If a child pulls a pot-handle suspended above the edge of a hot stove, or shows up at school with his father’s pistol, we eventually place the blame on the guardians. Such dangerous items should be kept out of the reach of children. Humorist Dick Gregory once said that the way we judge crime is based on money: If an old woman is killed and all the home invaders get from her is a dollar and change, it will be said, "That's a shame; they killed that old woman over a buck-fifty.” If the same woman is keeping her life savings in her mattress, and the crooks haul in twenty-thousand dollars cash, people will say, "It's all her fault; she didn't have no business keeping that much money in her house anyway." So why don't we blame the manufacturers? …for the same reason you don't sue Chevy for damages from a drunk driver's accident: the consequences were unforeseeable.
When David Smith and his cohorts developed theI was one of the first to use
protocol, they couldn't have imagined that would mark the beginning of the end
for commercial studios.
As digital samplers and sample-playback keyboards/modules became more affordable and even more realistic, production monies drifted away from commercial studios and toward music stores. Label-funded studio budgets became equipment funds and artists' basements, bedrooms, and living rooms became studios, while studios became painfully open for business until so very many of them closed. When grandpa
MIDI passed the keys on to father DAW
in the nineties, it was technologically suggested/expected/insisted that the
job of a producer/artist/songwriter was to be audio engineer and studio owner.
By the time DAW, Jr. matured in the new millennium and Dad DAW handed him the
family business, there were very few studios around even as professional
alternatives. Nowadays in fact, there are too few of the professional-grade
professionals in MOST studios to finish the process.
So what have we done? We've put the job of piloting commercial music in the mostly incapable hands of the passengers. What's the quick fix? See the emperor's fine new clothes. What has happened is demos are called masters and consumers have grown to accept it as masterful, while collections full of masters are dismissed as old fashioned. When you get past the loops and quick beats, a lot of Hip Hop and Smooth Jazz (and even some Electro-Pop) has great potential. If certain DAW production products were given to excellent musicians to play and talented singers rather than auto-tune warblers, some really good recordings might possibly be the long awaited result. Think: Roots. The reverse was exhibited in the production results of Stevie Wonder's "Conversation Peace" album—an unsatisfactory work from which his career never fully recovered.