I received this response from my last email/post (“Why I don’t use elastic audio or beat detective”):

My impression of this email is that it is written for the sole purpose of selling more tutorials, and not for actually offering any constructive advice.

I would much rather see you encourage the proper use of the awesome technology we are now witness to, instead of generating fear, and using that fear to make money.  I hope that isn’t too harsh.  I am still a BIG fan of homestudiocorner, and will continue to recommended you and your ideas to my friends and coworkers.  I was just rubbed the wrong way by your message here.

Here’s my response: (I thought you may find it helpful.)

You’re completely right that there’s nothing wrong with elastic pitch or beat detective, but I’m just giving my honest take on why I DON’T use them. They’re great tools when used properly, but I simply like my simple way of editing better.

Using elastic pitch and beat detective certainly don’t guarantee that you’ll have some sort of adverse results, but if you’re not careful it IS possible. The way I edit doesn’t leave anything up to software. There’s no time-stretching, so the audio quality doesn’t get touched at all.

My way is certainly not the only way, but it works really well for me, and it works well even when I try a different DAW that doesn’t have elastic audio or beat detective.

The point of that last email was to simply explain why I choose NOT to use some tools, even though they’re totally adequate. It’s kind of liberating, you know?

And yes, I do sell a training video on editing. The thing is — if someone was expecting to buy that video and learn how to use beat detective and elastic pitch, they would have been disappointed.

You wrote, ‘I would much rather see you encourage the proper use of the awesome technology we are now witness to, instead of generating fear, and using that fear to make money.’ That’s exactly what I’m doing, encouraging people to use the technology of simple editing to get great-sounding tracks.

If anything, people are really confused and overwhelmed when it comes to fancy editing tools. I’m encouraging them that you DON’T have to be a master at beat detective or elastic audio to get great results.

I think that’s BETTER than jumping on the latest technology just because it’s there.

I teach a very simple, basic, but effective method of editing. It’s not for everyone, but it’s the way I like to work, and I enjoy it.

Thanks for the email!

That’s my honest opinion on the matter. I was editing that way long before Elastic Audio came into existence. And I enjoy it!

By the way, that editing video is here: www.understandingediting.com, if you’re interested.

Happy chopping!