It's not that the studio owner's job is more important. The issue is, we are eliminating the job which often times produces good quality for degraded quality so that some programmer that (often times) may not even know anything about music can make a buck and degrade music even further.
This is sort of what I got from the OP. Stuff like this makes certain things simplistic, but you yourself admitted a lot of music sucks. Don't you think some of the innovation is the reason? I sure do. People are excepting quantity over quality. It's the same thing I mentioned in my business. People were more concerned with paying less for something that they actually spent more on in the long run for the sake of quantity sacrificing quality.
Maybe you like the idea of the majority of music sucking, but I sure don't. I'm sick of hearing over-limited garbage where people actually try to make themselves believe that distortion on everything makes things sound better. Or a singer that sings out of key to the point of fixing himself to sound like a robot is cool and they use "unique" or "art" in place of good old honest talent and greatness.
I've embraced the new technology and use it as a tool when necessary. However, I don't think this stuff should eliminate quality and jobs. As I said in one of my other posts....I'm not against evolution, man. I love the new stuff! I'm sad I won't be here to see what happens in like the year 3000 if this place is still around. However, quality is and always will remain, something that is super important to me.
There are kids that spent 50k at Full Sail that probably won't find a job as an engineer unless they intern and suck a lot of ass for free....IF studios are even around. The little studio shouldn't have to close any more than the little mom and pop shop that sells service. Dude, I sold a business because several of my distributors decided that they were going to sell to anyone. They already had my accounts....I bought from him, and he undercut me to get my accounts. LOL! There was a rule for that....the big guys would never mess with the little guys. You had to spend obnoxious amounts of money before they would sell to just anyone, and most of the little clients couldn't afford to spend $1000+ on a shipment.
This same thing is happening with new technology. As I mentioned in my other post, the big companies are just taking it all when in reality, it doesn't need to be that way. Innovation and being a glutton are two different things. Ok, hypothetical here. Not trying to sound facetious or be a dick towards you. Just trying to make a point the only way I know how.
Would it bother you if someone released a product that generated an auto-code that allowed everyone to create the plugins of their choosing in under an hour for $50? They of course would look like ass and sound like ass too while further degrading music, but hey...you're ok with music sucking, because, well, so many people are recording, right?
Sure, what you do is specialty work. No two plugs are the same even if the same principal is used....but what if someone could cop what you do without your technology and have the same outcome? It's happening already...but what if anyone that recorded music could just have this plugin creation software? We wouldn't really need guys like you, would we? And this wouldn't bother you?
So let's say here you are...a plugin maker that is doing pretty good. You're not loaded but you're comfortable and paying your bills. You're older, you may have a few health problems...you may not be as young and aggressive as you once were. You're 60, and you aren't selling any plugins. What do you do? Who is going to hire you? Is that really fair that some joker put you out of work with something that took you weeks or months, and with the new technology, took under an hour and is available for everyone? If you say yes, I respect that. But I can't disagree more.
I don't know Boz...you can call it evolution, great technology or whatever else you feel fits...I think it's pure and utter gluttony and I find it really unfair and settling once again for quantity over quality. I'd rather pay you a few more dollars to build me something extraordinary over paying a smaller fee for something that hands me an ass hoagie. That's just me though.