Well played Brian. Good article, and really it’s not biased or overly opinionated. Personally I do have the cheapest LandR account. Would I ever use it for a final release? Not a chance, under any circumstances. Nothing replaces a good engineer using proper gear. I too am a well trained studio engineer after all, with a lot of years under my belt. But does LandR have it’s place for what it is? For me, yes.
As a person who does all his own recording, composing, field recordings for nature samples, bringing in featured artists and plays multiple instruments……I have a lot on my plate for finishing every song. By the time I’m done with a mix, I really don’t want to hear it for a while. LandR at least offers me the option to do a quick and dirty job for SoundCloud so I can send out prereleases of what I’m up to & working on. It also gives me a general map of things to be fixed in the mix also, usually small things but necessary. And that’s about it. It serves a small, but certainly not insignificant purpose. For this purpose, the cheapest 192k MP3 export account option is fine. Your not selling them after all. It’s an interim until the final product is ready.