19th March 2013
When I started "in this business" (also over 35 years ago) a small operation had no chance of even affording decent equipment, let alone running a business from it.
I have worked so many dirty, crappy and dangerous jobs for the last 45 years to support my family, fund my audio education and build my own little studio without any delusion of being commercially viable - I'm sure I'm not alone - so to have an implication that your "cheap / free" competitors are living off "mommy and daddy" is a bit of a smack in the face.
Business is business - same as it ever was - free enterprise means competing with all comers - same as it ever was. The only thing that has changed is the cost of equipment - and thank any deity that the young musicians / engineers of today can get a copy of Reaper / Garageband / whatever and use it to record / learn etc - and if they can get into the business that way then the time has changed again - same as it ever was.
What are "we" going to do when the turd polisher button really exists in the various DAWs? Song recorded, press the "master" button with a 1980s flavour" please - bingo - "mastered for iTunes". Each year the "home studio" quality is getting better - would you constrain them to just having a cheap reel to reel (like I / we started with?)..... hopefully not.
Welcome to the Jurassic gents - the new predators are small and furry - the dinosaurs' future has already been written. If you can't stand the climate change then get another job - you gents have lived the dream for years (i.e. working in what you love) - do I envy you for that compared to what I had to do for work? Probably - do I resent you for it? Not at all.
Turn the page.