Tom's reply is one that I find really quite aggravating at times.
This notion that someone else knows what another persons music should sound like, what the artistic intent was and all that reeks of arrogance and fear.
Maybe some of those people who record to 1/4" want that kind of sound. The music that is being produced by alot of big name, high dollar "producers" may as well have been done on such lo-fi systems, as they sound like they were.
If some band of kids wants to sound like White Stripes, do they really need to record on an SSL and 2" Studers?
The thing that gets me is when someone says "the home studio guy/musician is'nt qualified to record their own stuff" as though this were some black art that only the Jedi masters know. I've seen this so many times it hurts. Another guy, a guitar tech, on another board, makes basically the same pronouncements all the time, thus discouraging people from doing things they honestly could do, if pointed in the right direction.
You who have the knowledge to do this should, and those who fear losing money need to get used to it. Home studios will not go away.
And while we're on the subject of money, where did those fat rates studios charged in the past come from? Fatass record companies?
Seems like this whole thing is out of control.
I guess I'll sit and ruin everything I do on Sonar, as apparently that's all us "amateurs" are capable of.