I'm also editing acoustics by hand. Like others mentioned, I can't hang with the artifacts of retiming stuff. I'm sure there are methods and tools to do a less terrible job with stretching but I haven't heard 'em in the tools I've used. It's always a little better-sounding at higher sample rates (I've not worked at 192kHz so I assume it would be a further improvement) but I don't end up liking if I'm going for natural-sounding.
Reaper has slip editing. Like someone else said, it's just a different way of working with the audio. It's not magic or anything like that; just a super useful method. I worked professionally in film/video for 12 years and slip editing is a major part of the workflow there. I can't believe there are still DAWs that don't offer that sort of editing functionality.
An observation I made about my own editing tendencies: when I'm using slip editing I'm much more likely to use the existing parts and when I'm not using slip editing I'm much more likely to copy/paste stuff. I'm almost always trying to stay away from anything copy/paste sounding so I'll use slip editing most of the time. Some hip hop and certain implementations of pop stuff gain a little something by having recurring pieces so I'll PT-style edit behind (or whatever that's called) and do more copy/paste stuff.
Last Edit: May 23, 2020 4:37:45 GMT -6 by schmalzy