I think there is a difference between editing and manipulating. Cutting and splicing tape doesn't change what went down onto the tape, can we agree? However, if I load all the individual tracks into a digital editing program, then one can do any number of things to those tracks. Add effects that were were not originally recorded. One could quantize or change where drum hits or bass notes landed "across a given time frame". For instance, I could say "Chris, your F# note was a hair late against Alan's kick drum right here, would you like me to fix it? Actually it's late 24 times across this section. I can fix it all easily and tighten it up. Because I am going to bring you up in the mix a bit (I'm sure you'll like that!) it might be best we just clean this up for you?" Reply: "Sure, go ahead, no problem" "Got it buddy" But now we are doing something that absolutely didn't happen. Cutting tape and re arranging or taking a best take is still something that happened in the tape world. There is a difference. A big difference. Like the painting, I could manipulate the colors, to modernize them. Make them "pop". I could say, "These colors simply were not available to the artist at this time in the 16th century. Surely the artist would have loved to have these available back then. What do you say?" Just some food for thought.. not trying to create a big argument or ruffle anyone's fish scales.