I would guess I am no doubt the oldest person on this list .. Therefore, I will answer to the following names: Eminince Grise Dinosaur Old Fart ( or others of your choosing ) Anyway ..since I've been doing this ( "this' being writing all kinds of music for money ) for over 40 years, I have been priveleged to watch the industry evolve in an interesting fashion over the years, both for good and evil ,depending upon your viewpoint. When I started recording in the mid 50s ( cutting rock and roll tracks @ Schneider Recording in Cleveland OH, we had two track -period. And yes, often my drum kit was placed down the hall in the loo for natural echo. Later on, We went to three and later four track machines ..whee! But we STILL recorded everyting all at once ( except accasionally vocals ) ,without cue and no punch ins. It was a lot of fun because back the the music allowed for some pretty big ensembles and it was fun writing and playing wiwth a bit of an edge so as not to be the guy that blew a take. Over the years, I watched the recording gear get more advanced ,with more tracks available and changes that allowed recording differeing groups at different times, and the ability to "punch in " made all of us a bit lazy ,cuz we knew we could fix it. Then came the synths ..and slowly , the number of musicians employed for dates got smaller and smaller. Pop dates done previously with full bands gradually dropped off to 5/6 horns and a handful of string players. ( But the music had changed as well, and all these things made sense ..especially economically. And yes, even though I wasn't really fond of the electronics at first, I like everyone else learned to use them ,and gradually warmed up to their potential a bit. Plus, by the time i "retired" from the commercial and film business about ten years ago ..everything had gone digital ..and samples had gotten good enough ,that most of the remaining LIVE players had been replaced, and it got very lonely in the control room with just you , the engineer and a lot of blinking lights on various bits of electronica. Now that I've embarked on my retirement "hobby" ( recording and producing jazz projects ), I can happily stat I've come full circle ..the bands are AGAIN live and all in the room at once ..and thanks to ProTools, no more punching in! I find it somehow ironic that I had to Quit music "as a living" to enjoy it again! ..and I am!!! I'd invite everyone to tell me how they work now and how they use the great technology available today ..and do they ever miss working with live players ?