If George Martin and the Beatles had Live 8, Waves Mercury, an Apogee quartet, an Imac and their microphones from their studio they would create a masterpiece. They wouldn't be sitting around bitching about the sound quality. Imagine having to work with a tape based four track recorder. No undo button folks. If you bounce the tracks and you screw up you have to do the multitrack recording all over again.
Anyone with talent and hard work can make any of the major DAWs sound amazing.