We’re at risk of having a philosophical discussion break out here. Your friend is, Plato would say, a cosmetician. His job is to make things appear to be what they are not. Uncharitably stated: he’s a professional liar. But music making is not what it used to be, even when it’s live. It can be confusing for those of us who are just trying to play our instrument, when our models are processed and cosmeticized.