Hello all! I am hoping you can settle a bit of a debate between a friend and I. Essentially, his stance is that no matter who you are, or where you go, if you're going to be recording a commercially accessible piece of music, the drum kit is more or less ultimately going to be sampled out. Perhaps not the entire kit, but at least the kick and the snare and possibly some cymbals. Now, while I might agree that a lot of the Top 40 these days may be using samples in place of real kits, I still couldn't disagree more! I think the drum kit is not dead, regardless of whatever current technologies exist. Obviously, the industry has used live drums for a long time, and over the years it has created some great sounds...So tell me, do you think that just about every drum kit you're hearing on the radio these days is sampled out, or is it the real deal? Thank you!