From the article:
Now when I say “gear” in this context, I’m not talking about consoles, vintage microphones, outboard EQs or anything like that. I’m talking about your room and everything in it. So in this case, “gear” could be the way your room sounds, acoustic treatment, monitoring, converters, etc. I’m not even talking about the preference for mixing in or out of the box.
Regardless of age, genre, tech era, or workflow, the writer is attacking the myth that Grammy winning mixes don’t come from laptops and headphones. I feel the hardware/ITB debate is a different one all together. And he’s challenging the notion that its possible compete in this industry without adequate tools even IF you happen to be good at mixing.
Is the example you don’t agree with the one about the guy opening a tire shop with a lug wrench and a jack? And then expecting to win an engineering award?
This article isn’t suggesting you can’t mix anything at all with starter gear. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere. Its also not implying that if you don’t have a plugin library like mine that you shouldn’t even try. Its calling out the Bullshitters that think you can win a Grammy with an Maudio interface, a pair of headphones, and ProTools LE.