and The Brain...
Having the option to edit to the grid, correct every pitch imperfection and squeeze the humanity out of a recording doesn't mean you have to do it.
100%. I record to digital in the same way I did on analog. I hit record. Play the thing. I hit stop. I rarely comp past that unless it's to copy/paste for use later in the song. If a performance is meh, it gets re-recorded. It's not just the convenience, to mine and a couple million other recording artist's ears around the planet, it *sounds* better as well. I pity anyone who can't hear the difference. Seems as obvious to me as the sun shining.
I'm not surprised there's people who are sold on the grandeur of analog, I spent some time diving into audiophile BS a while ago and it seemed more like a club of contrarians and know-it-alls than a scientifically reasoned and ear trained group of savants. People who want to feel superior (aka 'terminally unique') will tend to gravitate toward fringe concepts. And there's not a damn thing you can tell them and you should just shut yer face.