I don't know Paulo - I often think about how much time I'd have left if could get back all the time I've spent waiting for tape machines to rewind...
I understand but i don't think speed often benefits the performance.
Of course one thing is "taking a few seconds" before a new take (the Rewind time) and another thing is diverting the inspirational flow of the artist with technical problems, consecutive production instructions, abuse of talkback conversation and tips from everyone in the Control Room and so on. That is negative.
I somehow feel the speed allowed by a DAW for consecutive takes is counterproductive as well.
There must be a flow and i believe short "breathing/thinking" pauses are a part of it.
Yes, totally agreed. There's nothing worse from any viewpoint than having a conversation between the producer and a musician about what to do on the next pass or in this punch, saying "OK, let's go..." and having the engineer say, "What are we doing?"