I'd like to get this off my chest, because it has recently gotten to my very conscious attention, and I need to speak it out loud:
I don't like the mixing of microphone streams!
There, I've said it, and if it makes me appear weird, and utterly out of touch, then so be it. 😀
When piano music is recorded from several microphone sets, placed at different locations, pointing in different directions, and these microphone signals are later mixed together by a recording engineer, the result becomes a soundscape that could not have been heard by anyone in the recording studio at the time, no matter where they were located. In essence, such a mixing yields a sense of being present in different places at once, listening to sounds coming from different directions, with different delays. This altoghether creates a monstrous sound confusion.
I just want to experience being in one particular place, listening in one particular direction, experiencing no confusing delays of any kind. Ideally, this listening position should be the one occupied by the pianist.
The same goes for virtual instruments; I don't really cary for many microphone perspectives, which can be subsequently mixed, because I would simply choose the best microphone set, and mute all the others.
Maybe I really am weird in this way (given my weirdness in many other ways, that would not come as a surprise), but my gut feeling tells me that there is a silent minority out there who share this view. We should not remain silent.
This was not the launch of a political party, nor of a pressure-inducing global movement, however much it may sound that way. 😆