Hi Allysiu, studio equipment of a very high quality, is now available and affordable, to many people interested in creating and recording their own music at home.
In my home rehearsal/recording studio, I can record bands of up to 5 members, live, as if it were at a live gig and provide them with a demo recording, good enough to get them gigs.
The main down-side to home studios, is the environment that they are set-up in. Sound-proofing and acoustic treatment can use a lot of your budget. Noise pollution, both ways, can be a serious problem and access may be an issue for visitors.
However, having the facility to use, at any reasonable time, with no fees, gives you an incredible sense of freedom to be creative and productive.
Commercial studios have much more top of the range equipment available and have separation between instruments and artists, using booths or screens. They have a control room, to separate the recording equipment from the recording areas and provide the correct acoustics for playback and mixing. They will also have industry recognized recording software and hardware.
With regard to skill level, the modern digital equipment is not just about pre-sets, giving you quick set-up and fixes. It enables far more retrievable and non-destructive control over the minutest of adjustments. There are new skills replacing old skills.
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2011 17:35:34 GMT 1 by John Bell