anybody serious at his audiowork does not buy a pc for 200eur and uses cracked software to make serious audio...
I have to disagree. Strongly. The price point simply makes it impossible for a lot of people in this day's economy to afford the tools they want to make music
Concede me the minimum stuff:
1) A PC (today about 499 Euros for a Dell)
2) A DAW (Reaper 60 Euros, Live Intro 99 Euros, Ardour - Free including a lot of plugins but needs Linux)
3) An Audio card (USB ranges from 60 Euro onwards)
4) A Keyboard Controller (99 onwards UMX-250- includes audio interface and software)
5) Headphones (30 Euros onwards)
Sum this up : 499+60+99=658 Euros (UMX-250 is an USB Audio as well)
If you take this as a starter kit (I know not top of the tops but I make good music with a FCA202 from Behringer, 99 Euros).It's expensive for some (1 month of salary) but the only part of the kit you can steal is the DAW. On the internet there are tons of free vst (sorry Ableton) that sometime make noises that are similar or even better than the commercial alternatives. Music does not depend on how much money you spend on your equipment. So even if it looks expensive in the end it's affordable even if it can take you months to save money. Do not forget that in EU there are special discounts on PC for students that could even reduce the effort. There is also 'collective buying' where people put together their effort to buy what's needed. So IMHO your point is good but a little weak. Not an excuse for robbery. If you do not have the money now and you really think you want to make music you can save on other less important things and you can achieve what you want. This day's economy doesn't pay everyone the same amount because it's based on competition (and corruption.. and all the bad that this system brings in
). In USSR in the glorious 70s or 80s they had musical instruments paid by the government, musicians needed to study music in special schools 6 days a week and they were employed in bands that played inside the borders of the big USSR territory. Not only Classical Music but Jazz and Pop and yes the folk/country genre as well. Today many wanna be musicians do not even now how to write a notation or what a chord is.
- My 2 Cents
PS : The usage of 'You' was not intended as an offense or directed to you in person but rather as a generic 'You'.