FACT’s comment sections have always been toxic, way more so than their competitors for reasons I can’t quite fathom. From what I know, dealing with comments was a fairly substantial drain on their resources, and as a reader I found comments rarely if ever offered anything of value (and often cast an extremely poor light on FACT as a brand). Getting rid of them, whether on youtube or on the site itself, makes plenty of sense from both a business and editorial perspective.
I’ve always struggled a bit with ATC as a concept - I like seeing inside other people’s studios, but the fact they normally lack much explanation makes them underwhelming as tutorials, and the time restrictions mean they generally end up not being super-interesting musically, for me at least. They sit in this weird space where the presence of the camera means it becomes a sort of performance rather than seeing someone’s usual studio practice (I remember Objekt saying on Twitter that his Against The Clock would just be him tweaking kick drum parameters for 10 minutes), but without it ever really becoming engaging as a performance either.
I much prefer stuff where there’s a bit of discussion about what’s going on, though I guess not every producer is as engaging or distinctive as Legowelt: