1. What is the rationale behind the idea of a fraction based bandwidth? Why not define the width by absolute frequency range like +/- 1khz?
2. How subtle/drastic are the effects of "fine tuning" of the settings? (i.e. are completely customizable parametric systems necessary or excessive when you can use simple graphic EQs?)
3. Is the process of mixing wholistic or analytic?
Is there some synergystic effect that makes it impossible to have some sort of "algorithmic procedure" figured out/taught?
Algorithmic procedure to do what exactly? You can come up with an algorithm to do all sorts of things but only once you decide what it is you want to do.