So here I am again and I have read through the thread and a few things stand out. I'll start with the obvious -
Laggard wrote: ↑Fri Mar 31, 2023 7:17 am
So I have a laptop that will handle Reaper. All I would need is an interface, some cables and mics? Seems to low a barrier for entry.
And that is why everybody and their mothers-in-law are doing it!
Mics - what someone stated earlier about needing shiney U87s and other expensive mics making you are 'professional' is true. We bought a pair of M149s and other 'signature' bits of kit for that very reason. In economics, it is called 'The Snob Effect' and is found in EVERY market, from guitars to taxis, from sawmills to sausages.
One customer came to us for a dry drum recording. When asked why he chose us, he said that it was because we had a Lexicon 960L (at the time, the best money could buy). He neither wanted or needed that reverb - he just wanted to record in a room that had one! Crazy, I know - but that's how people are!
Google the words Tom Petty Hamburg Rockpalast
and you will get a 2.5hr TV show in the famous Rockpalast series. The mic flight-case went missing and every mic except the drum mics (stored with the drums) had to be replaced - so the sound crew went to a local music store and bought about 15 SM57s. The sound is superb!
Or as they used to say on the old Winston cigarettes ad in the 60s "It's not how long you make it, it's how you make it long!"
The reality is that you cannot get rich or even become mildly affluent by recording or mixing other people's music. Most of the time, one cannot even hope to live from it.
The most credited engineer on Planet Earth (a friend BTW) is someone nobody here has heard of. He has recorded four or five major R Stones projects, umpteen Tina Turners, M.Jackson, Rammstein, Sting, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Miles Davis, John Mayall, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Motörhead, Anastacia, Queen, Hans Zimmer, Dire Straits - and those are the ones that spring to my feeble mind.
But nobody here has ever heard of him. He lives in a rented house and is certainly not rich! The only person I knew who made it to a few million only on the back of being an audio engineer was Bruce Swedien. All the others cite as being famous engineers earned their money primarily as producers, i.e. they had a finger in the pie.
Or as Quincy Jones once put it "The money's in the music!"
As for most DIY'ed music being garbage, I tend to agree.