In my home town I have seen the fortunes of commercial studios wax and wane. So much can be achieved on a hobbyist's budget and you average home recordist has learned how to get the basics right when it comes to electronic / dance music creation and production. There is still a market for studios that specialise in recording real instruments and vocal performances, be they guitar bands, folk outfits, or orchestras. Those need decent acoustic spaces, decent mic's (and mic'ing techniques) and engineers with people skills.Pelsea wrote: ↑Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:12 pmI consider studios to be instruments (and I have designed quite a few). I always considered the ergonomics first*, placing everything needful at the musician's fingertips, or at most a chair scootch away. Computers are problematic studio occupants, as they demand the sweet spot that properly belongs to the mixer or keyboard. They also tend to proliferate.Blairio wrote: ↑Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:50 pmThis question could go either way. Define a studio. And perhaps ITB (everything in a PC or laptop) is disengenuous.
That is what we call encapsulated complexity - a red herring here. Just because you are dealing with one piece of hardware - a laptop or PC - doesn't mean you have reduced complexity. You have simply reduced it's physical footprint.
*[Actually, acoustics come first, but that's usually a given at our pay grade.]
I would calculate the "mass" of a computer compared to the synthesizer as the number of modules I don't have to buy. That's sequencers, LFOs, quantussies, chaos generators and a handful of effects units. The ultimate limit is the number of control ports, in my case 16.
For me the best thing about going into a commercial studio is being able to hand off all the recording / engineering / mixing duties to a professional, so I can concentrate on creating and performing music. That is a real luxury, and that part of studios (the human part) often gets overlooked.
Computers (and technology in general) have democratised music making - and rightly so. 112 input SSL desks and 2 inch studer tape recorders used to cost a king's ransom. So, acoustic treatment aside, the cost of music production has come right down. However all the human skills the make for good studio recordings are in my view unchanged.