be hoping to get my cabbage back on .( let's face it , as you're suggesting , there can be some real doosies out there)
But you are right . Better to concentrate on the tried and true , old school methodology and ignore much of the new fangled toys that are fraught with shiny distractions .(One exception of course for the RTA in WL ,zoomed to occupy the whole 2nd monitor!!!All those pretty colors...get's em every time !!)
Thanks for your web based resources and wisdom sharing activites. Just remember , for newbs and not as newbs like myself , the old adage could never be truer....... You can lead a wannabe A.E. to water ...BUT.............