Gonna need to see a citation on that 'original definition of marriage' thing, Sparky. One that isn't predicated on accepting christianity as the one true belief, because while such may be the case for you, it isn't for a substantially larger percentage of humanity.
And it's still bible thumping, despite the pedantry you choose to sheath it in.
You've never actually played a live gig, have you Sparky?
The reason I suggest this is because every other working musician in North America is fully aware of the competition live bands face in terms of getting stage time in local venues. You keep whinging about citation... if you're a professional musician, you'd have at least a working knowledge of how PRO performance licensing works, because that shit has a direct impact on your bottom line. Surely as a songwriter you're a member of a PRO; didn't you read the 'About Us' FAQs when you signed up with them?
Honestly, you give every indication of not actually knowing a single thing about being a working musician; you certainly don't know enough about performing rights organizations to be considered professional, and your grasp of the competitive forces at work regarding stage time in local venues is tenuous to non-existent.
You're not one of those DAW 'producer' convinced that that the only reason their sick beatz, tired melodies and baby chord changes haven't lined their pockets is because world + dog is 'stealing' from them are you?
I've played in bars longer than you've been alive.
I've been the booker at clubs, I've done entertainment budgets line item by line item, including the licensing fees. I've hosted open mics and jam nights, I've promoted and participated in Battles of the Bands.
I know the 'regional live music business' as well as any lifer knows it.
If you don't believe me, push yourself away from the DAW and get out to the bars and talk to the club managers in your market.
Yeah, actually there are. Clubs fork over PRO fees (SOCAN, in my case) based on the often unwarranted assumption that a band *will* play cover material.
Even if that weren't the case, the club pays PRO licensing fees to cover the recorded music they play during the times there isn't a live act, which is a majority their workweek. Live entertainment is the first budget item to get cut to pay for licensing hikes, because there are *considerably* less expensive live entertainment options than booking a 5 piece band at AF of M rates.
Why do you think you see so many Battle(s) of the Bands, Jam nights and open mics, even in clubs that oughta have more pride?
It's not because the club owners want to nurture the local community, Sparky. It's because they're cheap and they guarantee a reasonable house, which looks good on the balance sheet.
Working bands get screwed at every level of the biz. It's a good thing we do it for love.
If you try to eliminate a single method we have of making a connection with an audience, I will cut you.
"why are there LESS musicians working professionally"
DJs, open mics and Karaoke.
3/4 of the clubs I played 5 years ago have switched their booking policies to either reflect current consumer demand or to cut their bottoms line. When the mandatory club-level music licensing fees go up, the Live Band line item in the entertainment budget is the first thing to get cut.
I actually owned a bundle of Waves plugins... a gift from a well moneyed, well motivated but ill informed family member. From a DSP standpoint they were nothing special, but they did wot it sez on the tin. Unfortunately, their iLok based DRM rendered my usually rock solid production box unstable to the point of being unusable. I futzed with them for the better part of 6 months, then sold them, jumped through the requisite hoops to transfer the license, and bought hardware.
From what I understand, the cracked versions do not suffer from these usability issues, but there's enough high quality gear being dumped on Craigslist by guys going digital that I don't actually think about plugins much anymore.
Oddly enough, I record into Ableton, which I got for free with another hardware purchase.