Really? I'll admit that there is much I don't know everything about this stuff. Enlighten me. What can you buy under $250,000 that can compete with an avid S5? I'd love to see another mixer can scale to 1000 channels, both digital and analog. With onboard DSP, 64 master outputs, fully automated recall even for the analog side (including gain staging, aux sends and routing). And one that has more than 256 sends and returns that can routed with a mouse click, eliminating the need to ever touch a patchbay. And what would it normally cost to have a redundant emergency changeover system? I would love to know about a cheap mixer that can tie directly into a multi-user media server to access and edit files stored on an enterprise network without having to move a single folder to a local drive. Last time I checked only the major ones can do that. If someone can't get these features in a sub $250K rig, doesn't it follow that low end gear is indeed downright incapable of doing what you would do with an S5, Harrison MPC-5 or Studer Vista 9?
The S5's are not just for movies. Oprah used one at Harpo, NASA is still using theirs. The Sydney Opera house, Lakewood church, and the church of scientology all have these. MSNBC, FOX, and ABC have them in their live-to-air rooms. To say you only need one if you're doing movies seems incorrect. I bought the S5 that used to be in Jay Leno's Tonight Show studio. If it helps to put a face with the name, the pictures above are the S5's at Peter Jackson's studio in New Zealand, and at the Skywalker ranch in CA.
Your skills have nothing to do with the need for this stuff. As I said to @bozmillar earlier, if you can't compete on the level of project capacity (meaning your setup is too damn small) and efficiency (meaning several people can't mix the same song at once on the same mixer at once, which is going to make you too damn slow), then your skills don't mean shit.
We hear this a lot. Seems like a total non-sequitur to me. Think about it. It hinges on the premise that home studios actually take work away from the monster ones. Right? The monster studios are doing work that the home studios are incapable of doing anyway. What I believe the home studios took work away from, were small studios and other home studios that wanted to pretended they were mid sized studios. So the home studio movement killed off a bunch of wannabes. Thats all. Mid level studios are thriving at the moment, and I see the home studios feeding the them, not killing them.
For the same reasons I just stated about the mixing console and the staffing at a major studio, the clients that would hire Sony's audio services division to mix something, would never have sent it to a home studio to begin with. Again, project capacity, efficiency. Home studios can't compete. Low budget gear. Can't compete.
I'll turn that on its head and say that I don't think you can dichotomize the two. What is an industry? Product, distribution, sales, and revenue...right? Agree? How can you NOT compare the movie industry with the music industry, when the music industry derives more than half its domestic revenue from film, gaming, broadcast, and advertising?
Yes, movies have large budgets...they have amazing budgets. So do video games! Go get you some!!