is dishing out thousands on Digital audio equipment a REAL investment

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by MrPhaSe, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. MrPhaSe

    MrPhaSe Active Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    I mean... like does it really make sense?
    What's the real point in spending 5k on an interface.. when theres just going to be a "better" one later?
    I mean how clear can audio REALLY get? Or is it about having the most options?
    What is it that they found a way to make that much less hiss on the audio track? its MORE crystal clear?

    It seems as though recording is becoming a real consumer's hobby. There isn't a TIMELESS interface.. or a classic interface that produces a sound that's sought after in 2011.. Because in 2012 there will be a new one with different colors... And the other one will be discontinued.... THEN the new programs won't work with the older models and this and that.

    Is there a REAL investment in digital audio?
  2. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    I was talking about this with my friend earlier today. Music is so subjective, that it's all about the message you want to convey with your recording. Someone could do this with $400, it might take another person $40,000. For a pro studio, I think it's because of options, for the variety of bands and styles they are recording, and the messages they want to convey with each of them.

    As gear becomes more affordable, easier to operate, and still of very high quality, you're right - it is becoming a consumers hobby.

    And they have to come out with new stuff. It's a BUSINESS! There will always be new people starting into the market, and they will be the ones buying it.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    You are right, its a bloody rat race. However, if you are going to buy anything, converters are where it counts. Then just make music. There is a long way to go before great sound will really matter though. Grunge evolved because of crappy converters. Autotune evolved because of crappy singers. Its all relevant to the times. Great sound doesn't matter right now. Loudness does. 20 db of noise from MP3 distortion is part of the sound today.

    My biggest challenge is trying to get a great crappy sounding mix lol.

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