Jesse my studio is in S.E. Florida, Port Saint Lucie, and like yours, it is a room in my house. Im put together some pictures taken over a period of time, different rooms, different houses, I will post them on the studio thread soon!
Its true as you say, Mike, That recording something like a cello is very critical and to capture the performance the best gear will truly express the unique timbre of the instrument, but to say that a heavily process layered synth part does not benefit from the same attention, Im not so sure. Certainly deep space verb will give the impression of spreading a signal to the other side of the galaxy but I do believe that what you put in is paramount to what you get out....if it goes in muddy, chance is it will come out that way, although much more interesting.
Your point about the Homeowner and their flooded basement is well made.....and as I have repeated throughout this thread its not just the pre & AD, there are more important issues. First and for most is putting up in the home brew studio, acoustical treatment. It is the number one cause of the annoying frequencies that you mentioned earlier. Standing waves are going nuts in a room without it. I know this from experience. My own CD which contains music written over a 6 year period was done so in an environment completely devoid of any acoustical treatment.....tiny Yamaha MSP5 monitors in a concrete room & tile floor, yes a through rug but nothing else. I did not know and I just wrote and wrote without a care until in 2008 I decide to make something of all this music. What a mixing nightmare it was. Sort of like when some one sets off a round in close quarters in a movie with everyone screaming don't do it and then diving for cover as the bullet ricochets round and a round. I can recall using up to at least two eq plug ins to cut the bass on certain tracks, one simply was not enough.
This is a really great discussion, important things are being addressed!