When I say I'm not interested in the religion of musicians, it means I wanted to avoid an esoteric argument about how valuable drummers are.
I was entirely capable of understanding what you meant. But I'm curious how you believed you could avoid that esoteric argument on of all places, a drum forum.
I also figured out the sentences where you cleared it all up about how a database problem miraculously ate the only forum post we're discussing, and the part where you're a hobbyist/who could be a real pro if he wanted to/ who calls people who question your methods unprofessional.
As someone who has visited many, many forums over the years, I know full well what would have happened on a bass or guitar forum had a drummer showed up with an identical plan in reverse. And all the passive/ aggressive maneuvering here, including the judging of tone over content, won't change that.
This isn't just a drum site, it's THE drum site, with a primary emphasis clearly pointed towards the direction of a live drum sound. With that said, how do you avoid drum religion at the place where iconic drummers are not only discussed, but enshrined in the closest thing that set playing has to a hall of fame?
Of course programmed drum sounds are also part of what we do, and I've done plenty of it myself, as supplement to the live drum sound. But this is new territory for this forum in that no one from the outside has ever come here to ask drummers how not to use a drummer.
It would have been one thing had this band always used programmed drums, and was now coming to us seeking new methodology. But this is entirely different, in that non drummers have asked other drummers how to eradicate a live drummer under the guise that the real thing didn't cut it, and there was no alternative solution in a state with thousands of drummers.
In my opinion, percussionists can never be cool with the idea that machines can replace us in any context, or for any reason, including financial. We're the oldest instrument in the world. We need to embrace the concept that we run the show, not the other way around. By helping people like this, you open a Pandora's box that can never be closed, and your worth will always be judged and evaluated by others. Moreover, you will have little or no say in the matter.
If that's a defensive tone, then I think there are worse things to be defensive about.
My 2c and change.