micheljarre wrote:.....but I'd expect to have results that I would consider to sound "professional".....
Yes, that is exactly what you should strive for and what we all want. The point some are trying to make is that buying the "best" equipment does not automatically give one that professional sound. It takes time and devotion to finally
get to that.
micheljarre wrote:.....The barrier I meant is the technical effort to take to produce acceptable results, not the pure financial aspects. This is difficult to describe, because what does "acceptable" mean? This is the reason why I mentioned the big shows like State of Trance.
Acceptable is simply "Are YOU
happy with the result?"
For most, never. Been there done that. Now, I trust myself and have learned to enjoy what it is. Again, this takes time to learn that what it is is acceptable. If it pleases you then you're done; if it doesn't then go back to the drawing board.
Just be careful you don't cook yourself in the process, and that is easy to do.
Learn to trust yourself and make yourself happy with what it is
micheljarre wrote:.....Of course, the arrangement and some very details make a production great, but I thought it would also be some well established tools.
Don't misunderstand - the better the tool the better the result, naturally.
However, just don't think going in that because you have the "well established" tool you will achieve instant "professional" sound. There are people here that can make the worst instrument sound pretty darn good
You have to work at it, and it takes time.
A lot of times we think that with this tool I will sound great. But the reality is, until I know "How" to use the tool, I'm not going to sound great (or professional as you put it).
Bottom line - put in the time. We call it paying your dues
If you devote yourself to it, no matter what tools you use, you will come out professional sounding.