We were talking in an old post about how much recording has changed. In the 80's we recorded our demos of a full band on a 4 track cassette. When you got to the real studio it was the same basic technology... just bigger tape with more tracks and more toys. Pro studios would have multiples of 24 tracks, which was the base capability of the tape decks. Volume automation was expensive truly mechanical automation (with servos or possibly well trained gnomes moving the faders). Now for anywhere from $60 to a few thousand for a DAW, one can have higher fidelity, virtually unlimited tracks, unlimited effects, the audio does not degrade with multiple recordings, one can graphically copy and paste clips, and one can automate just about anything you can imagine. It's a whole different world. Sometimes when recording and I start complaining about the capabilities of a given plug in, I slap myself around a bit when I remember how things used to be.
With all that said, I really enjoyed recording with the 4 track. When you got a good sounding track, you felt like you had accomplished something.