[ProAudio] Prosumer gear & the home recording industry

mark whitehouse mark at procopy.com.au
Mon Nov 4 18:08:13 EST 2019

This is a good topic as it's got many implications these days.
Not just the erosion of work in the "Pro" area as the differences between
high end and consumer become ever closer.
But it must be making buying new equipment a much more onerous task. Do you
take the financial risk?
Do you spend $10,000 on x or $1,000 and make do and compete on a similar
cost base to the small domestic studios,
How do we fund high end equipment and innovation with a smaller user and
sales base?
In a few years I feel that the second hand market will be undermined and
previously good quality high end equipment will have a far less residual
value, and very few people will want it.  This will continue impact on the
resale value of businesses.
If people can do it  ITB and it sounds ok, they will,
The consumers discerning ear seems to be disappearing at a rate of knots
and much more than that budget to do it, along with the transient nature of
"Music On Demand" and instant gratification it's fostering an industry
that's becoming increasingly difficult to earn a living.


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On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 8:10 AM Corey Bailey Audio Engineering <
proaudio at baileyzone.net> wrote:

> The Prosumer and home recording industry has been with us for awhile.
> During the mid 1970's, Jim Messina was to receive the first 1" 16Tr.
> Tascam deck imported to the West coast. Jim wanted the machine fully
> checked out before he took delivery. Since I knew what he had in his
> studio, I was given the task. Little did I know at the time, that this
> was the camel's nose under the tent. Within a couple of years, the home
> recording industry exploded onto the scene. By the late 1970's, I found
> myself getting calls to service home studios.
> My $0.02,
> Corey
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> www.baileyzone.net
> On 11/3/2019 1:24 PM, David Josephson wrote:
> <SNIP>
> > Despite the excellent efforts over the last few years from David
> > Schierman, Michael MacDonald and others solidly rooted in the west
> > coast pro audio manufacturing community, there hasn’t been critical
> > mass to support a big event of our own. This has much more to do with
> > migration and growth of the industry toward the prosumer and away from
> > the specialist, than anything AES did or could do.
> <SNIP>
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