My thoughts about starting this thread spawned from the a couple of threads here in the recording section, as well as discussions that have been taking place on another (lesser) forum I read. A while ago we had a thread here about Auto-Tune, there's currently a thread about overdubbing. Particularly in the studio, but also as guitar players, everything we use is just a tool to realize artistic vision. I love my number one acoustic more than I've ever loved any other instrument I own. That said, in the studio there are choices I make to enhance the sounds the guitar produces...maybe nothing significant, but the use of a couple of ribbon mics that naturally roll off a little of the treble... There are albums I love that were recorded at home, or on an extremely tight budget and low hours in the studio...there are live albums that I love...but in the end, I think that anything that helps realize an artistic vision should be fair game. I'm far from a great singer, but I'd never ask another person to sing my songs for me. My pitch isn't bad, but I've always thought my voice was a bit thin, maybe a bit boyish, and at times nasal. My range isn't great...Connor Oberst sang, "I could have been a famous singer if I had someone else's voice." It rings true a bit for me, I'd like to think. I think the bottom line is this...I don't want to have to make a decision about whether or not I like an album based on some 'tell all' website that documents all the cheats the artist used. If they conceptualized a great album, but needed some help realizing it, that's okay by me. Unless you're still recording direct to wax cylinder, you're using some degree of studio magic...compression, a little reverb, whatever. I think the only line that should be drawn is the line of whether or not it improves the final product. To me, this doesn't necessarily mean digitally enhanced timing, or Auto-Tune...I like a little bit of a raw feel in my music, but what someone else does with those things is their business, in my opinion. If a visual artist decided to use a ruler to have a perfectly straight line, I don't think less of them.