I'm doing sessions with clients and taking a break....but when I get done I will reply to your Stan and AJ's awesome posts on this topic. This is probably one of the best topics I've taken part of in a while....so thank you all for adding your insight.
In short....I blame technology and the fact that people embraced it and learned how to use it even if it is crippling quality as AJ mentioned. I feel the almighty dollar is ruling once again and just about no one has longevity. So they cash in on stuff as fast as they can. Speed time, and having one man do the work saves the money.
New technology is also making people lazy which cuts down on quality. But the time is where it really saves. Brother Brutus, I like to consider myself a pretty darned good musician. But that said, I'd kill for 8 takes. Lol! My girl and I look at my take count and cringe. I have sections of songs where there are 400 takes all throughout. LMAO!
I was doing a vocal part the other day that took me 49 tries. In a studio where time is money, I'd be fired, lose my deal etc. Haha! Now, it's not because I suck. It's because I'm looking for a specific sound or flavor. It's also because I care about how I sound as well as my performance and will.ever settle for less from myself. This is the stuff AJ is talking about where people either don't care, can't pull it off or simply don't have the time.
I blame producers, a&r guys, the artists and the buying public for the demise. I blame them all for losing track of quality and at least good musicianship. There was a time you actually had to be good to get a record deal. Case in point....
As cold room was saying, I had the luxury to sit in the audio editing room for the first breaking Benjamin album with Wayne Davis and Dann Korneff. The album you hear isn't close to the album that was.
Drums completely replaced that were recorded in a studio famous for drum sounds. How is this even possible? Beat Detective and replacement are all over that entire album.
The bass was so bad, they literally were finding bass notes from other songs to create the bass line. It was that bad, I swear. I can go on and on bashing that record and the musicians. But...it "broke" them big and the rest is history. Stuff like this is just nuts. Add in Melodyne and it's incredible algorithms and we can make my dog a rock star.
I'll be back to share some more but that should at least keep the convo going. In closing...
As much as I hate it all and agree with every post in this thread 100%, I almost feel about music the way I feel about life. The assholes thrive and win in life constantly with no remorse. People stealing from others, manipulating the system etc. You get the picture.
You either join them or stay straight and finish last. I feel that same way with music. You keep up with the new technology and trends to make a few bucks if that is your wish or your living, or struggle in the trenches for the fun of it. Astonishingly, talent means just about nothing today and THAT to me is sad.