Hugh Robjohns wrote:
But if they choose to do it because it they prefer working with it (maybe the rewind time helps them to formulate their musical ideas, for example), that's a perfectly valid thing that shouldn't be scorned at.
Informed choice is what we're after...
Of course! And I'm pretty known for never letting rationality get in the way of a bit of harmless fun!
It's just that I have the impression that people asking for how to connect mixers or looking for various other sonic mirages are legion... while these who actually know what's all about and decide to do it for fun or ergonomic or whatever reasons, are not.
Of course, I may be jaded by looking at too many facebook groups
The OP seemed to be among them. As many do, he felt more reassured by the user interface presented by traditional analog meters (with their hidden headroom) than the full (and of far greater resolution) scale meters to which most DAWs default.
My $.10 is that these are the cases where a little direct and unqualified message can cut thru the bs and help - especially when it's given by qualified people (that wouldn't be me of course ).
Many scientists and engineers have a natural (and well intentioned) urge to qualify every statement (I am the first!). However, in my business career I've found that, for those who are not yet versed in a subject, a simple message can be more effective. I draw the line at outright distortion, but I'm ok to leave out some qualifications when I feel they might somehow dilute the main message.
So for tape (or steam train engines ), I'm happy to say "it's obsolete" even if of course there can still be viable cases for using them and certainly you can still reach a respectable result with both.
Then, when people know and understand, of course they do what they like, with eyes open. I for one love knobs and have used more money in knob-sporting boxes than it's justifiable to do from a rational perspective.