One of the ideas or thoughts I have always tried to avoid is getter bitter about the music industry and pointing to different examples of why music is terrible these days and that it was soo much better in the time of XXXX. It doesn’t serve me and it certainly doesn’t serve you.
One of the hardest things to record is a Drum Kit. And what makes this job even harder is a BIG drum set. Harder still with a HUGE one. More microphones means more phase cancellation, smear and less focus.
I’ve heard many great engineers, producers and mixers refer to our industry as a “service” industry. As to say, our job is to service our clients. To give THEM, what THEY want. And I would argue that while that definitely is the case (an unhappy client isn’t coming back or telling their friends to record with you) it’s simply NOT the whole picture.