A handful of reviews written about “Home Studio Setup” have one common complaint. “This book is aimed towards hobbyists with a small fortune.” They complain because the book seems to spend a large amount of focus on ideal scenarios. The book is precisely designed to address and foil a specific myth. The following four statements can sum it up:
A skilled engineer with high quality equipment can produce extraordinary results.
A skilled engineer with low quality equipment can produce excellent results.
An unskilled engineer with high quality equipment can produce mediocre results.
An unskilled engineer with low quality equipment can produce horrible results.
The common thread is that no matter how good the equipment, it is the skill of the engineer that will always shine through in the end result. Part of what makes an engineer skilled is their knowledge of high quality equipment, their familiarity with acoustically musical spaces, and their trained ear. It is impossible to impart this amount of knowledge, experience, and training in a short book, but it is possible to point readers in the right direction towards becoming a skilled engineer.