Originally Posted by chazmar
That's cliche. The gear matters. If you put a top fuel race car driver in an Impala, he's not going to win the race.
The difference between audio equipment is not as big as between those cars.
Matter in fact, I did one shoot-out (where I was the mixing engineer) with some very-well respected engineers on this forum (with their gear & rooms of course) and one very talented friend of mine who is normally using my setup to master.
Since I was mixing on my setup he couldn't use it for the test-master, so he did it at his place, just with plugins, an Mbox, Samson nearfields in a completely untreated room.
He won the shootout. We (artist, producer, I) did a double-blindtest of course to check out the masters.
So, it's not as easy as it seems. And that's coming from someone who has invested quite a lot in good gear / room himself.