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GUEST,highlandman at work Tech: Home Recording (35) RE: Tech: Home Recording 15 May 12

John, I have to take issue with your statement ... only a little.
True that a high-quality piece of gear can produce better sound than a consumer-grade piece, but in my experience that difference is much less than the $$ ratio -- unless *all* the gear in the chain is likewise of the highest quality. That $5k reverb compared to the $500 unit might only sound $10 better going through a home system.
It's not quite true that the audio chain is only as good as it's weakest link -- you can hear the difference if one piece is improved significantly -- but it's almost true.
Keep in mind that with professional equipment a lot of that dollar difference goes into ruggedness, ease of setup, wide operating ranges... all things that are extremely valuable to the working pro but don't necessarily contribute -- directly at least -- to the sound.
I'm not saying that there isn't a difference in pro work vs home work. But I do say that with a bit of effort (okay, a lot of effort) and a reasonable talent, home producers can raise the quality of their work *far* above the typical home studio production. Without using the cost of fancy pro gear as an excuse.
No, you won't equal the pros, but honestly, unless you are trying to make contemporary Nashville pop or the like, few people will be able to hear the difference on their home stereos (much less their MP3 players). You might not sell it to commercial radio distribution but you can make music well up on the pleasing scale, well worth listening to.

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