You misunderstood, I said your original statement was half true. For engineers and companies that need this equipment for their jobs to function efficiently is way different than needing a $250k console to make something sound good. I never once mentioned efficiency or compatibility for use. My statement was 100% about mixing and clientele and you don't need X gear to make something sound good.
but the more I improve my skills, the less I need that stuff
when you are unskilled you don't know exactly what you need, and as skills improve you start to focus on what works and is more efficient and effective. As I have improved I 100% want or need less. I want simple easy and quick and something that is more profitable to me. buying a 250K console is not ever going to be profitable to me and if I ever did need to do a project where multiple people that required such a setup I would go to a studio that has that equipment, after all they hired me for my skills not my equipment. I don't ever see myself working with multiple engineers at one time on the same console or ever dealing with clientele that need something like that in my studio. That's not what I'm interested in and not what I want to do, and if you think that's ridiculous, well that's the same as going to any other job you hate just because they are giving you money. I absolutely have the luxury of turning down jobs and keeping with my mission statement. And its not just me, plenty of engineers are ditching their gear for a laptop, going to a studio to track and going home to finish the project.
And with all the home studios popping up these monster studios are dying and becoming less important
If you don't see this as true I don't know what to say. The entire evolution of the digital world has caused the cost of making a record decrease significantly, this is not because home studios are taking clients, its because big studios are losing clients and budgets. There are other reasons for this but If you take out the decline in music sales as a whole, this seems to be one of the more logical reasons. its just supply and demand and the guy down the street is doing it for cheaper. this isn't really happening on a top level, but since labels aren't really signing artists to develop anymore, these artists are forced to do it on their own, which means if they can get a solid demo or album down at a home studio or in some cases by themselves at home that means that the studios that did have work no longer do and times that by a big number...
they are completely different in my opinion, but in the terms of what we are talking about - studio space and equipment and engineering skills. If all the studios in the world suddenly blew up and all studios needed to start over, which industry would have the better studios built? that's where I am at, the music industry is spending less and less on studios where the movie industry is a monster.
Maybe I am just being to realistic, but this market is a niche, even within music you have studios that rely heavily on a certain genre, so to try to build a studio to satisfy every niche seems ridiculous and to me kind of sounds like what you are after. for me, I would love to do punk bands all day, I have absolutely zero interest in doing any broadcast, films, or video game mixing, that sounds painfully awful to me.