merlyn wrote:It's not steam that's out of date -- it's coal. :D
A nuclear power station is a giant kettle and instead of a heating element it has a fission reaction.
Electric trains are still steam powered but the steam has been moved from onboard the train to the power station.
I made the comparison with steam engines
- locomotives which carry their own kettles (and coal). They are out of date, big time, no matter how many cousins and uncles one may involved who are keen weekend stokers. So is tape.
Steam - sure isn't, but nobody (at least, not I) told it was. Coal - alas - even less, as it's still the cheapest way to produce said steam and make turbines run.
But steam engines - yes. Otherwise it's like saying that candles as a general purpose illumination because we're still using oil and wax elsewhere (and now, of course, I can't wait for all the posts claiming that candles are perfectly viable and used to illuminate cities and to hear about all the uncles and cousins who live in places exclusively illuminated by candles. Bring my greetings :D)
The point that I make is that the OP's insecurity stems by this quasi-mythical status of tape recording (even SOS is, occasionally and indirectly, not entirely innocent...- I remember an article about a Daft Punk production which was entirely made on tape at incredible cost... and wondering why there was no box saying "yeah you can do that, but it's kinda silly").
It's that status that makes people wonder if they're doing the right thing (like the OP), and even (as we often see in this and other forums) go to great lengths and cost to realize what is ultimately an inferior setup - buying mixers, tape recorders etc - and thinking they're doing something technically better
. All good and fun (and of course, unlike train engines, there is no objective "best" so anything goes, really), but only imho when it's done with open eyes.
As I said, it is
one of my pet peeves :D