Recording Observations #1
Auto-tune and time correct are risky not as tools but in their implications for music and future musicians. Moderation is prudent practice here.
Chops in sound engineering are always secondary to taste. No matter how much you know or don’t know, your taste and translation of that taste through recording/mixing will be the first thing listeners respond to (or don’t).
Drums can sound more realistic by employing extreme measures such as radical modification of a kit or heavy processing of a recorded kit sound.
Effects such as compression and delay are groove-based, they work in time.
Endless options are not very helpful. Limitations can be.