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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Good letter....

...and I agree with her basic premise. I've come to prefer live recordings over studio ones, a stance I would have readily dismissed about 10 years ago. However, the caliber of playing has continued to go up and the best artists and orchestras are so good that the electricity and excitement of the live experience easily outshines a "perfect" studio recording that's been sucked soulless via editing. Plus, recording engineers have figured out how to record the live session with high fidelity.
However, I must ask: are her assertions about studio editing more than anecdotal? Does she have direct experience of the process? Has she conducted a covert "confessions of an audio producer" undercover investigation? It may be reasonable to assume that, because digital can be so readily edited, it MUST be happening but I really wonder how many studio jobs have 400-800 edits versus those with many fewer edits. I assume that the number of edits spans a huge range for commercial recordings. Bottom line - be careful not to paint with too broad a brush when dealing with anecdotal evidence.

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