The rationale, as I remember it, was that when stomping double bass drums like a caveman it was easier to balance when bringing both legs up in rapid succession. I remember reading that in some drum magazine as a kid, dreaming about the 14 piece monster kits in the ads.
Yep, it's horrible. And yep, it's made modern rock sterile and boring.
Potentially unpopular opinion: Most drummers aren't good enough to play on a record given today's budgets. Even back in the good old days when they could afford to do take after take after take, they'd still sometimes...
That is true, but it's more than that. They descend in the "reverse" order which is what the thread is about. They could have easily put the smallest drum center left. It's still unbalanced because the center left is bigger than center right, and far left is bigger than far right. Even if...
I got a new job, start on Monday.
So I bought over 4k worth of mics and recording gear to make drum tracks that only a handful of people will ever hear or care about.
Sweetwater has 48 months no interest right now if anyone else wants to go nuts.
I'm also curious about how common this kind of situation is, where the engineer has done extensive work to make his home studio pro grade. The home studio in my town I discovered via random Facebook post seems to have done just that.