If I want a sound, I usually feel better if I’ve chased it and killed it, skinned it and cooked it. Most things you can get with a button nowadays. So if I was trying for a certain drum sound, my engineer would say: “Oh, for Christ’s sake, why are we wasting our time? Let’s just hit this little cup with a stick here, sample something, and make it bigger in the mix, don’t worry about it.” I’d say, “No. I would rather go in the bathroom and hit the door with a piece of two-by-four very hard.
— Tom Waits