Originally Posted by MAzevedo
Personally, if I was putting a room together and budget was a concern (ie. for less than $25,000) I would put all my money into monitoring and acoustics and do all the processing in the box.
While plug-ins are generally not The Best choice, there are many that Good. If you don't have a monitoring situation where you can hear the last 10th of a dB you need to tweak something, who cares that you have fancy outboard. I would look seriously at sinking at least $25,000 into the room, speakers, amps, and monitor controller before I started shopping for processing hardware.
Very true!! Take this advice seriously - this is the best answere you could get! I know this is gearslutz, but don't ever be fooled into believing that any shiny-gear-aquisation you might consider will AS dramatically improve your results as your listening environment is capable of.
For years I always believed that I couldn't master without the gear I was using. Last year we invested heavily into a new room, and I can assure you it was the best investment we ever made. In our new room I feel I could master an Album just using eg. the Waves Mastering Bundle - not that I'd want to!!! I'm not saying this will yield the best results, but certainly better than a rack full of hi end mastering gear in a mediocre room with a pair of BM6...