DAWs are here to stay and they bring a lot of good features to us, and I like it. But this is what bugs me about working in DAWs: - Sometimes I feel like everything is not in time, as if the time-alignment between tracks differs from time to time. Especially true to soft-instruments, but audiotracks aswell. - People with a non-analog background that I occasionally work with are not able to make decisions. Emergency-exit always wide open. Why ? Because it´s possible. You can undo everything and always go back to square one. Consequence ? Nothing is ever really finished. There´s always the possibility to change anything. Amp-farm instead of a real amp... because then you can change the sound... well, you get the point. - In the days of 24-tracks, when you had a physical limit of 24 tracks, the tracks were filled up and if there was a free track at mixdown it was either a miracle or it had to be used just for the sake of it. Unfortunately this still seems to be the case with 100+ tracks to use. - How are we supposed to archive the stuff we record ? If you make a major hit, chances are that somebody wants to do something with the recording in, say 20 years. Open a PT6.0-session in year 2025...?? I don´t think so. - A&R-people who wants to change everything all the time just because it´s possible. "You can have the mix back right away, right ?" No, I mix on an analog desk, with outboard processors. They don´t get it. To all of you (euphonix-users) who have analog desks with total recall, never tell the A&R-people that you can recall the mix fairly easily. It will never get finished. - People listening with their eyes instead of ears. Tip: turn off the screen and hear new things. - Latency. Even the systems that are supposed to be latency-free are not. A digital process can never be done in no time. - Overprocessing. People throwing in a million plug-ins on one channel, on every channel...and the 2-bus. ´coz you can. - Plug-in-mania. Since when do you REALLY need 30 different compressors, 15 of each ? - Fixed tempos (metronome). Classical musicians and composers still understand that variations in tempo is a very effective trick. Adaptable to pop/rock aswell if we weren´t so stubborn about the fact that editing is easier if recorded material is played to a click. - Over-edited stuff. If everything is exactly on-beat you don´t hear the different sounds anymore. But still, that´s a sound on it´s own. At least it won´t breath life into a track. - Everybody is suddenly a Mastering-engineer. There´s a lot I like about DAWs aswell ! What do you love/hate about the DAW-way of working ? Have a nice day.