I'm in the process of performing an "experiment." I'm planning on remixing a few of the tracks from the Spartones latest CD, spending the amount of time equivalent to that of dio's time spent on The Clefhangers acclaimed "Breeze."
I guess what I have a problem with is that, in most cases, a poor recording or poor album signifies an unrehearsed, or sloppy group. All told, in MANY cases, the exact opposite is the case. The groups that come across as amazing are unrehearsed groups that record one part at a time, through auto-tune, with arrangements that mirror the original recordings, with soloists attempting to recreate John Mayer, Dave Matthews and Gwen Stefani's unique voices. However, to the "trained ear" (a term I almost shudder to use), you can hear lack of energy, out of tune singing and a lack of enjoyment in the overall process.
All told, I'm going to agree that the community, not RARB, has gone the way of technology. I would never call myself a "purist." I'm for technology just as much as the next guy. I wouldn't be going into the field of production otherwise... You want a good album, buy one by one of the big name groups... UNC Clefhangers, U Penn Off the Beat, SoCal Vocals, Tufts Beezlebubs, the list goes on, as we all are aware. However, if you want to see the truly talented groups, look no further than your neighborhood ICCA competition, your East and/or West Coast Summits, or SoJam. Not to say that any group is limited to one or the other... but don't go into an apple orchard looking for oranges. If you're looking for a well rehearsed group, don't expect to hear it on any CD. Today's a cappella producers are some of the best in the biz...
I can't concentrate anymore... just remember people, you may not agree with RARB but they have a job as difficult as that of the president... they must attempt to make everyone happy... an impossible task. RARB can't be blamed for the way the industry has turned... do keep that in mind before you submit your album... But remember the process will always make the end result well worth it.