Hi all - I just have to chime in here;
I'm glad this thread is getting good response, and my hope is, in responding to and amplifying what has already been said here, to turn the dB way down on those who send 'hate mail' that promulgates the 'lowest common denominator', as 'nobody' appropriately referred to them in his post.
You know, as soon as I saw David Isaac had done a tutorial, I wasn't even interested so much in what the tutorial was on, or even if he was using Logic! I mean, the guy's a 3 time grammy award winner! When he talks, you listen, if you care at all about the music that comes out of your DAW, or whatever you happen to be using to produce sound. And if he says that he uses a plugin, and it's not a Logic plugin, then you'd want to pay extra attention to find out what it is and how to get it.
I've only seen a few segments of 'Logic 403' so far, but it's a real gem thanks to the fact that David is actually showing you what he works with, how he works with it, and why. Just imagine if you were in the studio with him and you said,
'hey, David, stop right there! You can't use that plugin that you love that gives you just the sound you want, you'll have to use this inferior one........' Well, you can bet he won't answer next time you call him for work.
As for YADJ's suggestion about comparing 3rd party plugins with Logic's, yes, that would be very useful, and I'm glad Martin agrees with him.
Here's a suggestion that goes back to how the thread started, when 'dynamicalan' mentioned acoustic instruments. Yes, working with live instruments is certainly a different ball game, both from a sound perspective, and a financial one. One thought I had about helping to reduce costs would be to find some college music students to play some basic arrangements or demonstrate some common timbres, etc. just so we could see how different mic-ing techniques could be used to produce different sounds and mix styles, along with effects, etc. The key person would not be the musicians, but the presenter of the video, of course. So you could more easily afford to bring in a big name producer or engineer to create interest in purchasing the video. The arrangements don't have to be elaborate at all, since its really about capturing and refining live sound, not the musical execution or technique of the player. I'm sure, also, that there are probably plenty of professional caliber musicians in colleges just looking for a chance just to be in the same room with any big name music person.
Well, I hope I didn't get too carried away, but please, to all the good, hard working staff at MPV, keep building your company, and reputation, on quality!